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Flyaway Maggie just about has the best form in a very modest contest. Restricted to horses who have yet to reach the placings in any race, the field is made up of lightly raced types who should do better once handicapping. The Mick Flannery-trained filly stepped up on two ordinary runs when fifth at Roscommon last month, before backing that up with a fair effort on the flat last time.
All About Beth has the highest rating of those to have received a mark. Her course-and-distance run here in April is ordinary form but might still be enough in a race of this nature.
SELECTION: FLYAWAY MAGGIE
Next Best: All About Beth
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Former French-trained Weddell Sea can continue the recent good form of Andrew McNamara. An impressive winner of his maiden hurdle at Roscommon last time, he remains totally unexposed over flights, so could be well treated by conditions. As a four-year-old, he gets all the allowances, while Paddy O’Hanlon can also take off an additional 5lbs.
Dartington returned to form with a polished display at Wexford last time. A former useful handicapper on the level, he should be suited to the likely strong pace of this race.
SELECTION: WEDDELL SEA
Next Best: Dartington
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Natural Look can win on just her second start for Declan Queally. The mare, who was placed three times in point-to-points, made an encouraging stable debut at Clonmel recently.
With that run having most likely brought her on in terms of fitness, she should be spot on for this assignment. Her trainer does very well with his runners at this local track.
Where’s Bunny won over fences here last month off a higher mark. The seven-year-old now reverts to hurdling in an attempt to exploit his lower rating in that discipline. Having shown fair form over flights prior to his chase win, he has to be a serious contender.
SELECTION: NATURAL LOOK
Next Best: Where’s Bunny
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Meetingofthewaters appears to hold leading claims judged on what he has achieved to date. The former winning point-to-pointer easily landed a Downpatrick bumper in May, having shown promise on his rules debut the time before. There was plenty to take from his introduction to hurdling at Ballinrobe recently and with normal improvement he should be hard to beat.
Dragon Rock won’t need to be anything out of the ordinary to make a winning racecourse debut. Twice placed in point-to-points earlier this year, the Shantou gelding makes his first start for Willie Mullins now. It would be no great surprise to see him go in at the first time of asking in the colours of the trainers’ wife.
Next Best: Dragon Rock
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Reverse Polarity has to give weight to her rivals but might do so on a track she runs well at. Beaten a neck in a bumper here two years ago, she went one better when winning her maiden hurdle 12 months on. Having made a promising chasing debut at this venue last time, she now reverts to flights in an attempt to make it win number two.
Bear Claws showed signs of a revival when fourth at Roscommon last month. The former course winner has dropped considerably in the weights and could be ready to strike for the McNamara family.
SELECTION: REVERSE POLARITY
Next Best: Bear Claws
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Mater Matuta can follow up her recent course-and-distance win at a track that clearly suits.
The daughter of Dawn Approach had flattered to deceive on a few occasions over the years but put it all together with a strong display when running out an easy winner last month. Meeting similar opposition on this occasion, she can add to her career tally.
Withallduerespect rates a serious threat for the Henry de Bromhead/Charlie O’Dwyer combination. A good winner at Clonmel last time, the eight-year-old has also shown his effectiveness around this tighter track.
SELECTION: MATER MATUTA
Next Best: Withallduerespect
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The admirable and consistent Easy Game can complete the four-timer for the year, before a possible tilt at the Galway Plate. Second in last year’s Ballybrit feature, the Willie Mullins-trained gelding has been in excellent form since returning to action in April.
He has almost certainly been prepared for a repeat Plate bid and should be forward enough to take this nice prize en route.
Notebook looks the one most likely to put up a challenge to the Mullins horse. The former Grade 1-winning chaser, may not be at his peak but remains a smart performer on his day and could also have Galway in his sights.
SELECTION: EASY GAME
Next Best: Notebook