Carningli's second to Red Sherlock in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham might be the best form on offer in this but there are several equally unexposed types in opposition. JOSHUA LANE was easy to back on his debut at Naas last month but only found Willie Mullins' Shaneshill too good having made up significant ground in the straight. The winner went on to follow up easily at Fairyhouse so Edward Harty's charge gets the nod in this as both Herons Heir and Nathans Pride are having their first run for a new yard today. This looks a big ask for the returning Seven Nation Army and ex-pointers Parting Way and Themanfrom Minella but Oscarteea looks a decent sort and makes more appeal than On Tour.
Carningli (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Pressed leader, led after 3f, headed 7f out, every chance 1f out, stayed on, no impression on winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Red Sherlock (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m Listed NH flat (1) gd in Nov.
Herons Heir (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, closer in 3rd 2f out, ridden to challenge 1 1/2f out, disputed inside final furlong and led close home, won at Wexford 2m N H flat sft in Oct beating Ballyroe Rambler (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Joshua Lane (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway in 8th 3f out, ridden into 6th 2f out, 4th over 1f out, kept on final furlong to 2nd last 100 yards, no impression winner, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Shaneshill (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo nhf in Nov.
Nathans Pride (IRE) 2-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, well off the pace, improved to lead travelling well over 2f out, soon looking in command, stayed on well inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Down Royal 2m N H flat gf in Jun beating Sunday Serenade (10-7) by 5l, 17 ran.
On Tour (IRE) 11-8fav (11-11) Took keen hold, held up in touch, tracked leading pair 5f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, driven and stayed on well, won at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gd beating Mr Shantu (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Oscarteea (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Took keen hold and prominent until soon settled into mid-division, headway over 4f out, went 3rd 3f out, led 2f out, edged left over 1f out, kept on well, won at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct beating Hello George (11-0) by 1l, 15 ran.
Parting Way (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Made all, 1l adv when mstk 3out, gng best from 2out, sow, won at Tramore 3m ire ptp gd in Apr '12 beating Cracking Star (11-7) by 2l, 9 ran.
Seven Nation Army (IRE) 4-7fav (10-12) Made all, clear halfway, ridden 2f out, came clear final furlong, unchallenged, won at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) sft in Apr beating Jolly's Cracked It (10-12) by 9l, 7 ran.
Themanfrom Minella (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Tr ldrs, 4th 1/2way, 3rd 3out, ld app str, mstke last, ko run-in, won at Templemore 3m ire ptp gd in Apr beating Super Lunar (11-7) by 4l, 13 ran.