Aranhill Chief gave supporters of the well-regarded Darroun a fright at Ballinrobe and a similar effort would see him in the frame. Bally Longford gained an impressive victory at Clonmel and there's more to come but Cailin Annamh will need to brush up her jumping in this company. BENEMEADE and Our Man Zebo carry penalties and both had to battle for their latest victories. The latter may have found the ground too fast when beating Lady Of Glencoe at Wexford and it's the former who is handed the vote as he looked well below his best when scrambling home at Roscommon and Noel Meade believes he's capable of much better.
Benemeade (IRE) 11-10fav (11-12) Settled in 6th, ridden in 5th early straight and steady headway to challenge last, led run-in and kept on best under pressure, won at Roscommon 2m 4f nh nov hdl gf in Jul beating Ourbeautifuldream (10-10) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Our Man Zebo (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Chased leaders, closed up from 3 out, on terms from next, narrowly headed from last, fought back to lead closing stages and nicely on top at the finish, won at Wexford 2m 4f nh nov hdl gf in Jun beating Lady Of Glencoe (11-2) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Aranhill Chief (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Prominent, led on inner 4 out, strongly pressed after 2 out, narrow lead at last, kept on under pressure run-in, headed on line, 2nd of 8, ns behind Darroun (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hdl gd in Jul.
Bally Longford (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Chased leaders, a little bit off 1st 2 in 4th before 5 out, closed and on terms from 3 out, led approaching straight, clear from before 2 out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gs in Jun beating Aces And Kings (11-1) by 7l, 18 ran.
Araglen Lad (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Soon led and clear, reduced lead and headed 6f out, soon weakened, 13th of 16, well behind Rockdown (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m 2f N H flat hvy in Mar.
Butney Rock 11-4fav (12-0) Mid-division, headway into 3rd 4f out, disputed lead entering straight, soon ridden, led over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f N H flat gf in Jun beating Run For Firth (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Nevskij (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) (poor visibility in back straight) led or disputed lead, pulled up quickly (injured) on downhill run after 3 out, in a race won by Final Gift (11-4) at Tramore 2m 6f hts chs in Apr, 15 ran.
The Bluebell Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Prominent and disputed, 2nd halfway, ridden after 4 out, no extra before 3 out, 6th of 22, 27l behind Railway Icon (11-12) at Cork 3m mdn hdl gf in Jul.
Cailin Annamh (IRE) 4-5fav (11-3) Soon raced in 3rd, not always fluent jumping, 2nd before straight, ridden and slight mistake 2 out, no impression and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Chiltern Hills (11-3) at Limerick 2m 4f mrs nov hdl gf in Jul.
Megan's Vic (IRE) Old Vic mare out of Kinincha Girl.