NOBLE EMPEROR made a huge impression on his bumper debut at Navan where he easily outpointed the well-supported Virtuoso Rouge with the remainder well beaten. Tony Martin's charge has all the credentials to make a very useful hurdler, beginning here. Stolberg has some decent form to his credit but had a barren spell until showing signs of a return over the minimum trip here last month. Lord Of Lords won a bumper at Navan on his debut two years ago by 23 lengths and showed plenty of promise on his hurdling debut later that year. He didn't reappear until last November where he started odds-on but was well beaten so clearly has his problems. He Rock's has been chasing and makes his debut over timber.
Avidius Cassius (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leader, mistake 3rd, 3rd halfway, ridden and weakened 3 out, 11th of 17, well behind Mister Nibbles (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Ballyadam Oscar (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, 14th 3 out, kept on one pace in straight, 7th of 20, well behind Upstager (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar.
Classic Jewel (IRE) 10-1 (12-2) Chsd ldrs until 6th 6out, cl 3rd aftr 4out until cl en 4th bef 2out, wknd 2out, 5th of 11, 5l behind Valentino's Choice (12-2) at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp gd in Dec.
Dellaheena Lad (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Brd 2nd, in a race won by Local Show (12-2) at Horse And Jockey 3m ire ptp sft in Mar, 10 ran.
Drumacoo (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Mid-division, ridden and no impression before 2 out, 12th of 17, well behind Mister Nibbles (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
He Rock's (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, slight mistake 8th, ridden 3 out, no extra before 2 out, 6th of 9, 30l behind Touch The Eden (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f beg chase in Mar.
Lord Of Lords (IRE) 4-5fav (11-12) Prominent, led from 3rd, headed approaching 2 out, no extra,, 7th of 15, 27l behind Oscar Chimes (10-11) at Thurles 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Nov.
Lunch Master (IRE) Acambaro gelding out of Fleet Dreams.
Noble Emperor (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division early, 5th halfway, progress into 3rd 6f out, 2nd 4f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to challenge 1f out, soon led, kept on well closing stages, won at Navan 2m N H flat sft in Mar beating Virtuoso Rouge (12-0) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Rock Gone (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, moderate 13th before 6 out, some headway when not fluent 4 out, no impression from before straight, 9th of 23, 35l behind Sonny B (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Royal Vic (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Held up, moderate 13th before halfway, no danger from after 6 out, 15th of 19, well behind Real Steel (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Stolberg (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Soon chased leaders, closer order in 4th after 3 out, went 2nd next, no impression approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Master Oscar (11-12) at Limerick 2m 4yo mdn stks hvy in Mar.
Top Man Tim (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 6th of 16, 20l behind Desertmore Stream (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Trust No One (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Raced in 4th, dropped to 5th from 6f out, ridden along over 4f out, soon no impression, 4th approaching straight, went distant 3rd and kept on same pace from 2f out, 3rd of 6, 32l behind Milsean (12-0) at Limerick 2m 3f N H flat hvy in Mar.
Found It (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, good headway to be prominent 4 out, 2nd approaching straight, no impression from before 2 out, 7th of 23, 26l behind Sonny B (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Green Diesel (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 4 out, weakened and tailed off, 13th of 17, well behind Prince Of Lombardy (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Megan's Vic (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, weakened, 16th of 20, well behind Notable Graduate (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl in Aug.