Neither of Gordon Elliott's pair, Harry's Summer nor hurdling newcomer High Expectations, have shown much to date but can be expected to improve. Celtic Artisan showed a bit of promise on his hurdling bow at Roscommon when Prussian Eagle, who was much better on the Flat and attracted good support, was well beaten after jumping moderately. Well in front of both that day was CABARETE, who had done nothing on the Flat but showed that hurdling is his game with an excellent performance, beaten just a length by Atan. He's finished runner-up again on the same track and can go one better though anything Willie Mullins saddles has to be respected and Verawal, despite three poor runs on the Flat, is certain to attract support.
Artistic Flame 33-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, outpaced, some late headway, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 10l behind Examiner (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec (flat).
Cabarete (IRE) 11-4 (10-7) Tracked leaders, improved to dispute lead before 3 out, ridden to lead 2 out, headed before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Love The Feeling (10-5) at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl gf.
Celtic Artisan (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression before 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 13l behind Atan (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd.
Harry's Summer (USA) 10-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, ridden and no extra after 4 out, weakened, last of 11, well behind Atan (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd.
High Expectations (FR) 66-1 (9-5) Always behind, ridden in last 3f out, no impression, never a factor, 7th of 8, 26l behind Belisarius (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo mdn stks pol in Apr (flat).
Prussian Eagle (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Soon chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th 3 out, soon no extra, 8th of 11, 21l behind Atan (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd.
Verawal (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 2f out, soon no extra, 10th of 15, 11l behind Mandatario (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo mdn gd in Sep (flat).