I drew a blank yesterday but hope to bounce back with Hurricane Fly or Un de Sceaux and a couple of other live chances.
Verawal needs a career best to get involved here at the finish. He was well down the field in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham but was on the pace for a long way before he faded. I’m more hopeful than confident that he’ll run into the money.
Argentino ran well for a long way at Cork before tipping up at the last. Bryan Cooper rides.
Upazo lacks experience but won well the last day at Fairyhouse in a Novice Chase. He has 10-9 to carry today against way more experienced rivals in this handicap so will have to get jumping to stay in it.
Dogora ran a blinder at Cheltenham but the 4m 1f trip will stretch him here. The exact opposite applies to Uncle Junior who even at 14 could do with further.
I think 3m will really suit the Hurricane Fly. He’s in great form and I can’t wait to ride him. The one thing for sure is that he’ll never give in and always runs his race.
He won over 2m 4f as a four-year-old so he should have no problems getting the trip as an 11-year-old now.
He’s in great form at home and I always thought he had a better chance of winning this race at Punchestown than beating Faugheen on Friday.
Pleasant Company should run a big race and be bang there – but I don’t know if he’ll improve that much on his Fairyhouse third (to Jimmy Two Times) to win this, unless this turns out to be a weaker contest. He looks short enough in the market to me at the moment based on that run.
I’d least fancy Killer Crow of Willie’s other runners whereas Avant Tous could improve and is crying out for this trip.
The ground was too quick for Un de Sceaux at Aintree so he came out. Thankfully, there seems to be a little bit of juice in the ground now so that will help today.
All he needs is average luck to collect. Nobody can win with bad luck and if there’s good luck going I’d take that too.
Henry de Bromhead’s Smashing looks to be the best of the rest but ideally, he may want a longer trip. Un de Sceaux won’t hang around though so Smashing’s stamina should stand to him.
Uranna is sure to stay and she’ll be up on the pace all the way. Whatever gets past me is going to have to stay. The race conditions favour Patrick’s mount Lyrical Theatre and I’ve a sneaky feeling that Willie thinks Whiteout could be the one to beat over 2m on drier ground.
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