ACES AND KINGS has thrived since returning to quicker ground and a 7lb rise for an easy victory here last month doesn't look enough to prevent a hat-trick. Raajih won a beginners chase on quick ground here in August and has done well since with his latest effort in a very tough Punchestown handicap being a very strong performance. Baily Dusk pulled up in that latter race while Ballysteen comfortably landed a beginners event at Thurles in March before falling at the second last at Tramore where he looked held.
Rivage D'Or (FR) 40-1 (9-12) Mid-division, closer in 6th 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Chartreux (10-9) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-150, 14 ran.
Raajih 8-1 (10-2) In rear, headway from 6 out, 5th next, 4th 3 out, ridden in close 2nd when slight mistake 2 out, no impression on winner when not fluent at last, no extra run-in, 4th of 19, 5l behind Unoccupied (9-12) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-145.
Playtime Ben (IRE) 50-1 (10-3) Always rear, no impression 4 out, detached when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Operating (10-7) at Punchestown 2m 5f nov hcp chs, 14 ran.
Ballysteen (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Led and disputed, headed 5 out, ridden in 2nd after 3 out, looked held in 2nd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Notimetoserve (9-13) at Tramore 2m 6f in Apr, 14 ran.
Miradane 16-1 (10-13) Soon mid-division, 12th at 4th, progress to track leaders travelling smoothly from 4 out, no extra from after 2 out, 10th of 17, 30l behind Ghareer (11-0) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Apr.
Prince Of Milan (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden along before 5 out, 6th 3 out, no extra from next, 5th of 14, 9l behind Notimetoserve (9-13) at Tramore 2m 6f in Apr.
Aces And Kings (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Prominent, led 2nd, clear from 5th, slightly reduced lead 2 out, ridden approaching last where good jump and stayed on well run-in, won at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-109 gd in Apr beating Zardsky (11-12) by 8l, 8 ran.
Bouncing Betty (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Prominent and tracked leader in 2nd, led after 5th, pushed along and 2 lengths advantage approaching last, saddled slipped after last and headed, unseated rider 100 yards out, in a race won by Rodriguez (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f beg chase gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Classic Event (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Slowest away at first false start, rear of mid-division, ridden 4 out, soon no impression, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Hold Em Cowboy (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Jan, 15 ran.
Baily Dusk (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Prominent and led after 1st, headed briefly 8th, disputed again next, headed 11th and no extra after 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Usuel Smurfer (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 in Apr, 22 ran.
Cherryantor (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Prominent on outer, unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Unoccupied (9-12) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-145, 19 ran.