LEAH CLAIRE continues to go very well on the Flat as she showed with her second to Bondage in a Tipperary handicap last month. She ran well enough in her two starts over timber to suggest there is plenty more to come and can take this. Alhellal has been progressing nicely in bumpers and looks a potentially decent hurdler but Blue Ridge Lane ran poorly at Kilbeggan on Friday and Esporao has had his chances. Khayar was beaten 12 lengths by House Rules at Listowel but had the remainder well beaten off and the winner is probably useful but Native Palm has been looking one-paced and may need further.
Alhellal (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Always prominent, closer in 2nd over 2f out, disputed lead over 1f out, soon led and stayed on well, won at Roscommon 2m N H flat gd in Jun beating Ballyhoura (11-11) by 1 1/2l, 18 ran.
Blue Ridge Lane (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, 9th approaching 4 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 28l behind Black Rock Lake (10-13) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd.
Esporao (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden into 5th 2 out, 4th and no extra last, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 8l behind Nivek's Dream (11-2) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 8Evens09 gf.
Khayar (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, closed approaching 4 out, 2nd from next, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from after 2 out, 2nd of 11, 12l behind House Rules (11-12) at Listowel 2m 5yo mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Leah Claire (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Mid-division, 9th halfway, headway into 7th 3 out, ridden in 5th 2 out, no extra and kept on same pace from before last, 4th of 20, 4l behind Bagber (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Dowd's Angle (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Always in rear, no impression before straight, weakened and tailed off, last of 7, well behind Oneeightofamile (10-13) at Cork 2m 4f hdl.
Dr Dan (IRE) Dr Massini gelding out of Ja Ru.
Native Palm (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway into 2nd before 3 out, led 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, 2nd and mistake last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 16, 8l behind London Bridge (11-12) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 5yo mdn hdl gf.
Smalib Monterg (FR) 16-1 (11-9) Prominent, 4th halfway, no extra from 4f out, 12th of 17, 45l behind Articular (10-11) at Thurles 2m NH flat in Mar.
Steviekey (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway into moderate 6th 3 out, ridden and no impression, 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 16, 21l behind London Bridge (11-12) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 5yo mdn hdl gf.
What Are You Up To (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Towards rear, headway before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 8th of 10, 17l behind Moymore Lad (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat gf in Oct.
Zara's Girl (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 16, 12l behind Follyfoot (8-9) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f hcp 47-60 in Jun (flat).