Top Madam had little to do at Bellewstown last week but sets the standard here with her quick jumping and high cruising speed. Now This Is It can't get his head in front and deserves a bit of respite from the handicapper but King High is in excellent shape and even an 8lb rise for an easy victory at Tramore shouldn't prevent another big run. TRIBES AND BANNER had Anoosou 2l behind when successful here last month and, as Adrian Heskin is unlikely to make the weight on the runner-up, Charlie Swan's charge can confirm the form and go in again, especially after another fine effort over fences during the week. The Boat People has been consistent over hurdles and fences so must be considered with his low weight but Enchanted Forest, despite some smart form earlier this year, is still a maiden after 32 career starts.
Top Madam (IRE) 2-5fav (11-1) Made all, pushed out to assert before 2 out, clear run-in, easily, won at Bellewstown 2m 1f hdl gd beating Kathleen Frances (10-4) by 9l, 4 ran.
Now This Is It (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) In touch, headway to lead 3rd, headed approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Sea Lord (11-10) at Perth 2m ltd hcp hdl (2) gd.
Ballyadam Brook (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Held up in rear early but took keen hold and soon 2nd, dropped to 4th 5 out, ridden and no impression from 3 out, 4th of 6, 9l behind Sweeney Tunes (11-5) at Naas 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) in Feb.
Tribes And Banner (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Took keen hold and soon tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to dispute lead after 3 out, led after last, kept on well run-in, headed close home, 2nd of 8, hd behind Pires (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f chs gd.
Enchanted Forest (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, headway approaching 2 out and soon went 2nd, no impression on winner in straight and kept on one pace under pressure run-in, 2nd of 14, 12l behind Blackmail (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul.
King High (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Always close up, on terms circuit to go, soon led, clear from before 2 out, stayed on well, won at Tramore 2m hcp hdl gd beating Days Ahead (11-5) by 8l, 9 ran.
Mister Hotelier (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders on inner, 3rd 3 out and 2nd approaching next, soon no chance with easy winner and weakened entering straight, 12th of 19, well behind Pyrus Gold Wind (10-13) at Galway 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jul.
Six Stone Ned (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Mid-division and 10th halfway, headway into 4th 2 out, soon ridden and no impression on easy winner, dropped to moderate 6th before last and no extra, 6th of 19, 25l behind Pyrus Gold Wind (10-13) at Galway 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jul.
The Boat People (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders, close up 3 out, ridden in 2nd before 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Why But Why (11-6) at Tramore 2m beg chs gd.
Battling Boru (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd before 4 out, ridden in 4th after 3 out, no extra, weakened straight, 6th of 10, well behind Foildubh (11-8) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl hvy in Oct.
Questions Answered (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Settled behind leaders early, 12th halfway, ridden and no extra after 4 out, 16th of 25, 34l behind Beau Michael (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (95-123) (4yo+) sft in Apr.
Anoosou (FR) 8-1 (9-12) Waited with towards rear, 7th before straight, improved into 2nd and in pursuit of winner from before last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Tribes And Banner (10-10) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gf in Jul.