I think Long Dog is a very nice horse. If the handicapper is right in rating him 141 he should win but you have to have respect for Alan Fleming’s horse Adimelo. I thought he was very impressive when he won in Roscommon. He was quite free that day, he ran away, came back to the field and then ran away again and ground out enough to win. He was very impressive that day and will be a big danger in this race.
Henry de Bromhead had a winner yesterday and his two Solatentif and Three Stars will both have some sort of chance but Adimelo is the biggest danger to Long Dog.
Hash Brown had his first run over fences in Limerick in a strongly run novice chase. He jumped a bit novice-y early on and finished behind Silver Platinum.
Steps to Freedom seemed to lose his way and was a long way behind Alelchi Inois in his last run over hurdles at Tramore but look, he is a class horse.
Waheeb had his issues jumping hurdles, maybe he’ll jump fences a bit better. Obviously Guitar Piece was a class horse as a juvenile hurdler. He didn’t take up his engagement because of fast ground at Kilbeggan the last day but he should run a good race today and I believe he jumps very well. It’s a good race but for me if there was market support for Hash Brown you’d have to follow him.
The stiff two miles will really suit Daneking. We discovered he was more of a 2 ½ miler over hurdles. He does have top weight and he’s in the outside draw in 16. We saw in the amateur race last night that the inside draw was a huge advantage. That could play a big part in the result in this race.
Mustadrik, who Justin Kennedy rides, has taken 7 off he was 9-11, down to 9-4, has a good draw in stall three. I’d say the ground was just too soft for him in Ballinrobe last week. I don’t think the ground will be anywhere near as soft in Galway. I’d forgive him that run in Ballinrobe and he could be the one they all have to beat