Res Ipsa Loquitur had gone close a couple of times in handicaps so it was no surprise when she landed a maiden at Ballinrobe on Monday. She's penalised for this but Andy Ring's claim takes care of the extra. ISLAND VILLA finished runner-up in a maiden on the same card and Denis Hogan's charge has returned to the kind of form that saw him finish close-up in a similar handicap at Thurles in November. With his yard going well he's taken to go one better. Supreme Vic is another returning to the fray after a short break having been narrowly beaten by Curragh Golan in a Ballinrobe handicap on Tuesday though that was on ground with plenty of give. Pleased As Punch has bits and pieces of form that put him in the picture though she's still a maiden after 15 starts while The Gnathologist and Chinook Run are at the bottom of the handicap though neither win very often.
Res Ipsa Loquitur (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, closer in 2nd 3 out, improved to lead after 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on well from last, won at Ballinrobe 2m 1f mdn hdl beating Silverpockets (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Ionisphere 25-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, reminder 2nd, lost place and no impression 2 out, kept on same pace, 9th of 18, 16l behind Invincible Don (11-6) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Sep.
Benefitthewest (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Rear of mid-division, progress into 5th approaching 2 out where bad mistake, 8th on outer entering straight, no danger, 8th of 15, 18l behind The Two Jays (10-11) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Knox's Bridge (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Soon mid-division, 5th from 4 out, 3rd 3 out, challenged 2 out where jumped right and not fluent, no impression when jumped right and one pace from last, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Portrade (11-11) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd.
Native Son (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden along in 6th before 2 out, soon no extra and weakened after last, last of 8, 29l behind Sang Tiger (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gf.
Vasco Des Bieffes (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Always behind, weakened from 5 out, never a factor, 13th of 15, well behind Ronava (10-11) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-95.
Chief Of Panama (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression halfway, weakened and tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Routes Delight (10-12) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Island Villa (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, ridden from next, improved to dispute lead before last, not fluent at last, soon headed, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Steel King (10-13) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f 5yo mdn hdl.
Pleased As Punch (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Soon towards rear, took keen hold, closer in 10th into straight, ridden to chase leaders 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 3rd of 17, 4l behind Maya Quest (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Supreme Vic (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear early, mid-division halfway, progress into 4th before 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon disputed, ridden in close 2nd approaching last, kept on run-in, just held close home, 2nd of 16, nk behind Curragh Golan (11-8) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Drive The Bus (IRE) 11-4fav (11-2) Chased leaders, jumped left 5th, close 3rd halfway, improved to lead before 5 out, ridden and headed 4 out, no extra before 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Routes Delight (10-12) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
The Fitz Lady (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Rear of mid-division, progress into 8th after 4 out, ridden in 5th next, kept on without threatening to go 3rd run-in, 3rd of 17, 10l behind Sizing Solution (11-9) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 gd.
Explosive Issues (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Prominent, closer order before 6 out, on terms from 5 out, jumped left and headed next, soon 2nd, 3rd before straight, soon ridden, dropped to 5th 3 out, no impression, 6th of 13, 26l behind Portrade (11-11) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd.
The Bishops Niece (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders, 8th before straight, soon no extra, 8th of 18, 36l behind Ask Vic (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Itsonthelist (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Soon prominent, not fluent 5th, got a slight bump 4 out, soon 4th, no impression and kept on same pace from after 2 out, 4th of 18, 12l behind Imperial Breeze (10-11) at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 80-95 in Jun.
Lady Geronimo (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Ran freely and chased leader, slight mistake 3rd, disputed 6th, ridden and weakened 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Diamondgeezer Luke (11-6) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf, 16 ran.
Chinook Run (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Led, extended lead to 6 lengths 4 out, pushed along and headed next, dropped to 4th 2 out, no extra, weakened, 4th of 11, well behind Swantykay (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
The Gnathologist (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden to challenge 3 out, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 17, 3l behind He Is Top Class (10-9) at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Cheyenne Girl (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, weakened from 4 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Another Challenge (11-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec, 18 ran.
Hard Fought (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Led, clear from 5th, strongly pressed after 2 out, ridden and headed after last, no impression from 1 1/2f out, 5th of 16, 13l behind Beach Of Falesa (11-7) at Wexford 2m 2f mares mdn hdl.
Busted Case (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, towards rear and slight mistake 5 out, soon ridden, no impression next, 7th of 9, 39l behind The Parishioner (11-4) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 5yo mdn hdl gf.