Swantykay scored over 2m2f at Downpatrick and went to Ballinrobe last week with a favourite's chance but just lacked the pace over the minimum trip so he may find this on the sharp side. ARTFUL ARTIST ran well in his first two starts over timber last year and will have needed the run on his comeback in April. He's since won twice on the Flat and that progress can be transferred to hurdling where he makes his handicap debut. Tony Martin's charge gets the vote though there are numerous dangers including Dun Scaith, who has been finding 2m4f too far and will be suited by a strong pace over the minimum trip. Roman Numeral has been saved for this after completing a double in April though not surprisingly he's shot up the weights while Donatis Comet was returning from a very long break when failing to justify strong support at Limerick three weeks ago and will strip fitter here. The maiden King Blue is at the right end of the handicap and may prove best of the remainder.
Who's Cross (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden and no extra 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Fethard Player (11-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f cond hcp hdl gd in Jun.
Roman Numeral (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Soon chased leaders, 6th approaching 3 out, soon improved into 3rd, challenged and almost on terms 2 out, mistake last, came close with rival but led and stayed on well run-in, won at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Apr beating Luimneach Abu (11-1) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Sli Na Fiarana 25-1 (10-13) Held up, mid-division best, 8th halfway, ridden and no extra before last, 9th of 10, 12l behind Sea Light (10-10) at Leopardstown 2m nov hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Donatis Comet (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) Chased leaders, hit 1st, not fluent 2nd, slight mistake 5 out, moderate 5th 3 out, pushed along approaching straight, moderate 4th 2 out, one pace, 4th of 15, 11l behind Eight Till Late (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl gf.
Dun Scaith (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Led, 4 lengths advantage approaching straight, slight mistake 2 out, ridden and headed last, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 20, 4l behind Much Wants More (11-4) at Tipperary 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.
Marshim (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Rear, 12th after 6th, travelled well into 4th after 3 out, closer in 3rd at 2nd last where ridden, 3rd at last, stayed on without troubling leader, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Couleur De La Loi (9-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f cond hcp hdl (80-109).
Long House Saint (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Always towards rear, 9th 5 out, ridden and no impression entering straight, 9th of 12, 10l behind Golden Ticket (9-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gd.
King Of Oriel (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Mid-division, progress into 6th before 3 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 24l behind Portrade (11-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Sports Line (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, slight mistakes 2nd and 4th, ridden into 7th after 2 out, stayed on in 5th entering straight, 4th and mistake last, kept on same pace to 3rd run-in, no impression on leaders, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Wate And Sea (10-3) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-109.
Kims Dream (IRE) 5-1fav (10-8) Rear of mid-division, not fluent 2nd, pushed along before 3 out, short of room on inner approaching straight and switched left, soon 11th, no impression from after 2 out, kept on, 7th of 18, 7l behind Cordelia Belle (11-0) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gd in Jun.
Wildcatted (GER) 40-1 (11-0) In rear, not fluent 5th, no impression from 4 out, soon no extra, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Celestial Prospect (11-0) at Cork 2m 4f hdl gd.
Artful Artist (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, poor 9th before halfway, soon no danger, 9th of 16, 50l behind Roman General (10-11) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl gf in Apr.
Swantykay (IRE) 15-8fav (11-2) Mid-division, progress into 5th 2 out, ridden in 4th after 2 out, stayed on into 2nd last, kept on to press winner run-in and held close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Wate And Sea (10-3) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-109.
Rasco (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, under pressure and lost place from 4 out, soon weakened, completely tailed off, last of 14, well behind Greatness (10-7) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Jun.
Beckwith Star (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Prominent, moderate 3rd approaching 6 out, moderate 2nd from 4 out, closed 3 out, on terms 2 out, soon led, pressed run-in, kept on well, headed near finish, 2nd of 9, shd behind Hospital (11-9) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs in May.
Roadtotheisland (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) In rear, headway into 7th after 6th, stumbled on bend and dropped to rear, ridden along in 13th before 4 out, no extra, 12th of 14, well behind Couleur De La Loi (9-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f cond hcp hdl (80-109).
Vision Du Coeur (FR) 4-1 (11-4) Led, ran wide on bend in 2nd, soon disputed lead, 2nd halfway, 3rd before 4 out, improved to 2nd before 3 out, challenged 2 out, disputed lead last, not match winner in last 50 yards, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Sang Tiger (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gf.
King Blue (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 4th approaching 3rd, 5th 3 out, improved on outer into 4th entering straight, 3rd after last, kept on, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Sang Tiger (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gf.
Oscar Vespasian (IRE) 15-8fav (11-4) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, progress into 3rd 2 out, ridden in 2nd after 2 out, no extra in 6th before straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 10l behind Ocean Glandore (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Eric The Grey (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Mid-division, ridden and no impression after 4 out, moderate 8th entering straight, kept on one pace, 10th of 18, 30l behind Voluptueux (11-12) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl gf.
House Limit (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Mid-division, slight mistake 3rd, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th after 2 out, under pressure in 5th before straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 12l behind Wate And Sea (10-3) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-109.
Luddsdenene (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway into 2nd when jumped slightly left 3 out, soon led, jumped badly left next, headed approaching last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Carpet Elegance (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf in May.
Drunken Counsel (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Led, ridden before 2 out, soon pressed and headed, no impression and weakened from before last where mistake, 9th of 13, 12l behind The Black Russian (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gd.