Lean Times bounced back to form from a couple of poor runs with a fine effort behind Face Facts at Cork while Free To Dream handles testing ground very well as he showed at Ballinrobe. Cnoc Na Sioga was only just over a length behind the in-form Caim Hill at Bellewstown and looks a threat to PRIMROSEANDBLUE, who has really taken to hurdling as he proved in beating Audrelles Lad at Wexford and has shown he handles testing conditions in the past.
Primroseandblue (IRE) Evensfav (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, headway to dispute 2 out, travelling best to lead before last, pushed out run-in and kept on well, won at Wexford 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd in Jun beating Audrelles Lad (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Cnoc Na Sioga (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Keen hold and soon settled towards rear, progress into moderate 3rd from before 2 out, ridden to close and held a chance run-in, no extra and kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Caim Hill (10-13) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl.
Free To Dream (IRE) 11-10fav (11-4) Mid-division, dropped towards rear 5 out, headway in 6th 2 out, ridden into 2nd after 2 out, challenged home bend, narrow lead last, kept on well run-in, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl beating Monterrey (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Lean Times (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Chased leader in moderate 2nd, dropped to 5th 5 out, ridden after 4 out, 6th 3 out, left moderate 3rd 2 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Face Facts (11-2) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens16.
Fairy Court (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Led, headed 4f out, ridden in 6th 3f out, no extra and weakened, 7th of 11, 42l behind Pique Sous (12-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f N H flat sft in Jul.
Zest For Life (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 8th of 10, well behind Tarla (10-7) at Roscommon 2m 4f hdl.
Small Is Beautiful (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th approaching last, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 34l behind Moveable Asset (11-2) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl hvy.