Joseph O'Brien's busy week continues with a further seven runners at Leopardstown and Limerick on Tuesday, and here are his exclusive views on them all...
"Her second-place finish in a Grade 3 mares novice chase at Cork last time was a particularly good effort. That form gives her an excellent chance back in maiden company and hopefully she will prove tough to beat."
- Joseph O'Brien on Scarlet And Dove
Needs to bounce back to his best
Touch Of Oscar won a handicap chase at Navan in September, but hasn't been in as good form in his last couple of starts. He will need to bounce back to his best to be competitive in this company.
Hopeful of big runs for my pair
Forged In Fire beat Ferny Hollow in a bumper at this meeting a year ago and that form stamped him as a smart hurdling prospect for this season. His seasonal and hurdling debut at Navan earlier this month was just satisfactory and I'm hoping that he just needed the run. Hopefully he'll produce a much-improved performance here.
Risk Factor was a smart horse in bumpers and we were happy with his latest run over hurdles back in September. He shaped as though the step up to this longer trip would suit him and I'd be hopeful that he can run a big race.
Trip and track will suit
Slige Dala has won two bumpers and a maiden hurdle already this season. He enters handicap company now and his mark seems to be a fair one. This trip and track will suit and I'm hopeful that'll he'll run well.
Scarlet should be tough to beat back in maiden company
Scarlet And Dove has run very well in both her starts over fences this season. Her second-place finish in a Grade 3 mares novice chase at Cork last time was a particularly good effort. That form gives her an excellent chance back in maiden company and hopefully she will prove tough to beat.
Miss Pernickety has run well in a number of bumpers and maiden hurdles without winning and we have been looking forward to seeing her over a fence. This company might be a bit strong for her, but we'll be hoping that she makes a positive start to her chasing career here.
Ran well last time but she might miss this for a race on Wednesday
Lunar Display looked to be running a big race when falling at the final flight in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse last month. We decided to give her a run in a bumper after that and she ran well to finish third in a Listed mares' contest at Navan. She is also in a re-arranged maiden hurdle at Limerick on Wednesday and could potentially run there.