CLONDAW FARMER looked a potentially useful staying prospect when running on nicely over this trip at Fairyhouse in April and, with further progress likely, can take this before heading for hurdling. Blue Owen has gone well in his last two starts and only succumbed late on at Killarney, as did Jamesmichael on the same track. The latter was headed right on the line and Derek O'Connor's stronger handling will ensure he has a big chance. Port Rock is improving fast and made a positive start at Down Royal but a bigger threat may arrive in the shape of That's Nice, who couldn't quite get to Collen Beag over 2m at Limerick. Rosetub will get plenty of assistance from the saddle though she's now had eight starts without winning.
Blue Owen (IRE) 7-4fav (11-7) Soon led, ridden 3f out, challenged 1f out, narrowly headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd last strides, 3rd of 13, hd behind Hurry Kitty (11-0) at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat gd.
Blueprint Bob (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, disputed lead from 8f out, headed 2f out and soon no extra, 6th of 20, 17l behind Champagne Agent (12-0) at Cork 2m 3f NH flat gd in Apr '12.
Clondaw Farmer (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Rear of mid-division, 10th entering straight, ridden and progress under 2f out to go 3rd 1f out, under pressure and kept on into 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Free Expression (12-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f NH flat in Apr.
Gaius Marius (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, 14th halfway, not fluent 6th and 3 out, soon ridden and no impression approaching straight, 12th of 20, 44l behind Much Wants More (11-4) at Tipperary 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.
Jamesmicheal (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, progress in 8th 3f out, 5th 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, narrow lead inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, headed on line, 2nd of 13, ns behind Hurry Kitty (11-0) at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat gd.
Mclaren Vale (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden into 6th entering straight, no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Hurry Kitty (11-0) at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat gd.
Notorious Villain (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in 3rd, moderate 3rd 4f out, ridden and stayed on into moderate 2nd under 2f out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 14l behind Macbride (11-10) at Tipperary 2m NH flat.
Port Rock (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Prominent, on terms from over 3f out, headed over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Morning Run (11-7) at Down Royal 2m NH flat gf in Jun.
Some Pride (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression over 4f out, 12th of 13, 34l behind Big Kern (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f ldy N H flat gd in Jun.
Thats Nice (IRE) 7-4 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, challenged 2f out, 2nd 1f out, every chance final furlong, kept on without quite matching winner, 2nd of 8, nk behind Collen Beag (10-8) at Limerick 2m NH flat.
Topper Thornton (IRE) 6-1 (12-2) Mid div, mstk 1st, prog to tr ldrs 6out, cl 5th 5out, swift prog to cl 2nd apr str, left ld 2out, qcknd clr last, won at Fairyhouse 3m ire ptp gs in May beating Sir Ollar (12-2) by 5l, 17 ran.
Emerald Honours (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Towards rear, took keen hold, improved on outer after halfway, prominent 6f out, 4th approaching straight, no impression from 2f out, 6th 1f out, one pace, 7th of 16, 19l behind Triumph Davis (11-2) at Limerick 2m 4f mrs N H flat gf.
Eve's Warrior (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and dropped to moderate 7th 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 21l behind Myles Ahead (11-9) at Wexford 2m 2f NH flat.
Kahar 14-1 (11-1) Pr early, wknd 1/2 way, sn rr & pu 5out, in a race won by Ms Jilly Maaye (11-1) at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Jun, 13 ran.
Rosetub (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Chased leader in close 2nd, led 4f out, ridden and challenged 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Daring Carlotta (11-9) at Killarney 2m 1f mrs N H flat gd.
Tiger Bay Lady (IRE) 5-4 (11-11) Mostly 2nd, 25l 2nd 4out, clsd in 2nd frm 2out & faster jump last, so best to ld 75 yards out, won at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp gd in May beating Distal Cusp (11-11) by 1l, 14 ran.
Urban Native (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Towards rear for most, ridden and no impression 4f out, 14th of 18, 36l behind Pack The Punch (11-0) at Roscommon 2m 4f NH flat gf.