Five should like six furlongs
14:35 - Latin Five
Latin Five has run very well in all three of his starts. Having found five furlongs at the Curragh to be a bit too sharp for him on his penultimate start, he raced a bit too freely and didn't quite get home over just shy of seven furlongs at Limerick last time, so I'm hoping that six furlongs at the Curragh will prove to be ideal for him. Plenty of his rivals are open to improvement, but I'd be very hopeful he can go close.
Can brew her chances
15:45 - Red Tea
Red Tea has been a really good addition to the team this season and has improved into quite a smart filly. She ran her first disappointing race for us at Royal Ascot last time, but I'm happy enough to draw a line through that. I think this extra furlong and the return to a sounder surface will both be in her favour and the form of her penultimate start in Lanwades Stud Stakes gives her a solid chance.
16:20 - Little Clarinet
Little Clarinet has been a real model of consistency since joining us and was a little bit unlucky not to win at Navan last weekend. She is usually sharp from the gates, but was a bit slow away and ended up quite a way off the pace. She had to make up that ground quite quickly and only lost out by 1/2-length. This is the course and distance she gained her last win over and her draw looks to be good, so all being well she will make another bold bid here.
Likes the long haul
17:30 - Shakespear'sgalley
Shakespear'sgalley has been a revelation over longer trips this season, winning three handicaps already. I thought he won quite well over this course and distance last time and while he'll need to find more improvement off his revised mark here, conditions look ideal for him and he must have a very good chance.
14:10 - Cut Em Down, Gold Seal and Paris Texas
I run three in this and while all of them would have a chance of being competitive if transferring their best hurdles form over to fences, none of them have threatened to do so yet. Hopefully they can show more here, but it will be a race I'll be approaching with hope rather than confidence.
Jack is knocking
14:45 - Ballybrowney Jack
Ballybrowney Jack has knocked on the door a couple of times over fences, but his jumping has let him down a couple of times. The break he has had seems to have done him good, so hopefully he'll make a positive return to action and run well.
16:30 - Wishmoor
Wishmoor has been more miss than hit since joining me, but has tumbled down the ratings as a result. Based on his second in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown back in February he would have a big chance off what is a 10lb lower mark, but he just isn't one to rely on. All we can do is hope!