Wicklow Gold attempted to make all in the fog at Navan last month but was passed in the straight by Agent James and could only keep on at one pace. He'll improve and should go close but this looks a good opportunity for MILAN BOUND to finally get off the mark. He's come up against some very strong opposition to date and ran very well behind the strongly-fancied Azorian at Leopardstown two weeks ago. Milan Ridge slipped up in that event when still in contention but Top Othe Ra has had enough chances though he did run well at Thurles last month. Benemeade will have come on for his opening run behind Blackmail at Leopardstown and looks best of the remainder.
Cnoc An Cheo (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Waited with, headway to chase leaders from under 3f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 11l behind Aonvarr (12-0) at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat gd in May.
Eye Lied (AUS) 25-1 (11-7) Led and disputed early, weakened from 4f out, 11th of 12, well behind Eight Chimes (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat hvy in Jan.
Luckey Seven (IRE) Alderbrook gelding out of Patscilla.
Benemeade (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 12l behind Blackmail (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat in Jan.
Chakisto (FR) 22-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 12, 26l behind Urubu D'irlande (11-0) at Taunton 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Dromore Lake (IRE) Spartacus gelding out of Palm Lake.
Gabriel Brandy (IRE) 11-2 (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway into 4th entering straight, ridden and no impression on winner 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Tangled Web (11-11) at Leopardstown 2m NH flat sft in Dec.
Milan Bound (IRE) 8-1 (11-13) Mid-division, 6th halfway, headway on inner to go 2nd entering straight, soon ridden to challenge, no impression on winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace under pressure, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Azorian (11-13) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat sft.
Milan Ridge (IRE) 40-1 (11-6) Towards rear, headway on outer in 6th 4f out, still well in touch when stumbled and slipped up approaching straight, in a race won by Azorian (11-13) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat sft, 13 ran.
Top Othe Ra (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, went 3rd 2 out, ridden approaching last and no impression when left 2nd, kept on same pace but no threat to winner, 2nd of 18, 7l behind Kilmainham (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Wicklow Gold (FR) 6-4fav (11-12) Led when first seen after 3f, headed 5f out, ridden in 2nd and no impression on winner when reappeared from fog 1f out, kept on same pace (poor visibility), 2nd of 7, 5l behind Agent James (11-8) at Navan 2m N H flat hvy in Jan.
Julies Exit (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, soon tailed off, virtually pulled up final furlong, completely tailed off, last of 13, well behind Railway Zira (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m mrs N H flat hvy.
Rathfeigh (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Never better than mid-division, 15th of 16, well behind Somedaysomehow (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m mares mdn hdl in Oct.
Send For Mary (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 45l behind Owen Mc (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
Now I Win Again (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Rcd 4th, gd prog to ld last, ko best, all out, won at Necarne 3m ire ptp sft in May beating Fallingofthemoon (11-7) by nk, 10 ran.