CLONARD LAD was caught in the shadows of the post by the well-supported Apache Stronghold in what looked a much stronger than average maiden at Punchestown last month. He should have few problems gaining compensation, though Paul Kristian could be the fly in the ointment as he looked smart when landing two bumpers around four years ago. He hasn't been seen since falling over hurdles at Limerick last March however. Paul Nolan does exceptionally well with his point-to-point recruits so Like It Or Not, who was last seen winning by a distance at Boulta two years ago, is one to note.
Benrouge (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Prominent, keen hold, led before halfway, tried to press on from 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 14, 25l behind No Cash Flow (11-3) at Cork 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Clonard Lad (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, headway to dispute 3 out, ridden to lead entering straight, challenged last, narrowly headed run-in, kept on and just held, 2nd of 21, shd behind Apache Stronghold (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Count Brando (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Waited with at modest pace, some headway from over 6f out, 6th into straight, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 18, 8l behind Ivy Gate (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f N H flat sft in Sep.
Divine Rhapsody (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 8th halfway, 5th entering straight, 3rd and switched to far rail 2 out, soon no impression on winner, kept on one pace, 4th of 23, 9l behind Jakros (11-12) at Cork 3m mdn hdl gd in May '11.
Flemenstorm (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Ardlea Dawn.
Like It Or Not 8-1 (11-7) Chsd ldrs & alw trav well, 3rd 1/2way, ld 3out, 12l adv when lft well clr 2out, row, v impressive, won at Boulta 3m ire ptp sft in Nov '11 beating Special Tiara (11-7) by dis, 15 ran.
Paul Kristian (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, on terms from 4 out, still a chance when fell 2 out, in a race won by Ample Appeal (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Mar '12, 13 ran.
Polish Partisan (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Slow 1st, chased leaders, 3rd halfway, dropped to 5th and mistake 2 out, ridden and no extra, 8th of 15, 42l behind Empire Of Dirt (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in Oct.
Prince Of Lombardy (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Waited with, 7th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 8th of 16, well behind Rockdown (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m 2f N H flat hvy in Mar.
Royal Vic (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Reins broke and ran out before 1st, in a race won by Aerlite Supreme (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct, 14 ran.
Are You Listening (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Rcd 2nd until 3rd from 5th, 4l 3rd aftr 4out, went 2nd aftr 2out, 2l 2nd & no ch with wnr at last, kow, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Black Hercules (11-7) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Apr.
Ram Them All (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Soon off the pace in last,, 5th of 8, well behind Smiler (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat sft in Oct.
Riverside City (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Rear of mid-division, good headway approaching 4 out and 5th entering straight, no impression on easy winner in 3rd before last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 22, 11l behind Peter From Paris (11-9) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Oct.
Agoodnightatspa (IRE) Definite Article mare out of Emesions Lady.
Oscar Rosie (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders and headway to go 2nd after 2nd, not fluent 7th, ridden and dropped to 6th approaching straight, no extra, 7th of 18, 24l behind Love On Top (11-0) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Oct.