MOSCOW CHIEF is bred to be a smart jumper so connections must have been delighted to see him land a bumper at Tipperary last month and he should do even better over hurdles. He looks to have been found a decent opportunity to make a winning start as those with experience look only moderate. A Decent Excuse is definitely improving and was possibly a little unfortunate not to beat Roadtoabbeyfeale at Limerick. He looks the main danger though winning bumper and point-to-pointer Our Only Option can get into the frame and Limerick Lane should be suited by this longer trip.
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway in 7th 6 out, 4th next, improved to 2nd after 3 out, challenged entering straight, ridden in close 2nd 2 out, kept on, not clear run on rail run-in, held, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Roadtoabbeyfeale (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Oct.
Balaic Storm (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Tr ldrs, 2nd 1/2way, rdn along when fell 3out, in a race won by Gale Force Oscar (12-0) at Horse And Jockey 3m ire ptp gs in Mar, 11 ran.
Fair Lord (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Never better than mid-division, 10th of 14, well behind Fernhurst Lad (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb '11.
Limerick Lane (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Mid-division on outer, progress into 3rd entering straight, soon ridden, kept on one paced, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Special Bar (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Moscow Chief (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Soon led and disputed, taken to stand's side straight, headed over 1f out, rallied well under pressure to regain lead near finish, won at Tipperary 2m 4f N H flat hvy in Oct beating Caoimhe's Delight (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
On A High 14-1 (11-4) In rear, some progress into moderate 7th 3 out, no extra, 7th of 11, 31l behind Seefood (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Our Only Option (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Mid-division, kept on without threatening from 3 out, 6th of 19, 18l behind Forty Foot Tom (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in May.
Powertakeoff (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Prominent, 4th halfway, ridden and no impression in 5th 2 out, no extra in straight, 8th of 11, 19l behind Call Rog (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Flemankor (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Mid div, not qckn 3out, ko, 9th of 15, 39l behind Castlefort (12-0) at Oldcastle 3m ire ptp gs in Apr.