Chris Dixon has worked as a race analyst at Racing UK since 2009, having worked as a broadcaster at Coral TV and written big-race previews for the Press Association. He is a keen punter and successful racehorse owner.
Regularly a strong traveller through her races, she shaped quite well in some fairly competitive low-grade handicaps off higher marks than this last season and those efforts suggest she’s up to winning a race of this nature off her slowly declining rating.
Global Citizen took off upon joining Ben Pauling from Jonjo O’Neill last season and it’s interesting the same owners have made that stable switch with Plus One. His best form suggests he's well treated.
Gary Moore runners are always of interest at his local jumps track and he also does very well with his juvenile hurdlers so his filly Tazka catches the eye. An import from France, where she showed ability without winning on the Flat, she shaped well on her hurdles debut Kempton last month.
Has the ability to win one of these off a mark of 146 and has been aimed at this race since the end of his novice campaign last season. A smart bumper performer, he has some very strong novice hurdle form from last season.
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Things didn’t go to plan after his defeat of Lalor and Summerville Boy at Cheltenham in December, but he still ran some respectable races in defeat and he can exploit a rating of 145.
Johnny is a Dublin-based journalist and tipster, who has been working in racing for nearly half of his life. He has worked compiling prices for Timeform and the Racing Post, and also wrote for the Irish Independent, while he is now freelancing for The Times in Ireland, RTE and Newstalk. Irish racing, Irish football and Gaelic games are his other passions.
Rider Eoin O'Connell is an excellent asset in a race like this and it is eye-catching that the mare ran so well behind the useful Us And Them in a maiden hurdle 12 months ago at this venue. Her Galway Festival effort represents excellent form.
This looks a potential clash between Malone Road and Mount Leinster, with the former readily preferred. Given that he won a point, the speed he showed when scooting clear at Down Royal was sensational.
Our tipster selects the horses who fit all the big-race trends.
Ran better than his 7½l sixth suggested in the Supreme having been badly hampered two out, before looking a non-stayer over 2m4f at Aintree. A mark of 145 looks generous and he can continue the fine record of handicap debutantes.