BENEMEADE progressed nicely in bumpers culminating in a victory at Downpatrick and his pedigree suggests he should make a fine hurdler. This doesn't look the most difficult of starts over hurdles and he can get off the mark. Kingclip has run over 2m4f on both starts over timber and this shorter trip could bring out more while the likes of Young Finnegan and Juan De Gracia have done enough to be considered for a place.
Ballymullough Glen (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Mid-division, 11th halfway, no extra from 3 out, weakened, 18th of 20, well behind Monelissio (10-11) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl sft.
Benemeade (IRE) 9-4fav (12-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden 2f out and headway to lead entering straight, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, held on, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd beating The Job Is Right (12-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Buster Molloy 50-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, behind when pulled up 4f out, in a race won by Band Of Blood (11-8) at Thurles 2m N H flat hvy in Feb, 18 ran.
Dancing Roe (IRE) Vinnie Roe gelding out of Lantern Dancer.
Hallstown Lad (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 12, 40l behind Carsonstown Bridge (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Happy Maverick (IRE) 10-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Gris Ladera (9-5) at Galway 1m hcp 50-70 gd in Aug (flat).
Juan De Gracia (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Disputed lead, led briefly 3 out but ridden and dropped to 4th entering straight, no extra, 7th of 18, 10l behind Carhue (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Kilbixy (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Alw pr, cl up 2nd & fell 5out, in a race won by Kilene Brook (11-4) at The Pigeons 3m ire ptp gs, 11 ran.
Kingclip (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division on inner, progress from 3 out, kept on without threatening, 6th of 20, 17l behind Defence Of Duress (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Leinster Walk (IRE) St Jovite gelding out of Angela's Way.
Master Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division on inner, went moderate 5th 3 out, kept on one paced from next, 5th of 19, 42l behind Mad Brian (11-5) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft.
Soul Season (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, 7th approaching 4 out, closed from next, no extra from before straight, 7th of 12, well behind American Flyer (10-11) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Young Finnegan (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Cl up, 6th gng well 6out, prog aftr 5out & 6th 3out, chall & ld 2out, cl 2nd & no ex at last, ko, 3rd of 18, 1l behind Fence Me In (12-0) at Athlacca 3m ire ptp gd in May '11.
Drumlosh Sallie (IRE) Definite Article mare out of Auntie Sally.
Hidden Horizons (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 12th 2 out, kept on one pace, 10th of 20, 31l behind Monelissio (10-11) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl sft.