Bright New Dawn ran well enough in a couple of bumpers to be sent into Grade 2 company for his hurdling debut and he did very well to finish so close to Felix Yonger. He looks certain to win races this season but comes up against a couple of very promising rivals. LORD OF LORDS could hardly have been more impressive on his only start in a Navan bumper in March. He's passed up several chances to make his debut over timber in recent weeks and should be fit enough to make a winning start. Ned Buntline is well regarded by Noel Meade and looks a major threat. He wasn't beaten far by the very useful Jezki on his racecourse debut at Leopardstown in January and his fitness is guaranteed after an easy victory at Naas last month. Endless Intrigue has shown plenty of potential in better class events and is another to note in an intriguing opener.
Bright New Dawn (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Failed to settle early, tracked leaders mainly 5th racing keenly, ridden in 6th 2 out and soon no extra, 7th of 8, 10l behind Felix Yonger (11-5) at Naas 2m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Courtly Conduct (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 3rd and ridden 2 out, kept on one paced, 3rd of 14, 11l behind Clonbanan Lad (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Endless Intrigue (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, closed from before 2 out, ridden into moderate 2nd before straight, closed last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Tavern Times (11-6) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd in Jul '11.
Forever Gold (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Waited with, 8th after 3 out, kept on without threatening from next, 5th of 14, 9l behind Art Of Logistics (11-9) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gs in Nov.
Lord Of Lords (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Settled behind leaders in 6th, good headway into 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, impressively, won at Navan 2m N H flat in Mar beating Arlberg Express (12-0) by 23l, 8 ran.
Rory's Brother (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Prominent, 2nd halfway, mistake 4 out, weakened before next, 11th of 20, well behind Digeanta (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Seanie Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, left 2nd 4 out, disputed entering straight, ridden in close 3rd 2 out, soon no extra and kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Sous Les Cieux (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov '11.
Diamond's First (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, last of 11, well behind Minsk (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Hero De Villeneuve (FR) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, 3rd halfway, ridden and weakened quickly entering straight, 8th of 11, well behind Ned Buntline (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo nhf in Nov.
Mala Beach (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outer, 7th halfway, pushed along and no impression in 9th 2 out, 9th of 11, 32l behind Call Rog (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Ned Buntline 1-3fav (11-7) Settled in rear, headway on outer early straight and 4th 2f out, smooth progress to lead early final furlong and soon cruised clear, impressive, won at Naas 2m 4yo nhf in Nov beating Milan Bound (11-0) by 6l, 11 ran.
Sammy Black (GER) 6-1 (11-5) Settled in rear of mid-division, never a factor, no impression in straight, 11th of 16, 23l behind Bullet Street (11-9) at Limerick 2m cond mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Smallman (IRE) Golan gelding out of Not Mine.
Theboss On Thehill (IRE) Bach gelding out of Consproblem.
Twotwentyyards (IRE) 40-1 (11-8) Always towards rear, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Clonbanan Lad (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Akatara (IRE) 9-2 (10-4) Led and disputed, clear of remainder, in front 6th, went on alone from 5 out, reduced lead next, ridden before straight, headed before last, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Twigline (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Close The Bar (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and weakened 4 out, tailed off, 16th of 20, well behind Tasitiocht (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Miss Penny Pincher (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Mid-division, bad mistake 4 out, soon weakened and tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Top Madam (11-3) at Down Royal 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) gd in Nov.
Wing It Lady (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Soon mid-division, kept on same pace from before 3 out, 8th of 15, 26l behind High Desert (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Annie Oakley (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway into 3rd before 3 out, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 37l behind Minsk (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.