SARABAD has only won once but his overall form and the likelihood that there's more to come suggest he's better than a 119 rated hurdler and he can return to double his winning tally. Aughnacurraveel has gone up 5lb for finishing runner-up to the Crafty Butcher at Gowran and he's on a high enough mark but Courtncatcher continues to thrive and was a very convincing winner at Gowran. Colbert Station beat big fields over hurdles and fences at Leopardstown and Punchestown last season before unshipping AP McCoy in the Grand National, which will be his target again this campaign but Jennies Jewel makes her handicap debut after some fair efforts in very strong novice company.
Aughnacurraveel (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Waited with, soon in mid-division, progress from 4 out, tracked leaders travelling well from next, led before 2 out, jumped left last, soon strongly pressed, not match winner and headed closing stages, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind The Crafty Butcher (11-2) at Gowran Park 3m.
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 11-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 4 out, disputed lead and ridden 2 out, soon led, strongly pressed at last, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Cailin Annamh (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hdl sft.
Prince Rudi (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, mistake 4th, 8th 5 out, some headway into moderate 5th when jumped right 2 out, left 4th last and kept on into 3rd run-in, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Solstice Knight (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 in Apr.
Colbert Station (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Mid-division when blundered and unseated rider 15th (chair), in a race won by Auroras Encore (10-3) at Aintree 4m 3f (1) gs in Apr, 40 ran.
Vics Canvas (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, on terms from 4 out, dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace from before last, 4th of 22, 6l behind The Paparrazi Kid (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Courtncatcher (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inner, dropped to 8th 3 out, improved again into 5th and ridden 2 out, headway to lead at last, kept on well run-in, comfortably, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 sft beating Coolmill (10-11) by 5l, 12 ran.
Gift Of Dgab (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Led and disputed, got a bit low 6 out, headed into straight, no impression from before 2 out, not fluent last, kept on same pace, 6th of 18, 16l behind White Star Line (10-4) at Listowel 3m sft in Sep.
Competitive Edge (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Settled towards rear, ridden 3 out and no impression in 9th entering straight, no extra and pulled up before last, in a race won by Madam Bovary (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 5f nov chs hvy in Apr, 14 ran.
Grange (IRE) 13-2 (10-11) Soon mid-division, fell 4th, in a race won by Liberty's Gift (10-11) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl gd, 14 ran.
Pink Coat 7-4fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, closer in 3rd after 3 out, 2nd from before last, kept on under pressure run-in but not get to winner, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Liberty's Gift (10-11) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl gd.
Sarabad (FR) 12-1 (10-13) Mid-division on inner, headway from 3 out, ridden in 4th entering straight, kept on same pace, 5th of 22, 4 1/2l behind Acapulco (11-4) at Punchestown 3m hvy in Apr.
Pass The Hat 12-1 (11-12) Soon chased leaders in moderate 5th, closer order going well from 4 out, 4th before straight, pushed along 2 out, challenged in 2nd at last, stayed on well to lead closing stages, won at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd beating Dushybeag (11-12) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Dundrum (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Mid-division and 9th halfway, headway approaching straight and 4th 2 out, no impression before last and kept on one pace run-in, 4th of 15, 7l behind Baresi (10-13) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl.
Bottle Rattler (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway into 3rd after 3 out, ridden to challenge entering straight, 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace from before last, not match winner, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Namarama (11-3) at Clonmel 3m sft.