CLARKEY has reverted to hurdling on a very lowly mark and almost scored over a slightly longer trip at Punchestown on Thursday but was mugged on the run-in by Carutomark. He's still very well treated and can go one better. A spell over fences appears to have affected Beau Michael's form over timber and though Wee Giant continues to drop in the ratings his recent form has been moderate. Lord Ben appeared to find three miles just too far at Gowran and is better judged on his victory over 2m3f at Kilbeggan earlier. He's one with a chance as is Another Palm, though he'll need a very strong pace over this trip.
Beau Michael 25-1 (11-7) Attempted to make all, ridden before 2 out, headed approaching last, soon dropped to 3rd and no extra, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Double Seven (11-6) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl sft.
I Hear A Symphony (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) In touch towards rear, 5th before straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 10l behind Star Of Aragon (9-8) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Aug.
Steele's Rock (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Led until carried out by loose horse at 6th, in a race won by Ongenstown Lad (10-13) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl gd in Sep, 14 ran.
Wee Giant (USA) 6-1 (11-4) Towards rear, closed from before 3 out, 7th approaching straight, no extra and kept on same pace from 2 out, 5th of 14, 16l behind Ongenstown Lad (10-13) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl gd in Sep.
Lord Ben (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Soon chased leaders, left in lead from 6th, joined 2 out, soon headed and no extra, 4th of 14, 14l behind Ongenstown Lad (10-13) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl gd in Sep.
Dusty Trail (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Fell 1st, in a race won by Rock County (10-12) at Galway 2m hcp hdl gd in Oct '10, 12 ran.
Golden Ticket (AUS) 10-1 (10-4) Prominent, weakened 3 out, last of 13, well behind Princeton Plains (11-1) at Listowel 2m hcp hdl in Sep.
Another Palm (IRE) 11-1 (9-12) Mid-division, headway 6 out, 5th 5 out, 2nd next, pushed along 3 out, challenged 2 out, led approaching last, strongly pressed, headed run-in and no extra, kept on same pace, 2nd of 25, 3l behind Uncle Junior (11-0) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-140 gd in May.
Devil's Elbow 13-2 (11-5) Held up well off pace in rear, much closer after 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, ridden and soon no extra, 4th of 6, 20l behind Sizing Symphony (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd in Sep.
Gamede (FR) 20-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 12, 19l behind Much Acclaimed (10-10) at Listowel 2m 4yo hcp hdl sft in Sep.
Fearnwood Girl (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Prominent, still 2nd before 2 out, weakened from before straight, last of 7, 28l behind Star Of Aragon (9-8) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Aug.
King's Parade 13-2 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, headway into 8th entering straight, ridden in 7th and hampered 2 out, no impression, 6th of 16, 12l behind Lucky Spring (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
Bobby John (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, close up approaching 3 out, no extra from before next, 7th of 14, 29l behind Ongenstown Lad (10-13) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl gd in Sep.
Clarkey (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, improved to lead before last, ridden and headed run-in, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Carutomark (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116.