Timeform pick out three bets from Downpatrick on Friday evening...
"...with the even longer trip expected to be within reach, he is fancied to defy a 4 lb higher mark..."
Timeform on Banksoftheshannon
Caro des Flos sets a clear standard and seems to have found the ideal opportunity to get off the mark in a race that distinctly lacks depth. Gordon Elliott's Count Simon is the obvious danger if building on an encouraging hurdling bow, while Benefit North could get involved if settling better than when only fourth at Ayr last time.
Banksoftheshannon left his previous exploits in his wake when a keeping on second over shorter at Leopardstown on Boxing Day and, with the even longer trip expected to be within reach, he is fancied to defy a 4 lb higher mark. Likely improver El Rouli and Littlestickarubarb rate next best.
Sizing Rome had the measure of Eddies Miracle (by four and a half lengths) and Clondaw Frisby at Down Royal 11 days ago and, while he's 5 lb worse off with that pair, it would be no surprise if he were to uphold the form given the manner of his victory. The last-named pair remain the likeliest threats ahead of Macs Legend in a weak heat.