SWANTYKAY ran very well in a race that has worked out at Ballinrobe before beating tonight's rival House Limit at Downpatrick where the drop in trip worked in his favour. The runner-up is better off at the weight but Gordon Elliott's charge had something in hand and can defy an 8lb rise to complete a quick double. Olwenbrook was having only her third start over hurdles when a surprise winner of a Roscommon maiden but this is much tougher while Ram Them All is another who has plenty to do on his handicap debut. Jessica Harrington tries Director's Forum in blinkers as he's been struggling since going up 8lb for his victory at Punchestown in November.
Director's Forum (IRE) 28-1 (11-12) Prominent early, slight mistake 1st, chased leaders, 6th halfway, lost place and mistake 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on into 3rd 3 out, no extra in 4th 2 out, 5th approaching last, left 4th and hampered, kept on one pace, 4th of 16, 17l behind Portrade (11-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Sports Line (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Soon chased leaders, 3rd halfway, no extra approaching 3 out, 9th of 16, 32l behind Portrade (11-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Olwenbrook (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Soon tracked leaders, 4th before straight, challenged travelling smoothly 3 out, ridden to lead before last, pressed and stayed on well run-in, won at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl gd in Jun beating Don't Budge Me (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 18 ran.
Dusty Trail (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden into moderate 8th 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 23l behind Portrade (11-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Swantykay (IRE) 5-2fav (11-7) Mid-division, 7th halfway, progress after 3 out and went 2nd approaching last, soon challenged and led run-in, kept on well to assert closing stages, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gf beating House Limit (11-8) by 4l, 11 ran.
House Limit (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, progress to lead 3 out, ridden and headed run-in, no impression closing stages, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Swantykay (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Mollies Gent (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Chased leader in 2nd, slight mistake 5th, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra, 11th of 16, 38l behind Portrade (11-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Ram Them All (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Mid-division, improved to 3rd approaching 3rd, progress into 2nd before 4 out, 3rd before 3 out, soon ridden in 4th approaching straight, not reach leaders, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Sang Tiger (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gf.
Wate And Sea (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, not fluent 3rd, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 12th of 16, 36l behind Elsie (11-7) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in Jun.
The Yellow Bin (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to lead before 3 out, ridden and strongly pressed 3 out, headed 2 out, no extra in 3rd last, kept on same pace, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 17, 1 3/4l behind He Is Top Class (10-9) at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Atlas Peak (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Close up, reminder on bend away from stands, no extra from before 4 out, 9th of 14, well behind Chinook Run (10-8) at Wexford 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Jun '13.