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NAP OF THE DAY:  Shan Blue, (1350 Kempton), 1pt win, 2/1:   

Not everything goes to plan in jump racing.  The Big Breakaway looked a top class chaser in the making when placing in a red hot Ballymore Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, but misfired at Exeter recently when jumping slowly over fences and now faces a test at a track where jumping rhythm is crucial.  Shan Blue looked outclassed when unable to compete in that same Ballymore but has distinguished himself with two fluent fast jumping chasing efforts this season.  You wouldn’t have called it in March, but Shan Blue looks very much the pick around here.

One Cool Poet, (1330 Leopardstown ), 10/3:  hasn’t seen hurdles for a while but has become prolific on the flat including landing three wins in a week at the 2019 Galway Festival.  Now rated a lofty 92 in that sphere.  Flat improvement doesn’t always translate to hurdles, but if he copes ok then a jumps rating over 135 should be within reach, making this 102 look an absolute steal.  It’s rarely that easy, but then again, it just might be this time.

Cusp Of Carabelli, (1450 Leopardstown), 10/1:  plenty in here need a leap of faith including those at the head of the market.  In contrast Cusp Of Carabelli has been in consistently decent form and never better than when staying on well in a better race than this at Fairyhouse last time.  He finished amidst some potentially well handicapped horses there, and this may be an easier contest.  Worth a dabble.

Barbados Blue, (1535 Kempton), 5/1: very much an unknown quantity coming here off just four runs, having sauntered home in a 3 runner race last time, making her handicap debut, and after 18 months off the track.  All that said, she is beautifully bred from the Big Buck’s family, she looked promising before her break, and a mark of 119 is surely way below her capabilities.  Trainer Henderson is a fab hand with mates and can ready them off a break.

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