It was hardly surprising that Champagne Agent was sent off a long odds-on favourite at Leopardstown after a very promising debut behind Star Neuville there earlier. However, he disappointed after attempting to make all and less forcing tactics are likely to be employed here. SALUTING, who finished just in front of Willie Mullins charge in that second Leopardstown race, is entitled to have gained the most benefit and can land this for Jessica Harrington. Andunowhat was well beaten when runner-up to Whatwillwecallher at Limerick and Ample Appeal was a disappointment when strongly fancied at Thurles in January.
Ample Appeal (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, 4th under pressure entering straight, moderate 3rd 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Black Benny (11-9) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Jan.
Champagne Agent (IRE) 2-5fav (11-13) Led, set steady pace, joined entering straight, ridden and headed 1f out, one pace, 5th of 9, 5l behind Caolaneoin (11-6) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat hvy in Feb.
Oscar Wise (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 8th and no extra over 3f out, weakened and tailed off, last of 9, well behind Vesper Bell (11-13) at Fairyhouse 2m NH flat hvy in Feb.
Pride Of The Artic (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Alw pr & ld, 3rd 6out, ld final cct, kow, won at Limavady 3m ire ptp gd in Oct beating Mo Chapall Glas (12-0) by 8l, 10 ran.
Refrain Celtique (FR) 50-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, no impression in 7th entering straight, kept on one pace from 2 out, 6th of 22, 12l behind Johnny McGeeney (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Saluting (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Keen early, settled 2nd, close up entering straight, soon challenged, no impression final furlong, one pace, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Caolaneoin (11-6) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat hvy in Feb.
Shanlar 50-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 5th after halfway, no extra from 4f out, 9th of 13, 30l behind Reizovic (11-7) at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Feb.
Shrapnel (IRE) 4-5fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th and no impression 3f out, no extra straight, 7th of 8, 39l behind Mart Lane (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat sft in Jan.
Sir Gallant (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, progress into 5th 4f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, kept on without threatening winner in 2nd final furlong, 2nd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Lucy Stone (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f N H flat hvy in Sep '09.
The Night Manager (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight, 3rd and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 43l behind He's A Delight (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 1f N H flat hvy in Feb.
The Scowrogue (IRE) 50-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway in moderate 8th 4f out, ridden in 6th 3f out, kept on one pace in 5th 2f out, moderate 3rd 1f out, no impression leaders, 3rd of 14, 33l behind He's A Delight (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 1f N H flat hvy in Feb.
Andunowhat (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Soon tracked leaders, moderate 4th under 4f out, chased leaders but no impression under pressure before straight, kept on same pace without threatening, 2nd of 18, 18l behind Whatwillwecallher (11-2) at Limerick 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Jan.