The smart hurdler Mourad won twice on the Flat in his younger days. He's rated much higher over jumps than the likes of recent chase winner Pass The Hat and hurdles winner Fire Fighter. Gusty Rocky won a bumper before going in again at Tramore last time, but MARCHESE MARCONI should have enough to come out best having gone close under today's jockey at Listowel earlier this month.
Gusty Rocky (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Mid-division, progress on outer to go 2nd under 2f out, led 1f out and kept on under pressure final 100 yards, just held on, won at Tramore 1m 6f ladies mdn stks gd in May beating Sizing Italy (10-11) by ns, 13 ran.
Marchese Marconi (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, disputed 2nd after 4f, bit short of room and jinked in 3rd approaching straight, ridden over 1f out, kept on to press winner close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Mm Dazzler (10-7) at Listowel 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) gd.
Fire Fighter (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along in 7th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 12l behind Hisaabaat (9-10) at Limerick 1m 3f hcp 50-80 hvy in Apr.
Gocheck (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Held up, improved into 2nd halfway, pushed along over 3f out, dropped to 4th 2f out, weakened and eased straight, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Madam Mo (8-11) at Sligo 1m 4f mdn stks in May.
Mourad (IRE) Evensfav (9-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd 4f out, led early straight, strongly pressed 1f out, headed 150 yards from finish, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 14, nk behind Funatfuntasia (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol in Nov '09.
Pass The Hat 11-2 (10-4) Chased leaders, mistake 2nd, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 4 out, kept on under pressure, 3rd before last, no impression on leaders run-in, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Orpheus Valley (10-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs in Apr.