This looks a good opportunity for the Gordon Elliot trained runner to break his maiden tag. He`s shown improvement in each of his 4 starts under rules, including when just beaten by the Willie Mullins trained Jon Snow in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown on his latest start.
In a race where a few have question marks about them, Mary Frances looks the most likely to run her race. She posted a career-best effort last time out with a gutsy victory in a competitive Pertemps qualifier at Punchestown. With form figures of 1-2-F at Thurles conditions will be no problem and with her jockey claiming a handy 7lbs she doesn’t look to be badly treated against some higher rated opponents.
Showed a bit more promise on handicap debut recently in a similar event to this. Was held up well off the pace that day before making some late headway from an unpromising position. Will need to improve again today but the step up in trip combined with an extra 7lbs of his back today should both help.
Unbeaten in his completed charts starts, Sizing Pottsie is expected to continue his upward curve and be able to concede weight to all his rivals. His jumping was pretty fluent last time despite a tendency to jump right at some of his obstacles, so the switch to a right-handed course looks a good move. He was well on top at the finish that day finishing 12 lengths in front of the reposing Cut The Mustard and the manner of that victory suggests there is plenty more to come.
The Arthur Moore trained runner looks interesting here on the pick of his best form. He finished behind a couple of these last time out over CD but was returning from nearly a year off the track. He showed up well that day until 2 out, before looking as if the run was needed. With just the 5 starts so far over fences, he looks like one of few in this race who still have more improvement to come.
In a race where few have a solid profile Dortmund Park is taken to bounce back from a couple of below-par efforts over fences this season. He was badly hampered last time out before dropping away tamely as if something was amiss. Blinkers are an interesting move and the return to a right-handed track will also suit.
Looks an interesting newcomer for a yard who does well in these types of races. Well related to a bumper winner and Jamie Codd looks a positive jockey booking.