A very strong turnout for this nice prize with several making their handicap debuts including CALL THE POLICE, third in the RSA at Cheltenham but a little disappointing in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse. He may still have been feeling the effects of that Festival run on that occasion and with track and trip sure to suit he's taken to bounce back. Crash and Medical Card are very closely matched on their 1-2 in a Grade 2 at Naas and both are on the upgrade as is Ninetieth Minute, a very easy winner at around this trip at Fairyhouse before falling in the Irish National. Foildubh, well beaten behind Sprinter Sacre at Cheltenham, appeared to appreciate the very testing ground when landing a handicap here last month and could do with some more rain while Gala Dancer is taking a leap in class after his novice success at Clonmel though he's another on the upgrade.
Foildubh (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Waited with in mid-division, closed to track leaders 6 out, challenged approaching last, soon led, strongly pressed and joined run-in, briefly headed, kept on well to edge ahead again near finish, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs hvy in Apr beating Carrigmartin (10-2) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Call The Police (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, moderate 4th from 3 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 19l behind Flemenstar (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Medical Card (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Waited with, niggled along 10th, mistake 7 out, no extra and pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Lion Na Bearnai (11-3) at Navan 3m nov chs G2 (1) sft in Feb, 7 ran.
Ninetieth Minute (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Mid-division, fell 15th, in a race won by Lion Na Bearnai (10-5) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f Ext hcp ch gs in Apr, 29 ran.
Crash (IRE) 13-8fav (11-3) Mistake 4th and soon detached in rear, closed from 3 out, ridden into 4th approaching straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 10l behind Frisco Depot (11-3) at Limerick 3m nov chs G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Gala Dancer (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Prominent early, soon led and jumped well, headed into straight, regained lead 2 out, stayed on best to draw on run-in, won at Clonmel 3m nov chs gd in Sep beating Your Busy (11-5) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Nearest The Pin (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Held up towards rear, 5th before straight, soon struggling, kept on same pace, lame post race, last of 6, 25l behind Donnas Palm (11-4) at Navan 2m 1f nov chs G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Gates Of Rome (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Chased leaders, niggled along in 4th 4 out, no extra in 5th from before straight, 5th of 6, 33l behind Frisco Depot (11-3) at Limerick 3m nov chs G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Belle Brook (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Led and disputed, headed 7th, 4th 4 out, ridden in 6th 3 out, no impression in 5th entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 18l behind Askanna (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mares chs Grd 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Paradis de Thaix (FR) 25-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, ridden and in 7th before 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 26, 30l behind Always Waining (10-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Friendly Society (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, moderate 6th halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight, no extra before 2 out, 8th of 17, 27l behind Lucky William (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f nov chs gs in Apr.
Like Your Style (IRE) 5-1fav (10-9) Mid-division, ridden and no impression entering straight, moderate 8th 2 out, 5th last, kept on one pace, 4th of 17, 20l behind Lucky William (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f nov chs gs in Apr.
Pontiac (FR) 14-1 (11-8) Led, and disputed, headed 5 out, ridden and weakened 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Caduceus (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 gs in Apr, 20 ran.