Plenty of these arrive in very good form including Band Of Blood, who had been competing at a high level before a very impressive victory at Cork. A massive 11lb rise is more than halved by his rider so another big run is expected. BARESI has gone up 13lb over fences after a facile success at Limerick so it's no surprise to see him back over hurdles. He was in winning form over the smaller obstacles at the backend of last year and can complete a double. Courtncatcher will have needed last month's run after a long break and he was in fine form for most of last summer so has to be respected while Tony Martin's acquisition from France Vive La France should be winning soon. Kilcarry Bridge was left clear by a faller at the second last when making all at Sligo though that was over the minimum trip and Go Paddy Go may prove more of a threat after just failing to concede 11lb to Hareth at Limerick.
Band Of Blood (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Soon prominent at slow pace until led 5th, clear briefly after next, clear again 3 out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl beating Alf Wright (9-12) by 4l, 10 ran.
Moon Dice (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always behind, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, last of 10, 33l behind Art Of Payroll (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Mar.
Baresi (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, slight mistake 3rd, 4th halfway, progress to challenge 4 out, led next, clear entering straight, eased run-in, won at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs gs in Apr beating Monelissio (10-8) by 8l, 12 ran.
Courtncatcher (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division, weakened 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Lots Of Memories (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl in Apr, 23 ran.
Hazariban (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden in 12th 2 out, kept on without threatening straight, 6th of 25, 12l behind Deep Trouble (10-9) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl.
Pyrus Gold Wind (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Soon led, headed before 2 out, lost place and no extra into straight, kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 20l behind Captain Arceus (11-8) at Galway 2m 4f hdl gf in Sep.
Vive La France (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, closer order in 6th approaching 3 out, close up next, 2nd approaching straight, soon 4th, weakened from before last, 15th of 25, 26l behind Macnicholson (11-11) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 88-123.
Roll It Out (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, went 4th but under pressure before straight, no extra from after 2 out, 4th of 9, 17l behind Man With Van (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl hvy in Feb.
Grey Monk (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Prominent in chasing group, closer order in 3rd approaching 3 out, lost place and no impression approaching straight, 10th of 25, 22l behind Macnicholson (11-11) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 88-123.
Kilcarry Bridge (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) Made all, challenged 4 out, disputed briefly after 3 out, pushed along in lead approaching 2 out where left clear, ridden and kept on well, won at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-109 beating Honourable Lady (9-5) by 7l, 9 ran.
Go Paddy Go (IRE) 11-4fav (10-13) Mid-division, not fluent 6 out, 9th before 3 out, chased leaders approaching straight, challenged 2 out, 3rd at last, stayed on well under pressure run-in, just failed,, 2nd of 15, shd behind Hareth (10-2) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-116.
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, hampered and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Master Oscar (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f in Apr, 25 ran.
Holeinthewall Bar (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, weakened 4 out, 16th of 25, well behind Master Oscar (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f in Apr.
Cape Glory (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, improved 6th, 7th before straight, no impression from before last where 5th, kept on same pace run-in,, 4th of 24, 7l behind Fourni (11-5) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd.