A stronger beginners' chase than usual but HIS EXCELLENCY can make a winning debut over fences. It's rare for Gordon Elliott to send a four-year-old chasing but the Grade 2 winning hurdler should do well in this sphere and his overall class can see him home. Big Generator is a half-brother to a couple of useful jumpers and what he's achieved over hurdles has been a bonus so he looks certain to go well as does Meritorius, who has the benefit of experience over the bigger obstacles and was only just touched off in this last year. Caolaneoin, Double Seven and Catleen are all decent hurdlers turning their attentions to fences and any one of them could prove very useful.
Analyse That (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Prominent, ridden in 2nd approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Casa Jove (11-12) at Tramore 2m nh nov hdl sft in Dec.
Big Generator 7-2 (11-4) Made virtually all, jumped slightly left at times, not fluent 5 out, strongly pressed and almost joined approaching last, stayed on best under pressure run-in to assert, won at Wexford 2m mdn hdl gf in Apr beating Ontheground (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Caolaneoin (IRE) 11-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, improved to lead from 3 out, joined from before straight, headed approaching last, soon no extra, kept on same pace, 4th of 18, 16l behind Drive Time (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Cass Bligh (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden into 5th entering straight, stayed on to moderate 3rd last, no impression leaders, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 8l behind Vast Consumption (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl gs in Apr.
Clara More (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Prominent, 3rd 4 out, slight mistake next, soon no impression in 5th, kept on under pressure without threatening, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Character Actor (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase gd in Apr.
Darwins Fox (FR) 14-1 (11-10) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra entering straight, weakened, 11th of 16, 41l behind Vast Consumption (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl gs in Apr.
Double Seven (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 10th of 16, 32l behind Vast Consumption (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl gs in Apr.
Meritorious (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, struggling in 3rd from before 2 out, left 2nd and kept on without getting to winner run-in, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Big Dano (11-12) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in May '11.
Micks (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Mid-division best, no extra from 4 out, completely tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Corskeagh Royale (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f beg chase gd.
The Bull Hayes (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Prominent, lost place from 3 out, soon no extra, 16th of 18, well behind Drive Time (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Absolutlyfantastic 28-1 (11-4) Led to 2nd, regained lead before 5th, headed 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 12, 32l behind Darlan (11-4) at Aintree 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Thomond Park (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Slight mistake 4th, never better than mid-division, 7th of 13, 18l behind Gimli's Rock (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs.
Total Reality (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 7th halfway, 6th 2 out, no impression on winner from before last, kept on one pace, 5th of 17, 9l behind Satu (10-13) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd in Apr.
Catleen (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Soon mid-division, 8th approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace without threatening, 5th of 18, 17l behind Drive Time (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
His Excellency (IRE) 6-4fav (11-4) Waited with, swished tail, ridden in 4th approaching 2 out, closed approaching last where slight mistake, stayed on well under pressure closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 6, nk behind Local Celebrity (11-12) at Sligo 2m hdl gd.
Theroadtocroker (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd before straight, soon no impression, pulled up before last, dismounted, lost action, in a race won by Gimli's Rock (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs, 13 ran.
Killtilane Rose (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd after 4 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace approaching last, 4th of 24, 9l behind What An Flyer (11-7) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl in Apr.
According To Lizzy (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, disputed lead from 5 out, ridden and headed before 3 out, no impression from next, 6th of 19, 12l behind Cnoc Seoda (10-12) at Cork 3m Amateur Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) gd in Apr.