The chasing debut of CHAMPAGNE FEVER has been much anticipated. The brilliant winner of the championship bumpers at Cheltenham and here last year, and of two further Grade 1's over timber last season, he wasn't at his best behind Jezki at this year's Festival here but is already being touted as a likely champion of the novice chase division. Rogue Angel is another smart prospect and may have made a winning debut over fences but for falling at the last here last month. He couldn't match strides with Sizing Rio in a Grade 3 at Cork subsequently but will ensure the selection has a good test. Archie Meade has been disappointing so far over fences and Our Vinnie is likely to prove more of a threat as he is a very useful hurdler who will have come on a bundle for his opening run over the bigger obstacles here last month. Marlbrook is another interesting entry in what should be a race to savour.
Archie Meade (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Waited with towards rear, not entirely fluent 6th, soon trailing until closer order 4 out, pushed along and no impression approaching straight, went moderate 5th and kept on same pace from after 2 out, 5th of 6, 12l behind He'llberemembered (10-9) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl gd in Oct.
Champagne Fever (IRE) Evensfav (11-12) Attempted to make all, mistake 5th and 3 out, ridden and headed entering straight, no impression and dropped to 3rd when not fluent at last, weakened run-in, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Jezki (11-12) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Apr.
Corbally Ghost (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, slight mistake 7 out, hampered 5 out and rider lost irons briefly, no impression in 6th from before 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 4th of 10, 15l behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Kashline (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, dropped behind 7th, no impression from 5 out, 7th of 10, 47l behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Monelissio (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Pecked and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Road To Riches (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f beg chs, 18 ran.
Our Vinnie (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Prominent early, soon chased leaders, 4th halfway, niggled along briefly after 4 out, 3rd 4 out, ridden in 4th next, no extra entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 16l behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Let's Celebrate (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Trkd ldrs, cl 2nd 7out, jnd ldr 3out, ld last, qcknd clr run-in, won at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Warofthegiants (12-0) by 3l, 15 ran.
Marlbrook (IRE) 4-9fav (11-12) Tracked leader, on terms 4th, in front next, soon clear, reduced lead but going best before straight, went on again after 2 out, stayed on well, very easily, won at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl hvy in Mar beating All Day Long (11-12) by 17l, 12 ran.
Rogue Angel (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Settled behind leaders, mainly 4th, pushed along 4 out, ridden in 3rd and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Sizing Rio (10-13) at Cork 2m 4f nov chs Grd 3 (1) sft.
Bourbon Ellie (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Towards rear, no impression before 5 out, poor 11th 3 out, no extra, 10th of 18, well behind Road To Riches (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f beg chs.