This is all about Gigginstown’s SAMCRO. He may be long odds-on and facing some talented rivals, but he looks to have class to spare and is already becoming a Cheltenham Festival banker.
The festival may be a long way away and Gordon Elliott’s lad may have only had the one run over hurdles, but it was a very special run and reminiscent of the debuts of Yorkhill and Faugheen.
This is another step up the ladder of course, but one he should master with ease and while the odds are prohibitive, he still looks great value.
Turbojet has experience, but lacks class and Jetz could be a little flattered on his Fairyhouse win, so maybe Delta Work can make it a one-two for his connections.
Elliott’s number two shaped with promise in the Fishery Lane and looked in need of the extra half mile he gets here.
He is unlikely to threaten his stablemate, but should grit out the second spot.
Total Recall’s demolition job in the Munster National is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Willie Mullins winning races with new recruits from other yards, so it’s no surprise to see Acapella Bourgeois dominate the market.
A mark of 149 could indeed be very lenient for the favourite, however, he has never been the most reliable jumper and with the likelihood of a strong pace in store – any pressure early could be to his undoing.
Gordon Elliott looks to have his bases covered with six of the field as he seeks a fourth Troytown in succession.
But a chance is taken on LAST GOODBYE taking the glory.
Lizzie Doyle’s six-year-old goes well fresh – so the lack of a recent run is no concern and his desperately unlucky fifth at the Cheltenham Festival in March underlines his likely competitiveness here.
Punters have been keen to latch on to him since that day, so with a 4lb lower mark, perfect conditions and the likelihood of plenty of improvement for the step up to three miles – he should take a lot of beating.
Bonny Kate will no doubt go well on ground she adores, whereas Icantsay and Hurricane Darwin are others likely to be in the thick of it having had this as their aim since their respective wins here.
OWNER J P McManus’ promising stayer GLENLOE caught the eye in a big way in a similar race at Naas and this should be his for the taking.
Gordon Elliott’s six-year-old took a huge blow coming to the second-last before flying home all too late and this looks an ideal opportunity to make amends.
He faces a stern test here from the other J P McManus runner Mon Lino, but the step back up is a big plus and he will be tough to deny with conditions to his liking.
Shannak handles these conditions well and Baie Des Iles aims to exploit the huge disparity between her chase and hurdle ratings, but neither are as much of a threat as Mon Lino.
Paul Nolan’s five-year-old is really getting the hang of things as a handicapper, travelled like a dream at Galway and looks value for more than the winning margin after hitting the front a bit too early there.
Eamonn Hames’ top tips
12.35 Three Queens
1.35 Dixie Highway
2.05 Le Martalin
2.35 Last Goodbye (nap)
3.05 Glenloe (nb)
3.35 Best Of Dubai