The once very useful and versatile Fisher Bridge bounced right back to form with an impressive display at Down Royal where he won hard held. He's in the Plate later in the week and a big run here is anticipated. Muirhead and Loosen My Load don't appear as good as they once were but Nearest The Pin has been running over hurdles and reverting to the bigger obstacles looks a good option. Pride Of The Artic won this in 2012 but hasn't had much racing subsequently. He paid the price for too many errors at Ballinrobe but would have to be considered at his best. Cailin Annamh has been looking a smart prospect though he was just feeling the pinch when brought down at Killarney in the race where DOMINATION finished runner-up. Charles Byrnes' charge, the winner of the Ascot Stakes last month, was having only his third start over fences that day and the experience can enable him to take this.
Fisher Bridge (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Held up, 7th at 3rd, closed into 2nd approaching 3 out, soon challenged, on terms 2 out and quickly led, clear approaching last, stayed on well run-in, easily, won at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gf in Jun beating Carmels Boy (9-10) by 6l, 11 ran.
Armaramak (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Settled in mid-division, 5th after 7 out, 4th after 4 out and brought down next, in a race won by Fort George (11-7) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd, 15 ran.
Gimli's Rock (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Soon chased leaders, dropped to rear 7th, no impression in moderate 6th 5 out, kept on same pace from 3 out, 4th of 8, 31l behind Aughnacurraveel (11-0) at Limerick 3m chs gf.
Loosen My Load (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Raced in close 2nd, not fluent 6th, ridden to challenge after 2 out and drifted left before last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 10, 7l behind Mahrajaan (9-13) at Killarney 2m 1f hcap ch gd.
Muirhead (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Towards rear, took closer order before 2 out and ridden after 2 out, improved into 4th before last, no impression run-in and kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 13l behind Caim Hill (11-4) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs gd.
Nearest The Pin (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden in 5th 3 out, 6th next, no extra, 5th of 12, 7l behind Golden Ticket (9-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gd.
Pride Of The Artic (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Mid-division, mistake and unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Sammy Black (10-9) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f hcp chs gd in May, 16 ran.
Rockshandy (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Led, jumped left 4th, mistake 7 out, headed after 4 out and soon ridden, held and disputing 3rd when unseated rider last, in a race won by Fort George (11-7) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd, 15 ran.
Butney Rock 11-10fav (11-7) Held up in touch, took keen hold early, closed up approaching 9th, tracked leaders on outer from before 4 out, 4th next, challenged 2 out, soon gained narrow lead, pressed and stayed on well run-in to hold on at the finish, won at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase gf in Jun beating Jarob (11-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Cailin Annamh (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Raced mainly in 3rd, ridden after 3 out, still every chance when brought down 2 out, in a race won by Alelchi Inois (11-5) at Killarney 2m 6f nov chs gd, 6 ran.
Domination 4-1 (11-5) Raced in 4th, ridden after 3 out and left in 2nd 2 out, improved to dispute approaching last, headed run-in and kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Alelchi Inois (11-5) at Killarney 2m 6f nov chs gd.
Jacksonslady (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Towards rear, hit 7th, no extra from after 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Instant Impacked (9-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcap ch sft in Mar.