Love On Top gained her maiden success at Clonmel in October and has been competing at a high level subsequently, though she'll need to do better than when tailed off at Clonmel in April. Dual bumper winner PINK HAT finally came good over hurdles at Cork and though that was over the minimum trip she has always looked as though further would suit and this looks within her range. She's handed the vote though Princess Leya is progressing really well and steps up to this trip for the first time after making all and staying on strongly over the minimum at Limerick. But Queen Alphabet is a smart performer in the making and followed her excellent bumper form with an impressive hurdles victory on this track so she could prove the main threat.
Diyala (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Jumped left, took keen hold and held up last, went sharply left and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Man With Van (10-12) at Perth 3m nov chs (4) sft in May, 4 ran.
Goodoldhonkytonk (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, mistake 2nd, no threat from 4 out, 12th of 18, well behind Baily Dusk (9-12) at Clonmel 3m hcp chs 0-109 in Oct.
Love On Top (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Soon mid-division, 12th early, no impression from before straight, 12th of 17, well behind Blacklough (11-3) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 in Apr.
Pink Hat (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Led, joined from after 4 out, came close with rival 3 out, gained narrow lead again 2 out, soon clear, slight mistake last, ridden out to assert run-in, won at Cork 2m hdl in May beating Kandinski (11-3) by 8l, 6 ran.
Princess Leya (IRE) 7-2fav (11-5) Made all, slight mistake 5 out, ridden 2 out, kept on well from before last, won at Limerick 2m mdn hdl gs in Apr beating Ningbo Express (10-9) by 1 1/4l, 17 ran.
Queen Alphabet (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Soon tracked leaders, closer in 2nd after 3 out, led approaching straight, not fluent 2 out, stayed on well run-in, won at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in May beating Erlkonig (11-4) by 4l, 14 ran.
Putrakin (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden and no impression from 4f out, never a factor, 12th of 15, well behind Officer Cadet (12-0) at Down Royal 2m NH flat gf in May.
Vic Dancer (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, short of room and stumbled after 4 out, lost place from before straight, soon no extra, 12th of 21, 30l behind Kilnockin Lady (11-7) at Cork 2m 4f mares mdn hdl in May.
Somethingboutnelly (IRE) 40-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 6th approaching 5 out, dropped to remote 12th before straight, soon no extra,, 13th of 16, well behind Circe's Island (10-13) at Limerick 2m 3f mrs mdn hdl gd in May.