Shark Hanlon wastes no time in bringing out HARANGUE after his very impressive victory at Sligo on Sunday where he had so much in hand he was eased down on the run-in. He'll be heavily penalised for that so it makes sense to run with a 6lb penalty and a follow-up looks likely. Brian Who has to be a threat as his comfortable victory over Bondage at Bellewstown was given a boost when the runner-up went one better at that same Sligo meeting on Sunday. Our Girl Lucy lost her maiden tag over hurdles with a battling success over a big field at Cork on Friday and a penalty shouldn't prevent another big run while Sughera is fit from the Flat and looked a fair prospect last autumn with an easy victory in a Tramore maiden.
Shanrod (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division, 6th halfway, headway into 4th before 4 out, ridden 3 out, no extra in 5th entering straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 40l behind Blazing Beacon (10-13) at Naas 2m 3f hdl gf in Aug.
Sughera (IRE) 17-2 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway to go 6th 2 out, no impression in 5th befor last, no extra, 7th of 12, 13l behind Askthemaster (11-11) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Our Girl Lucy (IRE) 3-1fav (10-9) Made all, ridden from before 3 out, stayed on under pressure from next, all out, won at Cork 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 9-109 beating Lucky Pigeon (9-10) by 1 1/2l, 23 ran.
Two In A Row (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Soon mid-division, no danger and kept on same pace without threatening approaching straight, 6th of 23, 39l behind Trifolium (11-9) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Dec.
Brian Who (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway into 2nd 4 out, ridden to join leader when left clear 2 out, kept on well from before last, won at Bellewstown 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-102 sft beating Bondage (11-11) by 6l, 14 ran.
Serious Fun (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd 3 out, ridden in 6th before 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 27l behind Teak (10-9) at Downpatrick 2m 2f 4yo mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Born To Benefit (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd 2 out, ridden and no extra before last, 11th of 15, 44l behind Pink Goddess (11-1) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95.
Black Johnny (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden in 10th when mistake 3 out, 7th after next, hung under pressure in straight, no extra, 7th of 13, 27l behind Red Calima (11-4) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Milano Bay (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no threat from 3 out, 8th of 14, 20l behind Blaze Of Fire (11-3) at Wexford 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Harangue (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Made all, clear advantage after 5 out, slightly reduced 3 out, ridden to assert before 2 out, kept on strongly from before last, won at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd beating Red Seven (10-9) by 10l, 16 ran.
Slim To None (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Soon towards rear, pulled up before 6th, in a race won by See Double You (10-9) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-95 in Apr, 16 ran.
Clooney Eile (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Always behind, 21st of 23, well behind Our Girl Lucy (10-9) at Cork 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 9-109.
Macklycuddy (USA) 25-1 (9-10) Soon mid-division, progress from before 5 out, niggled along approaching next, no extra 3 out, mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Ardglen (9-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy in Sep, 11 ran.
Sir Ladyswell (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 16th of 24, well behind Casimir Road (11-2) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Apr.
Gurteen Lass (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mid div, 8th 6out & prog 5out, 6th when mstk 4out, prog bef 3out & ld bef last, so, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May beating Tell Me Lucy (12-0) by 2l, 19 ran.
The Rattler Obrien (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, no extra in 4th before last, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 14l behind Bondage (11-5) at Sligo 2m 4f cond hcp hdl (80-109) gd.