SOMATIC gained his first success over timber at Limerick last week and though 10lb higher looks the type to go on to better things. He can complete a quick double though Clarach doesn't look on a bad mark after a comfortable victory at Killarney and can pose a threat. Resolute Bay has improved on fast ground recently though he was probably lucky to score at Downpatrick when subsequent winner Eirland fell. He's still not too badly treated however and can go close while Jacks Island reverts to hurdles on a 6lb lower mark than when scoring over fences at Clonmel and any further rain will greatly aid his cause.
Resolute Bay (IRE) 7-4 (11-4) Chased leader in 2nd, disputed briefly halfway, led 3 out, challenged 2 out, ridden and headed before last, left in lead and clear last, kept on, won at Downpatrick 2m 5f mdn hdl gf beating Bandra Bullet (11-7) by 11l, 13 ran.
Steel Park (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Led, ridden and headed after 4 out, weakened and tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Hidden Cyclone (11-1) at Navan 2m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Dashing Ruby (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, no impression and kept on same pace approaching 2 out, 7th of 13, 23l behind Tin Town Boy (10-7) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 8Evens09 sft.
Clarach (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Soon mid-division, progress into 5th before straight, 4th 3 out, challenged on inner and disputed lead 2 out, soon led and stayed on well, won at Killarney 2m 4f mares mdn hdl gd beating Catcherinscratcher (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 18 ran.
Long Wait (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Soon mid-division, 13th 4 out, closed approaching 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure, 8th of 15, 16l behind Lucky Spring (11-7) at Sligo 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gf.
Hidden Crack 12-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along approaching 4 out, no extra in moderate 6th after 3 out, 6th of 9, well behind Bellvano (11-5) at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs.
Schinkel (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Towards rear, closer in 6th after 4 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from next, 4th of 15, 9l behind Lord Ben (11-1) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf.
Somatic (IRE) 6-1fav (11-9) In rear early, gradual headway from halfway, 5th on outer and pushed along entering straight, closing in close 3rd when left close 2nd 2 out, soon ridden to lead, stayed on well from last, comfortably, won at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-95 gd beating Larkin (11-12) by 6l, 17 ran.
Muzak (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Led, headed and dropped to 3rd 6 out, no extra from 4 out, 12th of 20, 41l behind Captain Paulie (11-7) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd in Apr.
Oxalido (FR) 20-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, tailed off, 17th of 23, well behind Representing (10-11) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gf.
Ross Limestone (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Towards rear, closer in 7th approaching 2 out, soon no impression under pressure and kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 14l behind Tin Town Boy (10-7) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 8Evens09 sft.
Aon Sceal (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders straight, kept on well without threatening under pressure run-in, 5th of 25, 7l behind Kitty's Lord (10-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Lea Lady (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Towards rear, no impression from 4 out, 10th of 18, 24l behind Ballinahow Lady (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 in Jan.
Spiderback (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Alw rr, prog from 4out to 4th 2out, sn no ex, 5th of 8, 18l behind Outlaw Pete (12-0) at Kilmallock 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.
Jacks Island (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd at 29th, soon no impression, dropped to 5th and kept on same pace from 3 out, 5th of 9, 39l behind Another Jewel (12-3) at Punchestown 4m 1f crs cntry chs (5yo+) gs.
Billytheblacksmith (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 6th before 4 out, soon no extra, 16th of 17, well behind Total Reality (10-11) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl in Apr.
About The House (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Slow jump 1st, chased leaders, 6th approaching 4 out, no extra from after next, 11th of 15, 30l behind Vinnes Friend (11-6) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf.
Down The Middle (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 7th before 3 out, soon no impression, 9th of 17, 35l behind Total Reality (10-11) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl in Apr.
Stonehatchetmad (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, 8th approaching 3 out, improved to be close up after next, kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 4th of 15, 5l behind Face Facts (11-3) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Apr.