The €100,000 Boylesports.com handicap hurdle is one of the richest races of it’s kind,and will attract a maximum field when this years renewal takes place at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Despite the numbers, the race lacks quality this season and there are few potential handicap blots in the contest. Antepost favourite Reizovic was taken out earlier this week and the JP McManus owned gelding had looked a major player. In his absence, the Charles Byrnes trained Scottish Boogie has inherited the mantle of market leader. The 5-y-o has plenty in his favour and looks the one to beat at this stage. Owned by Paddy Wilmott, if his connections decide to get stuck into him before the off, he could well go to post at very short odds.
Successful in a maiden hurdle in Killarney last May, the gelding caught the eye on his handicap debut at Punchestown, before showing even more in a similar contest at Leopardstown on his latest outing. The way he jumped and travelled on that occasion marked him out as a live contender for Saturday’s race and it will take a smart performance to beat him. At current odds of 6/1 he is worthy of an interest as he will almost certainly trade shorter in the coming days.
A number of the runners are returning to flights having run over fences earlier in the season. Zaarito would be of major interest should Colm Murphy give his charge the green light. This former graded class chaser has been disappointing in recent starts but at his best he would win this on the bridle. Askthemaster won over the course when switched back to hurdles last time and is another that remains well treated. Pires has also been campaigned over fences of late but the Tony Martin trained runner continues to flatter to deceive in these big field handicaps.
Citizenship and Baby Whizz are two with decent form of late but while they have chances of reaching the frame, both may just struggle to win the race. At a bigger price, the 11-y-o Dul Ar An Ol is fancied to run well. Twice a winner this season, the old horse caught the eye when fourth last time and odds of 25/1 are too long to ignore. Despite his advancing years he is put forward as the eachway value in the contest.
Scottish Boogie 1 point win at 6/1
Dul Ar On Ol 0.5 point eachway 25/1