Early Bird – 10th March

Bollihope travelled really well, looking the winner two out but surprisingly found very little.

3:40 Gowran Park – Scoir Mear

Been trying to get a win into this horse ever since I spotted it, like many others did, flying at the finish in the Coral Cup from an uncompromising position. IT was made co favourite for a big handicap at Punchestown and duly flopped, from where it has now gone chasing. Outclassed in beginner chases it was only when it was sent handicapping that it showed some promise, finishing 2nd over 2m though never able to get near the winner. Clearly suited to big field handicaps it can be ridden patiently and brought late. If it sees the trip out then there is no denying off a mark 6lb lower than its hurdles, which I believe is a low mark anyway then connections can certainly take advantage in handicap chases.
1.5pt win Scoir Mear @ 11/2 BetVictor
2:25 Sandown – Whatswrongwithyou
Looks like it has got in very lightly after a couple of novice victories over some decent yardsticks. The form of its last win has worked out well with the fourth going in since, whilst the time before that the runner up has since won another novice and is rated 144. Handles soft ground, has course form having made its hurdle debut here when a close second to Ainchea and from a leading yard in Henderson’s. Favourite but rightly so as it may be a class above these.
1.5pt win Whatswrongwithyou @ 4/1 Boylesport