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No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
1 Desperate Times (IRE)
7 b g Bishop Of Cashel - Midnight Lover (Beveled (USA))
P21/PP-8 Mr B J Llewellyn
B J Llewellyn
Yet to place in three starts. Well beaten at 28-1 behind High Storm when eighth of 9 on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race at Ffos Las over 2m 4f (soft) earlier this month.
2 Highkingofmunster (IRE)
6 b g Brian Boru - Belize Tropical (IRE) (Baillamont (USA))
F095P8- Mr N Morris
Mrs R Hobbs
Unplaced in all five starts. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Hassadin when eighth of 11 on his latest outing in a selling hurdle race at Ludlow over 2m 5f (good) in February.
3 Leopard Hills (IRE)
5 b g Acclamation - Sadler's Park (USA) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
234074- Clear Racing
Mrs A M Thorpe
He has won four hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on good to firm and good ground. Well beaten at 6-1 behind Dragon's Den when fourth of 5 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Exeter over 2m 3f (good to firm) last month.
4 Nicky Nutjob (GER)
6 b g Fasliyev (USA) - Natalie Too (USA) (Irish River (FR))
1U7434- Quality Pipe Supports (q P S ) Ltd
Josh Wall (8)
J G M O'Shea
Successful in two hurdle races at 2m and 2m 1f on good ground. Finished 12l behind Strictly when fourth of 9 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a selling hurdle race at Newton Abbot over 2m 1f (good) last month.
5 Stafford Charlie (GB)
6 ch g Silver Patriarch (IRE) - Miss Roberto (IRE) (Don Roberto (USA))
46PP/88- Mr N G H Ayliffe
J G M O'Shea
A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 6f on good to firm ground. Well beaten at 33-1 behind Pocket Too when eighth of 11 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Chepstow over 3m (soft) last month.
6 Cuban Piece (IRE)
4 b g Azamour (IRE) - Naazeq (Nashwan (USA))
210387- The Cuban Partnership
Henry Brooke (3)
D McCain Jnr
A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 1f on good to soft ground. Well beaten at 16-1 behind Dartford Warbler when seventh of 10 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Carlisle over 2m 1f (good to soft) last month.
7 Van Doesburg (IRE)
4 gr g Westerner - Winter Daydream (IRE) (Soviet Star (USA))
960- Prof C D Green
J G Portman
Unplaced in all three starts over hurdles. Well beaten at 100-1 behind Marcus Antonius when 11th of 13 on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race at Folkestone over 2m 1f (good) in February.
CUBAN PIECE meets all of these rivals on much better terms than he would in a handicap and although his recent form has been rather uninspiring, he should still take all the beating dropping to plating class today. Leopard Hills has not been at the top of his game of late either but he would have claims here if bouncing back to for, while Desperate Times would be of interest if there was confidence behind him in the betting market.