Tony Martin finally got a race out of EASY VIC at Leopardstown and shouldn't be too unhappy with a 6lb rise despite the fact he only scrambled home. Now he's got his head in front he's taken to follow-up though Refused A Name and Popaflora, 1-2 over a shorter trip here a couple of weeks ago, are greatly respected as is the close fourth Crowded Room. Take A Shot isn't without a chance as he beat Popaflora in December while Robert Tyner's horses have been going so well that recent Thurles winner Knock Beauty can get involved.
Refused A Name 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, moderate 6th 5 out, closer in 3rd and ridden 3 out, stayed on to lead bypassing last, kept on well run-in, won at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 beating Popaflora (9-3) by 3l, 16 ran.
Monelissio (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Held up, soon towards rear, not fluent 4 out, no impression and not fluent 2 out, kept on same pace without threatening from before last, 5th of 12, 8l behind Reality Dose (10-6) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-109 sft in Jan.
Kennoway (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Prominent and disputed, led approaching 3 out, ridden and challenged 2 out, soon headed, no extra in 2nd before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 11l behind Zekarya (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs hvy in Feb.
Crowded Room (IRE) 7-1fav (10-13) Mid-division, progress into moderate 5th 4 out, closer in 4th and ridden 3 out, stayed on into 2nd 2 out where mistake, no extra in 4th bypassing last, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 5l behind Refused A Name (10-12) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116.
Rory's Brother (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Led, headed 3rd, led 3 out, ridden and strongly pressed next, headed entering straight, no extra from last, 4th of 16, 15l behind Easy Vic (10-2) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 sft.
Take A Shot (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Towards rear, progress into 4th on inner 4 out, ridden in 4th next, no impression from 2 out, 4th of 9, 7l behind Mark Me Up (10-8) at Down Royal 2m cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy in Feb.
Knock Beauty (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd from 5 out, led approaching straight, asserted from before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Feb beating See Double You (10-13) by 3l, 18 ran.
Notimetoserve (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, no impression from 5 out, 11th of 16, 42l behind Refused A Name (10-12) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116.
Easy Vic (IRE) 3-1fav (10-2) Mid-division, 9th 3 out, headway from next, ridden in 5th entering straight, improved to lead narrowly before last, stayed on well under pressure run-in, all out, won at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 sft beating Forever Gold (10-12) by hd, 16 ran.
Popaflora 10-1 (9-3) Chased leader, slight mistake 3rd, 2nd halfway, pecked 5 out, led entering straight, ridden 3 out, kept on under pressure, headed bypassing last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 3l behind Refused A Name (10-12) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116.