14:40 Down Royal

Owner Mrs Conway has had some brilliant mares in recent years so it was nice to see DELVINO (best priced at 7-1) run so well on her return from 277 days off last time. She had previously won a bumper and maiden hurdle for Dermot McLoughlin before finding Grade 3 company too strong on her final appearances last season. The seven-year-old outran odds of 50/1 to finish 4th in a really strong beginners chase at Naas in December where she finished behind Capodanno who went on to push Bob Olinger close a Grade 3 at Punchestown on his next start, Embrun Mitja and the 150 rated hurdler Gaillard Du Mesnil.

Delvino raced keenly over the 2m3f trip that day on her return and just faded late on in the race so this drop back in distance to 2 miles looks a good move and she should run well with Keith Donoghue once again taking the ride.

Delvino - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1

15:40 Down Royal

The Gordon Elliott trained RAGNAR LODBROK (best priced at 9-4) put in a much improved performance last time on his handicap debut over fences that he should be able to get off the mark over the larger obstacles today. The seven-year-old won a maiden hurdle at Galway last season before finishing runner-up in a listed hurdle at Cork and a Grade 3 at Cork both over a trip of 3 miles. He finished 6th only beaten 4 ½ lengths at Fairyhouse in a big field handicap hurdle in April off a mark of 128 and that makes him look well handicapped over fences.

The handicapper gave Ragnar Lodbrok an opening mark of 119 over fences and he ran a lot better in blinkers and upped to 2m7f for the first time over the larger obstacles when 2nd at Punchestown behind Lord Lariat. He has been raised 2lbs up to a mark of 121 for that run but he remains well handicapped on his hurdles and should be able to get off the mark over fences.   

Ragnar Lodbrok - 1pt @ 9/4