Winning bumper and hurdler Passage Vendome was expected to make a winning debut over fences at Tramore a couple of weeks ago despite an absence since October but he weakened quickly and pulled up after looking to have every chance. There could have been something amiss so it would be no surprise to see him bounce back. He had Nearest The Pin behind over hurdles at Bellewstown in August but, though the latter has been running well against stiff opposition over fences, he's difficult to win with. STEPS TO FREEDOM was in front of him when they finished behind Sizing Italy here last month and Jessica Harrington's charge has since run very well on the Flat and over hurdles. His overall form gives him the edge and he will love the fast conditions. Saint Gervais won two bumpers and the same number over timber though he may need further than this over the bigger obstacles.
Between Me And You (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Led after 2nd, headed 8th, weakened 4 out, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Sizing Symphony (11-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs gf in Jul, 11 ran.
Blue Vic (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no extra after 3 out, weakened, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Abolitionist (11-7) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jul, 14 ran.
Greenbelt Star 25-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, 6th and ridden after 3 out, no impression from next, mid-division when hampered and unseated rider at last, in a race won by Kalellshan (11-5) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul '12, 20 ran.
Nearest The Pin (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Always prominent, led from 4th, ridden 3 out, ridden and strongly pressed from last, headed entering straight, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Darwins Fox (11-12) at Galway 2m 1f beg chs sft.
Passage Vendome (FR) 13-8fav (11-12) Mid-division, progress into close 3rd 3 out, soon lost position on inner, eased and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Why But Why (11-6) at Tramore 2m beg chs gd, 13 ran.
Run With The Wind (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Towards rear and mistake 1st, soon rear of mid-division well off the pace, no extra 4 out, mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by Esporao (11-12) at Clonmel 2m beg chase in Jun, 14 ran.
Saint Gervais (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Soon mid-division, closer in 5th before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 5th of 15, 13l behind Black Benny (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs gf.
Sonic Beat (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway and left 5th 5 out, mistake 3 out and weakened, 7th of 10, 36l behind Ancient Days (11-12) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chs gd.
Steps To Freedom (IRE) 2-1fav (11-9) Held up towards rear early, 5th halfway, headway into 4th 3 out, pushed along into 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Silk Hall (11-0) at Tipperary 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Ted Dolly (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Waited with, moderate 9th before 2 out, ridden into 5th last, kept on without threatening, 3rd of 20, 7l behind Aladdins Cave (10-13) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul.
Choisir Fin (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dale Street (11-12) at Limerick 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Jul, 18 ran.
Love Rory (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Soon tracked leaders, 8th before 3 out, soon no extra, tailed off, 7th of 15, 44l behind Sizing Australia (11-12) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Apr.
Musawama (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Off pace in last, 12th 4 out, good headway after next, ridden in 4th 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 4th of 13, 15l behind Why But Why (11-6) at Tramore 2m beg chs gd.
Old Pride (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, dropped behind 4 out, kept on without threatening, 6th of 13, 37l behind Why But Why (11-6) at Tramore 2m beg chs gd.
Thegondolier (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Prominent, dropped to 5th after 3 out, no impression from before next, kept on, 3rd of 9, 9l behind King High (10-10) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl gd.
Rockshandy (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders and led 3rd, headed before halfway where 4th and no extra after 4 out, weakened, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Green Thirty Two (10-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gf.