MOSSEY JOE and Warne are comfortably the form picks and there doesn't appear much point in opposing them. The former has never quite justified the early hype but he's more than useful in this sphere and will have found 2m4f just too short when beating a much better field than this at Cork last month. Warne beat the classy Tammys Hill at Fairyhouse before an excellent run in the Fox Hunters at Aintree and will prove a formidable opponent. Railway Storm wasn't too far behind Warne at Listowel last summer and looks set to battle it out for a place with Universal Truth.
Mossey Joe (IRE) 8-13fav (11-7) Soon led and disputed and clear of remainder, ridden before straight, headed between last 2, stayed on best run-in to edge ahead again closing stages, won at Cork 2m 4f hts chs in Apr beating Festive Affair (10-7) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Warne (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Led, headed before 3rd(Water), chased leaders, led before 12th (Canal Turn), headed 13th, mistake 15th, ridden and kept on from 2 out, 4th of 24, 6l behind Tartan Snow (12-0) at Aintree 2m 5f hts chs (2) gd in Apr.
Adams Wood (IRE) 28-1 (10-13) Led from 2nd, headed 8th, weakened to rear from 11th, left moderate 4th 5 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tammys Hill (11-9) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hts chs in Apr, 5 ran.
Railway Storm (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Cl up, 5th 1/2way & 4th 5out, disp brfly bef 3out until 4th & btn aftr 3out, wknd, 5th of 11, 18l behind Final Gift (12-0) at Killeagh 3m ire ptp sft in Jan.
Royal Chukka (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Ww, some late prog, not get on terms ko, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Kanesh (12-0) at Castletown-Geoghegan 3m ire ptp in Apr.
Some Present (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Pr early, mstk 9th& lst pl, prog 2out, kow, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Strongpoint (12-0) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.
Tullymackan (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Mid div,prog to chal in 2nd 2out, ld & quckn clr bef last, progessive, won at Laurencetown 3m ire ptp sft beating Backstage (10-11) by 8l, 10 ran.
Universal Truth (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Soon well off the pace in mid-division, went poor 3rd 3 out, soon no impression, kept on, 4th of 10, 16l behind Mossey Joe (11-7) at Cork 2m 4f hts chs in Apr.
Whitty's Choice (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Mostly last, b mstk 5out & to aftr 4out, last of 5, 22l behind Preists Leap (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp in Apr.
Chrisdonlady (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) (poor visibility in back straight) tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th approaching 2 out and soon no extra, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 27l behind Final Gift (11-4) at Tramore 2m 6f hts chs in Apr.
Bob West (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Mid div best, 8th 6out, cl en 6th aftr 4out, wknd 3out, 6th of 17, well behind Killdunne (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Apr.
Cork Citizen 6-1 (12-0) Mid div, 6th 1/2way & prog in 3rd 6out, cl 3rd 3out, no ex from bef 2out, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Dr Patmassini (11-4) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd.
So Swank (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Impeded 1st, always towards rear, no danger from 6 out, 6th of 9, 47l behind Carmels Boy (10-11) at Down Royal 2m 7f hnt chs gd.