THE VERY MAN has been in cracking form with a win at Naas on the back of a close-up second at Navan.
He picked up really nicely for Davy Russell when scoring over this trip last time and give in the ground isn’t an issue.
Fellow Gigginstown hope Momus was beaten in a photo at Down Royal last time out in January. He was in front for a long way there and the first-time blinkers may just help him get home.
Wajaaha got the job done in good style in a Leopardstown handicap earlier this month over two miles. His rider didn’t have to pick up the whip so he was value for even further than four lengths. This race looks a little hotter but he should be right there again.
Road To Dubai travelled like a decent hurdler when winning in the mud at Perth last time out in September. He should handle this slightly longer distance if fit enough after six months off.
ACCIDENTAL REBEL is still getting the hang of things over hurdles but he went close in a big field at Leopardstown two runs ago before another solid run at Thurles. He’s a fair 4lb higher than that runner-up effort which gives him every chance.
Bread And Butter put in an improved effort when second in a Gowran handicap latest. He may have won but for a couple of late mistakes that knocked him off his stride. He appreciates plenty of give in the ground so doesn’t want it to try out too much.
Kilmurry showed positive signs when fourth in a similar race to this at Fairyhouse last time. He had no issues getting home over slightly further and stamina may be an asset with plenty of pace likely.
Severus Alexander got no luck in running when fourth at Leopardstown latest. It is still early days for him as a hurdler and he’s capable of a better showing today.
GUN DIGGER can carry the Tiger Roll colours to National glory — in the Ulster version.
He came right back to his best when winning a decent contest at Leopardstown last time. His jumping was excellent and he is one of several chances for Gordon Elliott.
The County Meath trainer fires no less than SIX darts with Rachael Blackmore an eyecatching booking on Cheb De Kerviniou who was a good second at Naas last time out.
Willie Mullins has just one running for him but Ifyoucatchmenow could carry off the prize. She battled to strike at Punchestown over this trip and will relish the ground.
THE TRIGGER came back to his best when third at Musselburgh last time in a race that is working out nicely. That was over three miles but this shorter distance won’t be an issue, especially if there’s still some heavy in the ground.
Golden Sunset looks a threat after winning at Down Royal two starts ago. He made a late blunder when down the field at Leopardstown after that and is capable of better from what looks a fair mark.
Most of these are inconsistent and it would be no surprise to see Whydah do a lot better than we have seen lately given that he comes from Jessica Harrington’s yard.
Drummullagh Boy has put in two poor efforts since winning at Down Royal at Christmas and a change in the saddle could do him good from what should still be a reasonable mark.
| 1.40 All About Joe|
2.10 The Very Man (nb)
2.40 Accidental Rebel
3.10 GUN DIGGER (NAP)
3.40 The Trigger
4.10 Complete Sizing (tbl)