GREAT JONES won a Tramore bumper in a canter in August then ran poorly at Naas. He's bred for sprinting but wouldn't be hurdling with the champion trainer without good reason and can make a winning start. Ardboe Abbey couldn't handle heavy ground at Gowran but his earlier form puts him in the picture, a remark that also applies to Alexander Leaving who found 2m4f stretching his stamina at Tipperary. Captain Lob has also done better over this trip but it's Dale Street who should provide the maIn threat as he broke a blood vessel when last seen at Thurles in November after several smart performances against useful rivals.
Ardboe Abbey (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Not fluent jumping and soon in rear, no extra under pressure from 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Lookoutnow (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Curl Cat (USA) 12-1 (11-12) Prominent and slight mistake 1st, chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 9th of 13, 35l behind Truckin All Night (11-9) at Listowel 2m mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Great Jones (USA) 7-2 (12-0) Tracked leaders, 7th 5f out, ridden 3f out, moderate 4th 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 13, 26l behind Road To Riches (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat hvy in Oct.
Alexander Leaving (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th early straight and no extra from 2 out, weakened, 8th of 15, 33l behind Marshim (10-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in May.
Brave Glen (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Held up, moderate 12th halfway, no impression and kept on one pace behind, tailed off, 6th of 20, well behind Young Finnegan (11-12) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl hvy in May.
Captain Lob (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, dropped to 5th and no impression approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 25l behind Cherish The Pear (10-11) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in May.
Castletimon (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd before 2 out, no impression last, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 11l behind Gabriel Brandy (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in May.
Dale Street (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Prominent, not fluent 3rd and 4th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened and pulled up before 2 out, burst blood vessel, in a race won by Home Farm (11-4) at Thurles 2m 2f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) in Nov, 16 ran.
Deep Determination (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, dropped to 7th under 4f out, soon no impression, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Indian Road Runner (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m N H flat sft in May.
Derryarkin (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) In rear, well adrift halfway, no impression from 3 out, 11th of 14, well behind Un Beau Roman (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Apr.
Logans John (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Soon towards rear, no danger from before 5 out, 14th of 18, well behind Elijah Gardner (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in May.
Seaboru (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden in 7th and no impression after 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 8th of 20, well behind Young Finnegan (11-12) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl hvy in May.
Tradman (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway into 5th 5f out, ridden and weakened 4f out, tailed off, 11th of 17, well behind De Glebe Star (11-7) at Roscommon 2m 4f N H flat sft in May.
Hold The Fire (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Waited with, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 11th of 20, 21l behind Ms Bliss (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gs in Aug.
Lady Renata (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Pushed along early to chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 2nd 2f out, under pressure in 5th 1 1/2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 11, 23l behind Vasoni (8-13) at Limerick 7f hcp 47-65 sft in Apr (flat).
Benfit Way (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Led, not fluent 1st, soon clear, jumped right 2nd and 3rd, headed 4th, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by Deise Dynamo (10-11) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Oct, 8 ran.
Charlotte Star (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Alw pr & ld, hdd aftr 2out, sn wknd to rr, pu last, in a race won by Dranagold (10-11) at Largy 3m ire ptp sft in Apr, 12 ran.