Silverlord was in fine form over hurdles when last seen just over a year ago and must be respected despite the long lay-off. Aragorn Rouge beat Danick Of Time and Heroine Chic in a claimer last time and the placed horses run earlier on the card while Regal Tramp has been racing in much better company though a strike-rate of 0-15 is off-putting. GENERAL BUNCHING has more scope than most of these and followed an excellent run behind Imprudent Miss by comfortably landing a handicap. He shouldn't be inconvenienced by the drop in trip and can complete a quick double.
Aragorn Rouge 5-4fav (9-4) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to challenge 1f out, stayed on to lead final 150 yards, kept on well, won at Dundalk 1m mdn clm pol in Jan beating Danick Of Time (8-13) by 1l, 13 ran.
Badger Or Bust (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden into 2nd 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 9th of 14, 8l behind Captain Henry (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Captain Henry (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway into 6th 2f out, ridden into 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Shisha Threesixty (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Chebona Bula 9-2 (9-9) Mid-division, headway under 2f out, ridden into 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Blue Cross Boy (8-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Silverlord (FR) 16-1 (9-4) Prominent, moderate 2nd until closed on leader approaching straight, 4th and no extra over 2f out, weakened, 8th of 11, 13l behind Salute Him (10-0) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 60-90 gf in Jun '09.
Solid Air 16-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, no extra final furlong, 7th of 14, 6l behind Lord Kenmare (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
General Bunching (USA) 11-2 (9-4) Rear of mid-division, headway in 8th 2f out, ridden to close and edged right over 1f out, 2nd 1f out, soon led, kept on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan beating Word For Word (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Indian Scout 7-1 (8-11) Rear of mid-division, headway entering straight, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon led, strongly pressed final furlong, no extra and headed near line, 2nd of 14, nk behind Painted Fingers (9-0) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Night Singer 7-2fav (9-11) Prominent, 2nd halfway, led early straight and soon asserted, kept on under pressure, no extra and headed closing stages, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Elizabeth Coffee (9-9) at Clonmel 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf in Sep.
Regal Tramp (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on into 2nd 1f out, no extra final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Prince Of Fire (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Jan.