DIRECTOR'S FORUM is only a four-year-old but his overall form gives him a fine opportunity. His recent third at Punchestown was given a boost when the runner-up scored on Monday and he can gain his first success. Big Phil showed the benefit of his opening effort with a much better run at Punchestown last month and looks a threat while Clar Na Mionn has shown a bit of potential in his two starts. Another youngster, Tomyros, has come up against strong opposition and should find this less taxing and winning point-to-pointer Whats Happening should be capable of better in a race where the market could provide the best clues.
Big Phil (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight, 2nd under pressure over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong and dropped to 3rd, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Morning Assembly (11-6) at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Feb.
Cher Tel Me (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, in touch approaching straight, no extra from 2f out, weakened, 6th of 8, 49l behind Ted Veale (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat sft in Jan.
Clar Na Mionn (IRE) 40-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders at slow pace, 3rd from 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 15l behind Sizing Gold (11-8) at Navan 2m N H flat sft in Feb.
Eabha's Elmo (IRE) Loup Sauvage gelding out of Fox's Idea.
Fog In The Bog (IRE) Kadeed gelding out of Mulaschak.
Gleneleg (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Rr of mid div until fell 5out, in a race won by By Design (12-0) at Nenagh 3m ire ptp hvy in Jan, 17 ran.
Gunns Island (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway in 5th 4f out, 4th 3f out, ridden in 3rd and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 33l behind Oscars Business (11-0) at Navan 2m N H flat in Dec.
Jock Wilkinson (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Towards rear on outer, ridden in 7th 3f out, no impression, last of 10, 48l behind Golden Firth (10-12) at Navan 2m N H flat in Jan.
Line View (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 4th 1/2way, smooth prog aftr 3out, ld aftr 2out, sl adv when jumped lft last, easily, won at Kildorrery 3m ire ptp sft in Feb beating Grand Fisher (12-0) by 3l, 8 ran.
Morley Knockduff (IRE) 50-1 (11-6) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden and no extra entering straight, weakened quickly, last of 12, 49l behind Fickle Fortune (10-7) at Down Royal 2m N H flat hvy in Feb.
Strong Wind (IRE) Anshan gelding out of Gale Eight.
Whats Happening (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division, closer in 7th from 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace straight, 5th of 16, 22l behind Caolaneoin (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Celtic Oir (IRE) Gamut mare out of Lady Orla.
Lughnasa (IRE) Westerner mare out of Saddleeruppat.
Penny's Gold (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, moderate 4th over 4f out, soon no impression, 8th of 15, 31l behind Annie Other (11-4) at Wexford 2m mrs N H flat gf in May.
Director's Forum (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 4th entering straight, ridden to go 2nd over 1f out, no extra and dropped to 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Ange Blanc (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Feb.
Tomyros (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Rear of mid-division, headway approaching straight, 2nd briefly 3f out, soon ridden and no extra from 2f out, 6th of 15, 21l behind Kates Benefit (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mrs N H flat in Feb.