BAND OF BLOOD appeared to find 3m stretching his stamina in a Grade 3 at Cork and this trip should prove his optimum. He should again take care of Zabana on their run at Limerick in May and gets the vote though the latter improved subsequently and has had a break. The Mighty Milan makes his handicap debut but had no answer to Indian File at Limerick last month while Nearly Nama'D looks a few pounds high in the weights. Your Busy has been going well over fences and isn't without a chance on an 11lb lower mark over hurdles. Gentleman Duke has a similar profile but King Of The Refs is still a maiden under Rules after 23 starts and Bothair Ceil was lucky to win at Thurles.
Band Of Blood (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Soon tracked leaders, improved to be on terms before straight, headed run-in and kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind The Job Is Right (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Empire Of Dirt (IRE) 11-2fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, progress to lead briefly after 7th, 2nd 3 out, lost place before next and no extra in straight, weakened, 12th of 21, 47l behind Courage (10-1) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Nearly Nama'd (IRE) 13-2 (10-2) Led, ridden after 3 out, headed after next, 2nd at last, weakened run-in, 6th of 16, 12l behind Vics Canvas (10-5) at Navan 2m 7f in Nov.
The Mighty Milan (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, progress into 3rd after 3 out, ridden into 2nd before 2 out, soon no impression winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 17l behind Indian File (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Araku Valley (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Towards rear, 7th halfway, close 6th 2 out but ridden and no impression last, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 11l behind Dysios (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hdl sft in Dec.
Mister Hotelier (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Towards rear, no impression from 2 out, 10th of 16, 14l behind Jennies Jewel (10-11) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl in Dec.
King Of Firth (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Led on outer, joined from 4th, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, well behind Gilgamboa (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Dec.
Zabana (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Prominent at ordinary pace, slight mistake 4th, closer order after 3 out, no extra from next, 10th of 13, well behind Diplomat (11-4) at Galway 2m 4yo nov hdl gd in Jul.
Your Busy (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Soon close up, 2nd 6 out, lost place and no extra from 3 out, 16th of 28, well behind Rockyaboya (10-3) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec.
Sammy Black (GER) 5-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders and 7th halfway, closer approaching 2 out, ridden and no impression in 7th entering straight, kept on one pace,, 8th of 13, 11l behind Sea Light (10-10) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Gentleman Duke (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Mid-division, 9th 3 out, ridden and no impression approaching straight, switched right before last and kept on one pace run-in,, 8th of 14, 10l behind King Vuvuzela (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Dec.
King Of The Refs (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Chased leaders, good jump into 3rd 7 out, no impression approaching straight, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 21l behind Whats Happening (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chase sft in May.
Bothair Clei (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 5th, progress to lead before 3 out, joined next and ridden, led early run-in and kept on under pressure, won at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy beating Pairc Na Leasa (10-1) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Kostar (FR) 50-1 (11-0) Soon chased leaders, 9th approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 7th of 24, 16l behind Gallant Oscar (10-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft.