Bryan Cooper: I’d be pretty sweet on his chances
We have Leomar and Vermeulen in here, and I haven’t sat on either of them. But Leomar ran well on his hurdling debut at Limerick and Vermeulen looks to have been a progressive and fair sort on the Flat for John Gosden. He will have been well schooled at Henry’s for his first run over hurdles.
We don’t have any runners in here but it looks like Ivan Grozny and recent Punchestown winner Supasundae are the two to concentrate on, though Sutton Place was obviously progressive for Gordon last season. I would just side with Ivan Grozny who looks an improving sort for Willie and has had a nice break since his last run. He was also entered in the Irish Champion Hurdle, so this is obviously a much easier task for him.
Mossback won his bumper last season and ran well on his hurdling debut for Gordon here earlier in the month. You would expect him to improve a fair bit for the experience and make his presence felt in what looks to be a winnable race.
We have three in this in Grade 3 but I would be pretty keen on the chances of Balko Des Flos. You have to respect a few in here, including Anibale Fly if he comes back to form after disappointing last time out at Kempton, but Balko Des Flos really impressed me when winning over 2m5f at Fairyhouse last time and the step up to 3m should really suit him. I’d be pretty sweet on his chances, even if it does look a very competitive race.
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