Glen' to hit the heights
Askeaton trainer Paddy Neville certainly does well with his small team, and recent Cork maiden hurdle winner GLENTRUAN (4.45) catches the eye on the supporting card at Ayr.
He tackles the same two-and-a half-miles trip at the Scottish venue and he seemed to be on the upgrade at Mallow.
Gary Noonan's mount was a promising third to Jungle Boogie at Punchestown in mid-February and finished in midfield, with Rachael Blackmore aboard, in a hot enough contest won by Max Flamingo at Leopardstown.
The six-year-old looked progressive at Cork and while the Paul Nicholls-trained Deniliquin is respected, Neville's runner is the one to beat.
Rising star FIVE STAR GETAWAY (1.50) was being considered for Punchestown, but Christian Williams has opted to run here as the sharp Haydock winner bids to complete a four-timer and Jack Tudor's mount sets the standard.
It's a hot enough contest with Pilbara, One More Fleurie and course specialist Marown key players.
The Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle is a fancy title for what is a limited handicap, and MILKWOOD (2.25) has strong claims following his County Hurdle third to Belfast Banter at Cheltenham. Peter Fahey's winner boosted the form in tremendous style at Aintree.
It won't be a penalty kick for Neil Mulholland's runner as Thyme White, Calico and Diego du Charmil all boast progressive profiles.
John McConnell's Anna Bunina seems to have gone off the boil a bit, but better ground and this left-handed track will suit, and a repeat of her Listowel form last autumn, when she was second to Politicise in the Lartigue Hurdle, would certainly put her right in the mix.
But it's certainly very hard to oppose Milkwood on Cheltenham form.
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