XPECTATIONS attracted good support on her debut at Fairyhouse and found only the odds-on Marinero too strong. That was a very good effort and she can go one better. Pace And Passion showed the benefit of her opening run with a much improved effort at Roscommon where she found only Barnahash Rose too good. She should improve again while Thats Nice has been getting closer and wasn't headed until close home over 2m4f at Roscommon. Sheamus could provide the main threat as he made an excellent debut behind Alton Bay at Ballinrobe and the winner has since gained a facile victory over timber. Captain Carleton didn't enjoy soft ground last time and is better judged on his earlier run over hurdles.
Bay Sly (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, lost place halfway, dropped towards rear approaching straight, soon no extra, 9th of 12, 26l behind Drunken Counsel (11-13) at Clonmel 2m NH flat hvy in Feb.
Captain Carleton (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Held up in touch in rear, ridden in moderate 6th 3f out, went 4th 1f out, no extra, 4th of 10, 8l behind Myles Ahead (11-9) at Wexford 2m 2f NH flat.
Rock Lodge (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, soon chased leaders, under pressure before halfway, no extra and eased 6f out, pulled up straight, in a race won by Macbride (11-7) at Cork 2m 3f NH flat gd, 10 ran.
Sheamus (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Held up early, closer in 6th halfway, close up in 4th 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed entering straight, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Alton Bay (12-0) at Ballinrobe 2m NH flat gd in Jun.
Shouband (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Soon mid-division, 7th into straight, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 8th of 17, 22l behind Daring Carlotta (11-7) at Clonmel 2m NH flat gf in Jun.
Thats Nice (IRE) 7-2fav (11-7) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden before straight, stayed on into 3rd 2f out, led narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 1 3/4l behind Pack The Punch (11-0) at Roscommon 2m 4f NH flat gf.
Rupert Wells (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Portobello Girl.
Belle Indigo (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Slightly impeded start, held up, soon mid-division, closer in 6th 4f out, no extra and kept on one pace from 2f out, 9th of 17, 21l behind New Kid In Town (12-0) at Roscommon 2m NH flat in Jun.
Pace And Passion (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ran freely early, 3rd halfway, improved to dispute 4f out, ridden entering straight, led under 2f out, kept on well under pressure, strongly pressed inside final furlong and disputed, headed close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Barnahash Rose (11-6) at Roscommon 2m mares n h flat gf.
Xpectations (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd 5f out, challenged 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd near line, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Marinero (12-0) at Fairyhouse 2m NH flat gf in May.
Collen Beag (IRE) Mountain High filly out of Well Water.