SHAMSIKHAN scored on very testing ground on the Flat in France and though beaten twice for Willie Mullins his narrow defeat by subsequent Grade 3 winner Minella Foru at Listowel would be good enough for this. Bold Bachelor has been making steady progress and his run behind Blow The Doors off at Gowran a couple of weeks ago puts him in the picture. Easter Hunt, who was only just behind in that latter event, will probably be suited by further in time but the testing conditions should play to his strengths. Like It A Lot showed real promise when beaten a nose by The Winkler at Galway in October but has run very poorly in two subsequent starts.
Are You Listening (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Soon mid-division, not fluent 2nd, no impression after 3 out, no extra in poor 6th before straight, weakened, completely tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Claire Pet (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Belushed (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Nicajac.
Bold Bachelor (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, soon in 4th, 3rd and no impression at last, 4th again and kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 18, 8l behind Blow The Doors Off (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft.
Cairde Aris (IRE) Definite Article gelding out of Avitta.
Call To Battle (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, 14th early, never a factor, tailed off, 15th of 18, well behind Todd (10-11) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy.
Easter Hunt (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, soon in 3rd, ridden before straight, dropped to 5th and no extra from last, kept on one pace, 5th of 18, 9l behind Blow The Doors Off (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft.
Fruits Of Molly (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, led before 6th where jumped left, ridden after 3 out, headed before last, no extra run-in, 4th of 15, 6l behind Cracking Chap (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft.
Lake Field (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Towards rear, not fluent 2nd, never a factor, 13th of 18, well behind Blow The Doors Off (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft.
Like It A Lot 7-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out and soon no extra, weakened, 4th of 7, 47l behind Ballagh (11-13) at Navan 2m N H flat hvy in Feb.
Rock On Brian (IRE) 66-1 (11-9) Ran out and unseated rider early, in a race won by Todd (10-11) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy, 18 ran.
Roe Your Own Boat (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Chased leader in 4th and closer halfway, pushed along and no extra approaching straight, weakened, 11th of 15, 30l behind Wrath Of Titans (11-4) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Nov.
Royal Shot (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 11th early, no extra approaching straight, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Todd (10-11) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy.
Shamsikhan (IRE) 6-4fav (11-11) Mid-division on inner, close 7th on inner 2 out, ridden and progress into 4th entering straight, disputing close 2nd when mistake at last, not recover and weakened to 4th run-in, 4th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Is Love Alive (11-11) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Borussia (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Waited with at ordinary pace, improved to chase leaders over 4f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 5th of 12, 8l behind Palm Sur (10-7) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo nhf gf in Jul.
Cead Eitilt (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Chased leaders early, moderate 10th after 3 out, soon no impression,, 10th of 16, 29l behind Lucky Bridle (11-7) at Thurles 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Nov.
Lily Rock (IRE) Exit To Nowhere mare out of Zaffaran Blends.