Stayed on well to win a Fairyhouse bumper back in October but didn`t run up to anything like that level on his first start over hurdles. Made a couple of errors that day and better is expected this time up after a break of nearly 2 months. Noel Meade`s runners are always to note here with a 37% strike rate in the last year.
Another Noel Meade trained horse who despite still being a maiden after 11 starts looks a fair price in a tight looking race. Was just ran out of things late on at Down Royal on his last start against a 130 horse. Has a leading form chance on that run but connections reach for the blinkers today which could also bring about some improvement dropped down in trip.
Returns from a lay off for new yard today but has gone well fresh in the past. Seems to likes it round here with form figures of 2-1-2. Any drying of the ground will improve his chances and looks on a fair mark with his claiming jockey taking 7lb off.
The feature race of the day it’s no surprise to see the likes of Mullins and Elliot looking to take the Ulster National prize home with the latter accounting for 6 of the runners in the field. Coastal Teip switched back from Hunter Chases having shown himself to be in decent heart on the last occasion when staying on well to finish third at Naas. This step up in trip looks like it will suit based on how he has been finishing his races and would have a decent chance on his best form of his mark.
A race where plenty come with risks attached to them. The Trigger but in one of his better efforts last time out over a longer trip than today at Musselburgh last time. That from looks solid enough for the grade with the 2 who finished ahead both running well again since. Drop in trip should be no problem and has a handy 7lb taken off him today from a much-reduced mark.
Horse who has had his problems but is useful at this level and showed enough last time out in appoint to suggest should be winning again soon. Jamie Codd rides who is always a good jockey to have on your side in these events.
It`s hard to look past the impressive point winner Ballyadam here. The Gordon Elliot trained runner was beaten just under 3 lengths in a decent bumper at Navan on rules debut and with normal improvement to come from that first effort he should be a tough to beat. Of those at bigger odds Kempstone showed a glimmer of promise on his debut at Leopardstown recently and looks the type to improve with racing.