Macnicholson carries a penalty for winning a maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan last Friday and has more on his plate here. Usa keeps finding one too good but Firefighter might be interesting having had a run on the Flat last month. Pivot Bridge and Green Energy arrive in form and are still at the right end of the handicap and the former had Wexford scorer Hurler And Farmer behind at Fairyhouse. On a line through Dessie Hughes' charge, that appears to give him the beating of The Conker Club. SIR HARRY CASH was far from disgraced off his new mark at Limerick in March and finished well ahead of Time Please. With Shane Shortall taking off 7lb today, he gets a tentative vote to resume winning ways.
Usa (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, progress into 2nd approaching straight and led last, kept on under pressure run-in, headed close home, 2nd of 5, nk behind Aerlite Supreme (11-9) at Ballinrobe 2m hdl gd in Apr.
Vive La France (FR) (9-10) won at Vichy(FR) 1m 5f 3yo nhf gs in May '13, 8 ran.
Macnicholson (IRE) 8-13fav (10-13) Led early, prominent, jumped slightly left 4th, almost on terms again from 3 out, led approaching straight, soon clear, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in Apr beating Phil's Magic (10-6) by 4 1/2l, 14 ran.
Hurricane Ridge (IRE) 11-4 (11-3) Soon poor 2nd, attempted to close from before 2 out, no impression when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Roja Dove (10-7) at Limerick 2m 2f 4yo hdl gd in Oct.
Grey Monk (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, slow 5th and slight mistake next, soon pushed along and no extra after 4 out, weakened, completely tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Djakadam (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 3f beg chs in Dec.
Fire Fighter (IRE) 7-4fav (11-5) Mid-division in touch, went 4th before 4th, challenged 2 out, led narrowly between last 2, ridden and headed narrowly flat, kept on, just held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Kapga De Cerisy (11-5) at Sandown 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Feb '12.
Shemshal (FR) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 10th halfway, progress into 5th 4 out, ridden in 3rd before 2 out where fell, in a race won by Emperor Of Exmoor (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl in Apr, 25 ran.
Medicinal Compound 20-1 (11-10) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden 3 out, no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 15l behind Sherika (10-5) at Thurles 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jan.
Six Stone Ned (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Soon disputed lead, led 6th, joined again next, headed and weakened after 5 out where not fluent, tailed off,, 7th of 13, well behind Some Tikket (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f nov hcp chs sft in Apr.
Magnetic Force (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Held up off pace in rear, moderate 5th 4 out, soon ridden, no impression on leaders after 3 out, 5th of 8, 14l behind Cheap As Chips (10-2) at Tramore 2m hcp chs 0-109 in Apr.
Sir Harry Cash 5-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, 4th approaching straight, 5th and no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 16l behind Getoutwhenyoucan (10-2) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Mahrajaan (USA) 16-1 (10-2) Slight mistake 1st, chased leaders, closer order 5 out, soon 4th, 3rd approaching straight, no impression from before last, 3rd of 10, 9l behind The Amarillo Kid (10-7) at Cork 2m gd in Oct.
Halling's Treasure 9-10fav (11-7) Chased leader, led 3rd, jumped left 4th, headed next, 3rd and slight mistake 2 out, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 10, 13l behind Wood Breizh (11-7) at Tramore 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Apr.
Time Please (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, no impression from next, 7th of 15, 24l behind Maguire's Glen (10-6) at Wexford 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Apr.
Hurler And Farmer (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Mid-division, ridden into 4th entering straight, challenged and slight mistake 2 out, no extra in 4th before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 20, 11l behind Pivot Bridge (9-11) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Apr.
King Of Oriel (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Mid-division, ridden and no extra entering straight, 16th of 20, 39l behind Pivot Bridge (9-11) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Apr.
Doc Hollywood (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, mistake 7 out, no impression from 5 out, 9th of 15, well behind Ballysteen (11-7) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chase sft in Mar.
Golden Ticket (AUS) 4-1fav (11-2) Soon chased leaders, closer in 4th when slight mistake 3 out, moderate 5th and no impression from before next, 7th of 12, 20l behind More Madness (10-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f in Mar.
Oscar Buzz (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden into 5th 2 out, no extra before last, 9th of 20, 17l behind Pivot Bridge (9-11) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Apr.
Mount Gunnery 4-1 (10-13) Soon mid-division, 11th early, progress to track leaders from before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 4th of 17, 8l behind Ghareer (11-0) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Apr.
Pivot Bridge 25-1 (9-11) Mid-division, progress into 6th entering straight, 4th 2 out, soon ridden, led before last, kept on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Apr beating Desertmore Stream (11-9) by 3l, 20 ran.
Green Energy 7-1 (10-10) Mid-division, 9th on outer 3 out, ridden in 6th next, headway into 4th at last, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Mar beating Baroque Style (10-9) by 1 1/2l, 19 ran.
Spacious Sky (USA) 10-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, progress into 10th entering straight, ridden 2 out, stayed onin to 6th last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 7th of 20, 12l behind Pivot Bridge (9-11) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Apr.
Bonifacio (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, 7th next, went 4th before last and kept on run-in, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Missie Ella (10-4) at Thurles 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Feb '13.
The Conker Club (IRE) 11-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, improved to lead after 3 out, soon ridden, strongly pressed and wandered around approaching last, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Hurler And Farmer (11-9) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Apr.
Trazar (FR) 25-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 3rd when mistake 5 out, 2nd 3 out, soon ridden, 5th next, weakened, 9th of 19, 10l behind Green Energy (10-10) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Mar.
Jackofalltrades (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, some progress on outer after 4 out, no impression, 12th of 26, 36l behind Baby King (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Mar.
Marshim (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Held up, soon in rear of mid-division, closed in 4th to track leaders after 3 out, challenged and on terms from next, narrowly headed from last, stayed on well run-in to lead near finish,, won at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Apr beating Knockanarrigan (11-8) by nk, 13 ran.