Danny Kirwan will likely go off at a short price for this race but despite being rated 6lbs+ superior to his rivals and the fact that has winning form in higher grades, his stable have really struggled for winners in recent weeks (operating at just a 10% strike rate) so I am going to take him on.
Beyond The Pale made the perfect start to his hurdles career with victory at Fontwell in October and followed up with a decent second over course and distance last time out, when racing under a penalty. After just the two hurdles runs to date he is certainly capable of improvement but racing off level weights with the favourite makes victory a tough ask.
Iron Mike chased home Jeremy Pass and Sizable Sam over course and distance on debut, finishing third at at odds of 200/1, and has since put in a couple of solid runs when placing over shorter trips. He is yet to taste victory over hurdles but is going in the right direction and getting 6lbs from the favourite wouldn't need to find much improvement to gain victory.
IRON MIKE (WIN)
written by Dean Kilbryde