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Both Runrized and Enniskerry apparently improved for the better ground when running out impressive winners on their latest hurdles starts. The former was scoring over 2m, and still does need to improve that this step up in trip will suit after a disappointing couple of past attempts. On the other hand, John McConnell’s charge looks likely to improve for another 2 furlongs from his last run. Despite pulling hard in the first couple of furlongs, the mount of Mark Bolger drew further clear the closer he got to the finishing line. That was only his second start over hurdles, so he’s arguably open to more improvement than his market rival.

Bold Enough

Antey was an easy winner at the 10th time of asking over fences last time out, but isn’t the most fluent over his fences. Dropping down in trip, there’s sure to be an even bigger question asked over his jumping. With that in mind, slight preference is for Henry De Bromhead’s chase debut winner Bold Enough. He gave weight to a solid 120+ rated individual over hurdles at Wexford and never looked in trouble, jumping well after a small error at the first. Hugh Morgan is in the saddle this time, taking 5lb off the back of the gelding, having got a good tune out of him to finish third over the smaller obstacles at Aintree. He might just improve past Antey here.


Henry De Bromhead has saddled a winner and two placed runners in the last three Connacht Nationals, so Nick Kent has to be respected here. However, in front of him last time at Punchestown was Noel Meade’s Jerandme. Having mixed it up over various trips, the 7yo has shown his best form over 3m, finishing fourth in the Pat Taaffe Memorial last time, off the same mark, and winning at Sligo by 12l back in September. While his mark remains identical to last time, the 5lb claim of Eoin Walsh will help him no end. The claimer was Meade’s go-to man to land the Leinster National last season, so has to be taken seriously, especially on his preferred quick surface.

Tom Sarah Evelyn

When 3lb claimer Noel McParlan and Thomas Gibney team up in a bumper, it’s worth taking note. Over the last three years, the pair are operating at a 23% strike-rate in the sphere (5 from 22), but more notably show a profit of €181.70 to a €1 stake when betting on the Tote. That record says not to be put off by any big prices about their newcomer here. Throw in that he’s a half-brother to Fergal O’Brien’s Grade 2 winning hurdler Alaphilippe and he makes even more appeal. Once-raced types from the powerhouse stables of Willie Mullins and Joseph O’Brien will be hard to stop, but this one could go well at a price.

About Roscommon Racecourse

A dual purpose course located in the Irish midlands, Roscommon is home to a single Graded race, the Kilbegnet Novice Chase which has been won by Henry De Bromhead three times in the last decade.

The track is a sharp, right-handed oval which tends to favour the speedier types who are able to secure an early position. To compliment the very fair track are easy fences that allow mistakes without too much punishment or hindrance.

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