Jody McGarvey takes the ride on Ashdale Bob for trainer John Harrington this week. The nine-year-old ran a commendable race over a shorter trip at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve when finishing third over hurdles behind Sir Gerhard. Back up in trip this week, and he should strip fitter.
He was last seen over this distance when being pulled up in the G1 Stayers’ Hurdle, but has lots of interesting form over the distance, including a second behind Home By The Lee in the G1 Christmas Hurdle. Trip and conditions will both suit.