One winner last week at a short price in my racingtv.com column, so it’s back to the drawing board on Sunday with four selections who are all expected to run well. Best of luck.
Predicting how well flat recruits will take to hurdling is a precarious business, but when they come from the Henry De Bromhead yard having already shown a decent level of form on the flat, they are well worth a second look.
This horse won at Gowran Park two starts ago in June before he was beaten at Navan on his handicap debut.
He has been given a break, presumably to get him ready for this discipline, and there are no representatives in here from the Elliott or Mullins yards.
Henry De Bromhead has his horses in tremendous form - as evidenced by three winners in the past four days, including the useful, and classy, Aspire Tower.
Hurricane Cliffs can provide him with another winner on this horses hurdling debut.
This mare has won two of her last three starts, but there is definitely promise of more to come now that she is stepped up in trip to two and a half miles.
She was beaten here at Huntingdon over two miles last time out where the relative test of speed did not play to her strengths.
Her recent good form has come on the back of a second wind operation and it makes sense to be with her while she is on a high.
Who What When will be a formidable opponent having won very comfortably at Exeter in October, but I am happy to be with Perfect Myth now that she steps up in trip.
I think this horse is quite a useful type and can win again here. He ran well in two competitive bumpers last December and after ten months off, won on his hurdling debut at Galway despite being easy in the market.
The time that he posted in winning there was good and there is more improvement to come, particularly if he can just brush his jumping up a bit.
His trainer, Gordon Elliott, is in fine form and has won two of the past ten renewals of this Listed Novices Hurdle.
Goodbye Someday will be favourite here and sets a decent standard, but in Ragnar Lodbrok we have a horse who seems to be somewhat underrated and hails from an in-form yard, with the promise of improvement to come.
This gelding won last time out at Taunton when trained by David Dennis, and that was his first career success and only his second start over fences.
He won comfortably by nine lengths and has potential in this sphere given his lightly-raced profile.
He has now joined the red-hot yard of Fergal O’Brien and more improvement is highly likely.
The Taunton win came off a rating of 105 and he now has to race off a 10lb pound higher mark, but Connor Brace takes off a valuable three pounds.
This is a modest Class 4 Handicap and is ideal for this lightly-raced, and progressive, six-year-old who promises to improve for his new connections.
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