PHIL'S MAGIC made his debut over hurdles at Kilbeggan last month and ran so well that he's taken to go one better on this more testing ground. Dr Waluigi may not have been suited by heavy going at Limerick and is expected to do better as is Hasanour, who found the opposition too hot at Punchestown. There are plenty of newcomers to note, especially Emily Sinico, who is out of a mare who won three bumpers, and Kennady, a half-brother to a winning bumper.
Ben Again (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Roi Lou Lady.
Brother Bennett (FR) 10-3 (11-4) Prominent, disputed lead after 4f, headed halfway, ridden 4f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 17l behind Red House Hill (11-0) at Down Royal 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Feb.
Double Take (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Mid div, 6th aftr a mile, prog 4out & went 3rd aftr 3out, no impr on 1st 2, 3rd of 12, 20l behind Aqua Dude (11-9) at Ballyarthur 3m ire ptp gs in Apr.
Dr Waluigi (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Held up, mainly in 5th, improved to be almost on terms over 3f out, ridden in 3rd over 2f out, soon no impression, dropped to 4th closing stages, 4th of 6, 9l behind Poker School (11-7) at Limerick 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Mar.
Hasanour (USA) 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 4f out, 8th entering straight, weakened, 12th of 18, 44l behind Forgotten Rules (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gd in Apr.
Hedge Ffund (IRE) Papal Bull gelding out of Browne Envelope.
Hurricane Darwin (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Poetics Girl.
Kennady (IRE) Kalanisi gelding out of Zafilly.
Pedigree (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 4f out, never a factor, 17th of 18, well behind Forgotten Rules (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gd in Apr.
Phil's Magic (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Soon mid-division, jumped left 4th, moderate 6th 3 out, soon moderate 4th, chasing leaders when short of room briefly approaching 2 out where moderate 3rd, moderate 2nd at last, kept on without troubling winner run-in, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Macnicholson (10-13) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in Apr.
Red Spinner (IRE) Redback gelding out of Massalia.
Work Du Breteau (FR) Network gelding out of Salinka.
Emily Sinico (IRE) Flemensfirth filly out of Golden Odyssey.
Flammetta Milan filly out of Carry Me.
Gem Twist (IRE) Papal Bull filly out of Hasbaat.
Lady In Motion (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Mid-division, slightly hampered 4f out, soon ridden and no impression approaching straight, 17th of 25, 42l behind Morning Run (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 1f mares n h flat.
Tearaway Lass (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, no impression from 5f out, never a factor, 14th of 18, well behind Forgotten Rules (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gd in Apr.
Time For Champers (IRE) Robin Des Champs filly out of Someone Told Me.
Chatterton (IRE) Excellent Art gelding out of Elba.
Que Sera (IRE) Rakti gelding out of Mitsina.