Splurge ran his best race over fences when third to Any Bets over the C&D last month but that was his 10th start over fences without managing to lose his maiden tag. Westmeath Bachelor isn't the most consistent of performers and appears to need a longer trip and more testing conditions while the remainder are all out of form including LIGHTENING SKY. However, he won this a year ago and reverts to fences after 11 unsuccessful attempts over timber since that lone chasing victory and the opposition here is no better than it was last year. Molinero ran the occasional good race over timber but he's hardly picked his feet up in two starts over fences.
Splurge (IRE) 3-1 (10-11) Always prominent, no impression under pressure in 3rd from before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Any Bets (10-11) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gd in Apr.
Captain Dreyfus (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Towards rear for most, no impression from 4 out, 9th of 20, 37l behind Lion Na Bearnai (10-11) at Punchestown 3m 1f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-123) (4yo+).
Paddy O Dee 16-1 (11-4) Prominent, lost place 5 out, soon no impression, 11th of 15, well behind Harold's Cross (11-11) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs 0-102 gd.
Westmeath Bachelor (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Always prominent, disputed early, disputed again from 7th until narrow advantage after 4 out, strongly pressed 2 out, soon headed, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 8l behind Galway Legend (11-1) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 gf in Sep.
Molinero (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Mid-division best, weakened 5 out, completely tailed off, 20th of 23, well behind Representing (10-11) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gf.
Yeoman (FR) 25-1 (11-2) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and no impression 4 out, kept on one pace, 10th of 19, 37l behind Abbey Glen (11-11) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-95 in Apr.
How Are Things (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Always behind, tailed off from 7th, pulled up before 17th, in a race won by Outlaw Pete (11-12) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) fm, 13 ran.
Lightening Sky (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Close up and led early, 5th after 4 out, hampered and unseated rider next, in a race won by Action Master (10-13) at Punchestown 2m hdl gd, 11 ran.
First In Line (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Towards rear, moderate 10th approaching straight, soon no impression, 9th of 15, well behind Harold's Cross (11-11) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs 0-102 gd.
An Blascaoid Mor (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Soon tracked leaders, 6th approaching 2 out, soon no impression, 12th of 16, 37l behind Son Of My Heart (11-4) at Sligo 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.