Ponmeword has rarely encountered ground as fast as this and looks worth opposing with his big weight. Mount Sion showed that these conditions hold no fears with a battling success at Downpatrick but this is much tougher and Chrisdonlady, who was clear when falling at the eighth in that event, may reverse the form. ROSSA PARKS has been running well enough from this sort of mark to earn the vote in a race where there are question marks about many of her rivals.
Ponmeword (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Waited with, closer order 4 out, 4th approaching straight, 3rd and no extra from before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 28l behind Dazzlers Day (11-0) at Limerick 3m hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Mar.
Mount Sion (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Soon chased leader in 2nd, left in front 8th, strongly pressed and joined approaching 2 out, in front again last, stayed on well run-in, just holding on at the finish, won at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-102 gf in Jun beating Emperor Concerto (11-10) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Kilbane River (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Led, headed 7th, on terms 8th, ridden in 2nd 7 out, 3rd after 3 out, no extra into straight, 7th of 15, 33l behind Hillman (11-4) at Limerick 3m hcp chs 0-109 sft in May.
One Fine Morning 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, 8th early, no extra from before straight, pulled up before last, in a race won by Wrong Turn (10-5) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 sft in May, 12 ran.
Chrisdonlady (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Soon led and clear, fell 8th, in a race won by Mount Sion (11-2) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-102 gf in Jun, 9 ran.
Rossa Parks (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, closed to chase leaders before 3 out, soon moderate 4th, moderate 3rd 2 out, soon no impression, kept on, 3rd of 16, 6l behind The Lady Granuaile (11-7) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs gf.
Lamb's Cross 16-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 6th approaching 4 out, soon no extra and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Mackey Boy (10-7) at Listowel 2m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (5yo+) hvy in Sep, 12 ran.
Saigheada Beaga (IRE) 7-2fav (11-7) Ed, headed after 3rd and dropped to 6th before halfway, no threat from 3 out, weakened, 7th of 16, 29l behind Breffni Gael (10-6) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 gd in May.
War Of Words (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Chased leaders early, niggled along circuit to go, mistake 6 out, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Sarah Battle (10-4) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-95 in May, 17 ran.
Tomcoole Lad (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Always prominent, ridden in 2nd after 3 out, no impression in 3rd and kept on same pace from next, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Drumlister (10-11) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 gf in Jun '12.
Pat Garrett (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, tailed off, 6th of 14, well behind Chase The Favorite (11-5) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f beg chase in Jul '12.
Arkmore Vallee (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Towards rear, some headway after 3 out and 8th next, no impression before last and kept on one pace, 8th of 16, 10l behind Revolutionary Road (10-13) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd in May.
Like The Da (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 11th of 18, 20l behind Island Peak (10-10) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 gf in Sep.
Oscar Leney (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, in touch 13th, chased leaders 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression from next, 5th of 12, 30l behind Almond Court (9-12) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Jun.
Golden Barrell (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Tracked leader in 2nd until led after 3rd, mistake 8th and soon headed, ridden along and weakened quickly after 4 out, completely tailed off, last of 7, well behind Benemeade (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 4f nh nov hdl gf.
Rathmoyle House (IRE) 9-2 (10-2) Held up in 6th, headway to track leaders 9th, pushed along and no extra approaching 2 out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Malin Bay (11-12) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.