ALL FOR JOY (Oliver McKiernan) This point to point winner ran a cracker in a bumper when dividing Gun Digger and hot favourite Rio Vivas representing Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins respectively. The trainer is based very near Dublin and always loves to win at Leopardstown at Christmas time.
BACHASSON (Willie Mullins) Wow! As with Faugheen on Sunday, Willie Mullins expected this lad to win at Thurles on Thursday – but not quite in the way that he did! Paul Townend was mighty impressed, he jumped for fun and we should see him again over the Christmas. Could be anything.
BURREN LIFE (Gordon Elliott) Smooth winner of a novice hurdle but is expected to do even better over fences. Looks versatile trip wise but probably needs plenty of juice in the ground.
FORGE MEADOW (Jessica Harrington) After a bright start to her career she seemed to have lost her way completely. However a complete change of tactics saw her make all at Punchestown, and she was clearly much happier bowling along freely, rather than being help up out the back.
MONALEE (Henry de Bromhead) For such a lightly raced hurdler at the time, he ran a cracker in the Albert Bartlett last March (generally a race for more experienced tough nuts) and made an excellent start over fences last weekend. Trained by a master and looks set for a very fruitful season.
RHINESTONE (Joseph O’Brien) This highly regarded son of Montjeu flopped when an odds on jolly in a bumper at Punchestown. To be fair he was second to a decent sort in Athenean – who was also strongly fancied on the day – and might be a very different horse on better ground.
SHATTERED LOVE (Gordon Elliott) This mare had some highly rated geldings well behind when second to smart stablemate Jury Duty and will take beating when next taking on her own sex again.
WOODLAND OPERA (Jessica Harrington) Put two very tame efforts behind him when dropping back to two miles last Sunday. Trainer said that’s his trip now on soft ground but it could be his best distance over any underfoot conditions.
Another good week from limited opportunities for Declan’s Irish Racing Service with Jury Duty 6/1, Granny Biddy 9/4; Ainsi Va La Vie 11/10, Bachasson 10/11 (won 8/11) and each way gem Mischievous Max second at 14/1.
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