The Irish point-to-point circuit has proved a rich source of bumper winners for Donald McCain in recent years and he could have another nice prospect on his hands here in the shape of THE LAST SAMURI. The five-year-old easily won a maiden at Taylorstown in May and looks to have a progressive profile. Five In A Row and Voyage A New York have similar profiles to the selection and have also joined strong NH yards while Marrakech Trader has scope for improvement having only found one too good at Wetherby on his debut. Bobs Lady Tamure had some decent bumper form last season and Dubai Sonnet is a newcomer to note as he's a half-brother to two Flat winners.
Casual Cavalier (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Asklynn.
Crown And Glory (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Set steady pace until over 7f out, rallied over 3f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Ocean Waves (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd.
Dubai Sonnet Dubai Destination gelding out of Twilight Sonnet.
Emral Silk Revoque gelding out of Silk Stockings.
Five In A Row (IRE) 4-1 (12-2) Mid div, prog to ldrs 3out, rdn & chall on outer bef last, rdn & ko best late, won at Toomebridge 3m ire ptp gf in Sep beating Merrydown Vintage (12-2) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Landecker (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Twrds rr, dropped last bef 3out, prog bef 2out, went 3rd from last, nev nrr, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Rocky Island (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Marlee Massie (IRE) 22-1 (10-12) Unseated rider and ran loose one full circuit prior to start, in touch, pushed along halfway, outpaced 5f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Lagan Canal (11-1) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Marrakech Trader (NZ) 22-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase leading pair over 2f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no impression with winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Silentplan (11-2) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
The Last Samuri (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Mid div, 5th 1/2 way, prog 2nd 2out, ld bef last, kow to line, won at Taylorstown 3m ire ptp sft in May beating Fearless Tunes (11-4) by 6l, 10 ran.
Ultiep (FR) 20-1 (11-0) In touch, lost place over 6f out, soon beaten, 5th of 7, 29l behind Imjoeking (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Oct '12.
Voyage A New York (FR) 6-1 (11-7) Alw pr, jnd ldr 2out, qcknd clr bef last, won well, won at Laurencetown 3m ire ptp sft in May beating Virtuel D'oudon (11-7) by 12l, 13 ran.
Wind Echo 50-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, led 10f out, headed 8f out, lost place 4f out, last of 12, well behind Line D'aois (10-11) at Hexham 2m cond NH flat (6) gd.
Bobs Lady Tamure 9-2 (10-3) Disputed lead, led halfway, headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 34l behind Frankie's Promise (11-10) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) gs in Apr.
Lacocodanza 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, lost place 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to take moderate 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 8, 18l behind Wymeswold (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gd.