The defections of In Compliance and Justified yesterday morning were a big blow for a contest which has been won by some cracking horses in the past, including last year by subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup hero War Of Attrition.
The vote today falls on Sir Oj, in a race in which the selection and Adamant Approach have just 2lbs in hand of Kill Devil Hill and Sher Beau.
Noel Meade’s nine year-old is a useful sort at his best and will surely strip fit and well, following a winning reappearance in another Grade Two at Gowran Park last month.
The Listed EBF TA Morris Memorial Mares Chase promises a fine contest, bringing together some particularly smart sorts in Gazza’s Girl, Chicago Vic, Cailin Alainn and Lakil Princess.
The vote goes to Gazza’s Girl, who has taken to fences in great style.
A creditable third to Mattock Ranger at Punchestown, she then made no mistake with a clear-cut five lengths defeat of Vedelle at Galway.
The Maurice F Dougan EBF Novice Hurdle can be safely narrowed down to Le Toscan and Well Run.
Le Toscan showed much improved form to slam highly-regarded Leading Run at Naas and is preferred.
Three previous winners and some eye-catching newcomers make the Bumper an interesting looking contest.
Former successful pointer Seepeeoh, who made most in testing conditions to score by four lengths on her racecourse debut at Wexford, is the choice.