Winning bumper Ardboe Abbey hasn't yet proved himself over timber but shouldn't be written off and Fairview Star produced by far his best run to date when a close third to Dara Tango at Clonmel in September. Vintage Supreme beat a big field in a bumper here and had little chance in a two-runner event at Listowel when beaten a long way by Annie Power. RING BEN, a winner between the flags, didn't appear to have much chance in what looked a strong maiden at Gowran last time but could hardly have done better in giving supporters of Defence Of Duress a fright. With further progress expected he looks the one to beat here.
Ardboe Abbey (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway into 4th before 2 out, ridden after 2 out, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 19l behind Free To Dream (10-13) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl in Oct.
Carhue (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 7th 4f out, soon ridden and no impression, 9th of 20, 12l behind Pay The King (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Coolmill (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, closer in 5th after 3 out, moderate 3rd and no impression from before next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 28l behind Rye Martini (11-4) at Tipperary 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Elljapa (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, 9th before halfway, kept on same pace from 3 out where not fluent and same next, 10th of 15, 43l behind Miriam's Dream (11-4) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Fairview Star (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway from 3 out, ridden in 5th 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Dara Tango (11-12) at Clonmel 2m nh nov hdl gf in Sep.
Jarob 25-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 8th halfway, 6th approaching straight, soon no extra and weakened, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Changing Times (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jan.
Mr Chopera (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Soon tracked leaders, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bunnenaugh (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in Aug, 10 ran.
My Silver Cloud (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Prominent, 3rd before straight, no extra from 2f out, 9th of 13, well behind Moscow Chief (12-0) at Tipperary 2m 4f N H flat hvy in Oct.
Our Best (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Soon towards rear, never a factor, completely tailed off, last of 10, well behind Rye Martini (11-4) at Tipperary 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Pairc Na Leasa (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Towards rear, some headway from before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 10th of 18, 19l behind Elegant Statesman (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat in Oct.
Pals Leg (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ww rr, prog from 4out & cl 2nd gng well from 2out, ld on landing last, sow, won at Avaune 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec beating Easy Trigger (12-0) by 2l, 12 ran.
Ring Ben (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, improved to dispute lead on inner entering straight, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed narrowly run-in, stayed on well, 2nd of 20, nk behind Defence Of Duress (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Star Select (IRE) 66-1 (11-11) Always behind, 12th of 13, well behind Oscars Well (11-12) at Punchestown 2m beg chs sft in Oct.
The Crafty Butcher (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway from 4f out, ridden in moderate 2nd 2f out, no impression on winner 1 1/2f out, dropped to 3rd and no extra final furlong, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Road To Riches (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat hvy in Oct.
Vintage Supreme (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Chased leader a few lengths behind, closer halfway, niggled along to challenge briefly 5f out, ridden and no extra over 4f out, soon no impression, last of 2, well behind Annie Power (11-6) at Listowel 2m N H flat hvy in Sep.
All The Way Home (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, 14th of 19, 33l behind Millie Le Bach (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 2f mrs N H flat gf in May.
Blossom Gate (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, kept on same pace, 8th of 20, 22l behind Digeanta (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Oct.