BENBECULA gave Johnny Murtagh hs first winner as a trainer at Tramore earlier this month when the fast ground suited him admirably. He still looks well enough handicapped despite his big weight and can go in again. Something Graceful ran very well in a tough Naas handicap when Fairylike was behind and looks sure to be winning again soon but Mutiska probably needs softer ground and a greater test of stamina. Whatever It Takes landed a handicap at Dundalk in April but has to race from a 9lb higher mark on Turf.
Benbecula 6-4fav (9-3) Made all, ridden from 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Tramore 1m 4f stks fm beating Lady Imola (9-0) by 6l, 7 ran.
Something Graceful 7-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden early straight and briefly carried right when going 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure without matching winner, dropped to 3rd closing strides, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Love And Cherish (9-3) at Naas 1m 2f fll hcp 50-80 gf.
Fairylike (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Towards rear, 10th and ridden entering straight, no impression in 7th 1f out, kept on inside final furlong and just failed to snatch 4th on line, 5th of 12, 3l behind Love And Cherish (9-3) at Naas 1m 2f fll hcp 50-80 gf.
The Giving Tree (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 11th of 16, 8l behind Valbucca (8-11) at Navan 1m 2f fll hcp 60-90 in May.
Mutiska (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway travelling well 3f out, went 3rd 2f out, pushed along to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, easily, won at Ballinrobe 1m 6f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) sft in May beating Little Green (9-3) by 3l, 11 ran.
Catchy Lass (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 21l behind Sho Girl (9-2) at Roscommon 1m 3f mdn fll stks in May.
Chill (IRE) 13-2 (8-6) Chased leader, 5th halfway, closer early straight, ridden and headway to go 2nd briefly 1f out, no impression inside final furlong and kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Tantalising (8-12) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp in Apr.
Whatever It Takes (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Tracked leaders on inner in 3rd, headway to lead 2f out, soon ridden and kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Apr beating Golden Clubs (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Asian Wing (IRE) 7-1 (8-4) Mid-division early, improved to chase leaders halfway, 4th 4f out, ridden and no extra entering straight, 11th of 12, 11l behind Solo Performer (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Mar.
Total Reality (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 10l behind Fairview Star (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Apr.
Sheilas Wish (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 11l behind Lethal Weapon (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 3f hcp 50-80 in May.