Fort Smith had shown enough promise in bumpers to be sent off favourite on his debut over hurdles at Gowran in January but fluffed his lines and was well beaten. Winning point-to-pointer VEDETTARIAT didn't show much in his two opening bumpers but did much better on his latest start at Clonmel last month and with further progress likely can take this for the Mullins team. Patsio has done well enough behind useful winners to suggest he can do better but Moores Road, a winner between the flags at Dromahane, disappointed when fancied for a maiden hurdle at Clonmel.
Arctic Skipper (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Alw pr, cl up 3our, ld 2out, row, won at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gs in Oct beating Night Moon (11-9) by 5l, 10 ran.
Billbushay (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Oscareen.
Fort Smith (IRE) 5-2fav (11-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, slight mistake 4 out, ridden in 9th next, no impression and kept on one pace, 7th of 20, 27l behind The Winkler (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Moores Road (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, some headway from 4 out, pushed along in moderate 4th before straight, no danger when not fluent 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 20l behind Claire Pet (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Patsio (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, keen hold, 4th over 2f out, ridden to chase winner final furlong, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Back To Bracka (11-7) at Galway 2m N H flat hvy in Oct.
Texas Tea (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, slight mistake 3rd, closer in 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Cracking Chap (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Twentysixsixisone (IRE) Lahib gelding out of Supreme Course.
Vedettariat (FR) 2-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 4th over 4f out, improved into 3rd travelling smoothly 2f out, under pressure over 1f out, kept on without reaching 1st 2 closing stages, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Lord Scoundrel (11-9) at Clonmel 2m N H flat in Mar.
Yardman (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Soon mid-division, 10th early, no extra straight, 15th of 20, well behind Mumbo Bay (12-0) at Cork 2m 3f N H flat gf in Aug.
Redhotandcool (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Sis, all in rr, pu 5out, in a race won by Thinklike A Shrink (11-11) at Ballinaboola 3m ire ptp sft in Jan, 11 ran.
For Pedro (IRE) Multiplex gelding out of Oak Court.