Five bumper winners in a field of seven suggests this is a race to savour though the very long absence of Raise You Ten suggests he may need the outing. Clonbur also reappears after a break but he was impressive in beating Hills Of Claragh here on St Patrick's Day when he started favourite. Bandra Bullet created a surprise when comfortably beating Ta Blazes at Downpatrick in August and has plenty of scope, a remark that also applies to Dylan Ross, who was very impressive when landing a Galway bumper a couple of weeks ago and looks the type to go on to better things. Those who saw BRAVE BEAUTY storm away from hot favourite Ross Bay at Punchestown last week couldn't fail to have been impressed and Gordon Elliott's mare will take all the beating with her allowance.
Clonbur 3-1fav (11-11) Held up towards rear, good headway on outer travelling well 3f out, soon close up, led 1 1/2f out, ridden clear from 1f out, stayed on well, easily, won at Down Royal 2m N H flat gd in Mar beating Hills Of Claragh (11-7) by 5l, 16 ran.
Raise You Ten (IRE) 10-3 (11-11) 2nd of 11, 4l behind Candy Creek (10-6) at Cork 2m NH flat hvy in Nov '08.
Bandra Bullet (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and lost place briefly over 6f out, 5th 4f out, headway to lead 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f ldy N H flat gf in Aug beating Ta Blazes (11-4) by 3l, 7 ran.
Dylan Ross (IRE) 4-5fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, headway to challenge in 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on strongly inside final furlong to go clear, eased close home, won at Galway 2m N H flat gd in Oct beating He's Our Man (11-9) by 6l, 8 ran.
Brave Beauty (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, improved to lead 3f out, ridden clear over 2f out, kept on strongly, easily, won at Punchestown 2m mrs N H flat in Oct beating Ross Bay (11-2) by 12l, 14 ran.
Drum Bustible (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Mid div, rdn in tch to 4out, no impress aftr 3out, ko, 6th of 13, 19l behind Balnahinch (11-7) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov '08.
Clouded Thoughts (IRE) Definite Article gelding out of Native Design.