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Ed The Red

Henry De Bromhead’s charge put in plenty of novicey jumps on his hurdles debut over this same course and distance, but still had enough of an engine to finish a good second first time under rules. That performance was a world away from two pulled up runs in points, possibly due to the drop in trip. He showed a good change of gear to stretch clear with two other rivals coming into the straight that day, and despite showing signs of inexperience again under pressure, battled well for second. There’s every reason to improve on that here, and remains with plenty of potential.

Raven Rule

This one looked to be in command and in the process of easily winning a handicap off 120 when diving at the last at Cork at the start of the month. The ability to run to that sort of mark looks fairly solid considering he beat the 109-rated Highland Roller by 12l back in June with a 97-rated opponent a further 16l in arrears. Running to a mark in the 120s leaves the rest of these with something to find, especially when William McCreery’s charge gets weight from more than half her opponents. Her jumping needs to hold up, but she should be able to bounce back here.

Sliabh Muire Lass

Grainne O’Connor’s mare arrives here off the back of an effortless success in a Tipperary Hunter Chase, where the front two pulled 27l clear of the third placed horse. That was her first race in eight months, so it was a pleasing return to action. Last year the 10yo had unseated her rider when going well enough in a race that included the likes of Punchestown and Cheltenham Foxhunter third Staker Wallace, Grade 1 winner Killultagh Vic and the useful Kruzhlinin and finished second in two races before that. Generally consistent over this 3m trip, she looks a solid pick in an open race.


Fairyhill Run lines up after a dominant display to win off a mark of 109 at Limerick last time, being eased down in the final furlong. He had Macgiloney behind him when the pair met over hurdles at Tipperary, but isn’t sure to confirm that form here. There was less than 4l between the two that day, and although a 4lb swing in the weights isn’t sure to be enough, Macglioney is arguably better over fences. He did build on that second spot with a win of his own over hurdles at Galway, and returning to the larger obstacles could be more of a player. He recorded three Racing Post Ratings in excess of today;s handicap mark of 130 last season, including when fourth in a Cork Grade 3, so is clearly capable of defying this mark.

About Kilbeggan Racecourse

Referring to itself as the “heart and soul of Irish racing”, Kilbeggan takes up a central location within the Republic, around 60 miles west of Dublin.

Home to eight fixtures between May and September, the feature card at the course is the Midlands National, held in July every year. In 2019 the race was won by County Cork based trainer James Motherway with Na Trachtalai Abu who took advantage of a final fence fall from winner in waiting Barra.

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