VERY VITE finished behind the high-class Backspin on his debut at Punchestown back in 2010. He's taken to start making up for lost time here and open his account. Butney Boy also returns from a lay-off but should be in the mix on his second at Down Royal last December while Goldski is another making a comeback after a lengthy absence. The Other Side has the more recent form and is preferred to De Glebe Star of the remainder.
Butney Boy (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, ridden into 5th 2 out, left 4th, 2nd and no impression winner before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 9l behind Lord Redsgirth (10-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec '11.
De Glebe Star (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 2nd after 6f, close up 4f out, ridden in 2nd 3f out, no impression winner 2f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 27l behind Clondaw Court (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Nov.
Fredsmemory (IRE) Dr Massini gelding out of Vanhalensdarling.
Merton View (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Always behind, pulled up before last, in a race won by Clonbanan Lad (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct, 14 ran.
Owens Pride (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, no extra approaching straight, 9th of 13, 27l behind Well Read Man (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 1f 5yo nhf sft in May.
Very Vite (IRE) 4-1fav (12-0) Mid-division, some headway from 4f out, 7th on outer entering straight, driven along and no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 25, 14l behind Backspin (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 1f 5yo nhf gd in Apr '10.
Nomanisanisland (IRE) Heron Island gelding out of Free Style.
The Other Side (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division, 10th halfway, ridden and no impression before straight, kept on one pace straight, 7th of 13, 14l behind Truckin All Night (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat in Aug.
Annas Back (IRE) Bob Back mare out of Kayanna.
Goldski (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Prominent, no impression in moderate 3rd approaching straight, soon no extra, 4th of 6, well behind Tidy Zag (11-7) at Thurles 2m N H flat hvy in Dec '11.
Ivanka (IRE) Acclamation filly out of Evidence.