Pride Of The Artic isn't quite the forlorn hope his figures suggest as he looked very promising when completing a four-timer in 2012 and hasn't had much racing subsequently. He was behind Lambro in last year's Galway Plate and the latter looked in need of the run on his reappearance at Punchestown. Down In Neworleans also completed a four-timer in 2012 including a Grade 3. He didn't reappear until March where he was soon in trouble in a Grade 2 won by Bog Warrior at Navan and is best watched today. BAILY GREEN finished runner-up that day having previously fallen when in contention in the Champion Chase. He's since run well behind Sizing Europe in the Punchestown equivalent and he should be capable of beating Foildubh in receipt of 7lb though John Ryan's veteran can never be ruled out having won eight times in a long and successful career.
Foildubh (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, slight mistake 5 out, ridden 3 out, no impression in 7th 2 out, 5th last, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 11l behind Boston Bob (11-10) at Punchestown 3m 1f Grade 1 chs (1) in Apr.
Baily Green (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led from 3rd, headed and ridden after 3 out, no impression in 4th from 2 out, 4th of 8, 8l behind Sizing Europe (11-12) at Punchestown 2m chs G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Down In Neworleans (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Held up in last, moderate last halfway, went remote 3rd at 9th, no impression on leaders from 4 out, kept on one paced in moderate 3rd straight, 3rd of 4, 37l behind Bog Warrior (11-5) at Navan 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Mar.
Lambro (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden and no impression before 4 out, 12th entering straight, kept on one pace, 9th of 15, 17l behind Orpheus Valley (10-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs in Apr.
Pride Of The Artic (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders and 9th halfway, no extra after 3 out and weakened, tailed off, 17th of 22, well behind Carlingford Lough (10-7) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs sft in Jul.