Aminabad was conceding 10lb when 3l fourth behind OFF THE MARK at Leopardstown and there shouldn't be much between them though the winner appeared to have a bit in hand and can confirm the form and remain unbeaten. Rockingham Bay, who finished a close third, had earlier been almost 5l behind Aminabad on the same track and the form looks strong. What Lies Ahead was narrowly beaten in that latter event and has since gone one better at Punchestown so rates a serious threat. Red House Hill scored at Down Royal last month and his next race may have come too soon as he was beaten a long way at Naas a couple of weeks later. West Montan looks best of the remainder with experience though there are some interesting newcomers engaged.
Aminabad (FR) 8-11fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden in 3rd on outer 2f out, no impression on leaders 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Off The Mark (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft.
Off The Mark (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Held up behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, headway into 2nd 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, won at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft beating Never Never (11-5) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Red House Hill (IRE) 6-1 (10-4) Prominent, 2nd from 7f out, dropped to last 2f out, no extra, last of 5, 38l behind Killultagh Vic (11-10) at Naas 2m N H flat in Feb.
After Aspen (IRE) Mountain High gelding out of None The Wiser.
Disputed (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Mid-div, 4th 1/2way, sn wknd pu 3out, in a race won by Childrens List (11-9) at Belharbour 2m ire ptp sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Gimli's Voyage (IRE) Stowaway gelding out of Rathturtin Brief.
Rockingham Bay (USA) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Off The Mark (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft.
Sizing John Midnight Legend gelding out of La Perrotine.
The Tractor Man (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Sadie's Pet.
Tongie (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Montagues Lady.
What Lies Ahead (IRE) 4-5fav (10-11) Made all, ridden and challenged 2f out, asserted 1 1/2f out, kept on well under pressure from over 1f out, won at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Feb beating Flight Plan (11-2) by 2l, 6 ran.
Aunt Alice (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Led early, soon disputed lead, headed after 5f, close 2nd until lost place from 4f out, no extra from before straight, 5th of 6, 33l behind Poker School (11-7) at Limerick 2m 4yo nhf hvy.
Travel Ogue (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Mid-div, closer order 4out, quickened with ldr 3out, ld & disp str, hdd and no extra run-in, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Whistle Dixie (11-9) at Lemonfield 3m ire ptp hvy.
West Montan (IRE) 9-1 (10-2) Held up, 8th into straight, improved into 4th 1 1/2f out, challenged and almost on terms briefly 1f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 7l behind Twentytwo's Taken (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Feb.