Bensoon has been in fine form on the Flat and along with Fluctuate, a winner for John Gosden at Wolverhampton last April, is an interesting recruit to hurdling. Shabra Emperor has won once in 39 career starts and never over hurdles while Shukhov and Millerina have a lot to find. That leaves Zabana and HURRICANE RIDGE to fight it out and though the former landed a Sligo maiden on just his second start over hurdles last month, Jessica Harrington's charge is given the nod as he's competed at a higher level and scored on the Flat at Navan last month.
Hurricane Ridge (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, niggled along after 4 out, ridden 2 out, no impression in 5th entering straight, kept on same pace to 4th run-in, no impression leaders, 4th of 7, 14l behind Dalasiri (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo hdl sft in Apr.
Zabana (IRE) 13-8fav (11-4) Soon tracked leader, challenged when not fluent 2 out, soon on terms, not fluent again last, held head a bit high but got on top close home, won at Sligo 2m mdn hdl hvy in May beating Sunsetstorise (11-4) by 1l, 10 ran.
Bensoon 3-1fav (8-10) Towards rear, progress on inner and a lot to do into straight, ridden in moderate 5th over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Dane Street (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp (flat).
Fluctuate (USA) 7-4fav (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 1l behind Spifer (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan (flat).
Shabra Emperor (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden and weakened quickly 2 out, soon hung badly right towards inside rail, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Call Me Bubbles (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo hdl hvy in May, 8 ran.
Shukhov (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, last of 25, well behind City Slicker (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in May.
Millerina (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Towards rear, no impression from 3 out, some late progress, 10th of 22, 35l behind Lady Of Glencoe (11-7) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gf in May.