Robbie Hennessy wastes no time in bringing out HERO DE VILLENEUVE (NAP) under a 4lb penalty after his victory at Downpatrick on Monday. Despite the extra, he's still a massive 30lb better off than over fences and the assessor will no doubt hit him with a much bigger rise in the future. He has to be the selection in a race where several of the opposition arrive in good form including Whatever It Takes, up 7lb for his victory at Ballinrobe though he wasn't at his best on the Flat at Galway later. Springfield Grey showed his liking for this trip at Wexford and hasn't had much racing for his age while Bose Ikard has achieved a much higher rating over fences recently and, if transferring that form back to hurdles, could be well treated. Tiger Bay Lady faces a much sterner test than the maiden she won at Sligo but is definitely one for the future.
For A Finish 15-2 (11-0) Refused to race, took no part, in a race won by On The Way Out (11-5) at Tramore 2m 7f hcp chs 0-123 gd, 9 ran.
Whatever It Takes (IRE) 10-3 (10-3) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead before straight, ridden and briefly pressed after last, kept on well closing stages, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl in Jul beating I C Gold (9-11) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Your Busy (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Led, joined from 3rd, headed at 8th, ridden entering straight, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 17l behind Courtncatcher (11-1) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd.
Springfield Grey (IRE) 5-1fav (11-8) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, challenged 4 out, ridden to lead 3 out, clear before next, slight mistake last, kept on well, won at Wexford 3m hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jul beating Milan Ridge (11-3) by 4 1/2l, 16 ran.
Green Thirty Two (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 16th of 20, well behind Greatness (9-7) at Galway 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul.
Tiger Bay Lady (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Held up behind leaders, niggled along early, 5th 4 out, headway into close 3rd on outer 2 out, ridden to lead entering straight, mistake at last, stayed on well run-in, won at Sligo 3m mdn hdl beating Changeofluck (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Bose Ikard (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Led, headed 2nd and chased leaders, mid-division from halfway, slight mistake 4 out, 8th after 4 out, progress in 5th entering straight, led 3 out, asserted before last where slightly left, easily, won at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs gd beating Please Talk (11-12) by 2l, 11 ran.
She Be Fine (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, progress into 4th after 4 out, ridden to challenge 3 out, no extra in 2nd and slight mistake last, dropped to 3rd run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 17, 2l behind Close One (10-5) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Wells China (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, detached after 3 out, 10th of 13, well behind Aranhill Chief (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chase gd in Jul.
Rockshandy (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Led, mistake 5 out, ridden and headed 2 out, no extra when bad mistake last, weakened run-in, 10th of 12, 38l behind Jacksonslady (10-10) at Galway 2m 6f chs gd in Jul.
Hero De Villeneuve (FR) 3-1fav (10-2) Mid-division, 6th halfway, improved into 3rd before 3 out and soon led, ridden before last and kept on well run-in, won at Downpatrick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 gd beating Tico (10-8) by 4l, 11 ran.
Eagle's Pass (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Rear of mid-division, weakened from 4 out, never a factor, 11th of 17, 37l behind Sizing Solution (11-9) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Jul.
Corrick Bridge (IRE) 11-1 (10-6) Mid-division, 9th after 4 out, ridden before straight, 8th and mistake 2 out, 6th and no impression last, kept on one pace, 6th of 17, 10l behind Close One (10-5) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Lapse Of Reason (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, progress into 5th halfway, slight mistake 5 out, improved to challenge entering straight, slight mistake 3 out, ridden in 2nd next, challenged again last, narrow lead run-in, headed close home, 2nd of 15, nk behind Drop Anchor (10-7) at Roscommon 3m hcp chs 0-95.
Royal Holly (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Chased leader, improved to dispute after 4 out, led before 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon no extra and kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 13l behind Top Chief (10-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Jul.