Smart Stat: #21% - M. P. Walsh's strike rate at NAAS
Drop The Anchor was a useful performer in bumpers, winning at Listowel in September, and that form has worked out well. He shaped with promise on hurdling debut over 19f here last time, too, making headway three out but having no extra after. There’s reason to think he has more to offer, though, and the drop back to two miles will also suit.
Smart Stat: 2 - W. P. Mullins's number of winners in past 5 runnings
Pravalaguna was useful over hurdles, and she built on her chasing debut as expected after eight months off when winning by eight lengths at Limerick in December. She produced a near-faultless round of jumping, disputing the lead and travelling well before pressing on after the ninth fence, in control when left in front at the last. Pravalaguna isn’t the biggest, but she looks the one to beat here in what doesn’t appear to be the strongest listed race.
Smart Stat: 21% - M. P. Walsh's strike rate at NAAS
French recruit Konitho made the perfect start for new connections when winning a juvenile event over C&D by five lengths two weeks ago, never far away and always travelling well. He showed a good turn of foot to assert between the last two flights and, given connections were harbouring Triumph Hurdle aspirations afterwards suggests he’s held in some regard.