Beat That left previous form behind when stepping up to 3m1f at Aintree but the form of that race doesn't look as strong as VERY WOOD's victory in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham. Noel Meade's charge outstayed some very smart novices and the form has already been franked. It's difficult to see third Apache Jack reversing the placings here, though Dessie Hughes' six-year-old has place claims again. Don Poli won over 3m at Clonmel in February, when Captainofthefleet was only fourth, and completed his hat-trick in a conditionals' race at Cheltenham. He's on the upgrade but this a very tough heat. Lots Of Memories won easily at Fairyhouse 10 days ago after a break and could also go well and this trip should suit Shanahan's Turn, though he has a bit to find on the form book.
Apache Jack (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, not fluent 3 out, went 2nd approaching last, still close 3rd when not fluent at hurdle, no impression on winner after, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 5l behind Very Wood (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Beat That (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Mid-division on inside, headway approaching 9th, not fluent 4 out, close up when hit 2 out, led before last, ridden and stayed on well to assert flat, won at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs beating Cole Harden (11-4) by 4l, 18 ran.
Captainofthefleet (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, closer in 2nd approaching straight, ridden to challenge from before 2 out where on terms, narrowly from before headed last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Aerlite Supreme (11-12) at Limerick 2m 4f nh nov hdl hvy in Mar.
Lots Of Memories (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, progress into 2nd 5 out, led 3 out, went clear 2 out, steadied and mistake last, unextended, won at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl beating Our Man Zebo (10-10) by 7l, 23 ran.
Shanahan's Turn (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, driven after 2 out, kept on same pace before last, weakened flat, 8th of 15, 17l behind Faugheen (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Mid-division, fell 7th, in a race won by Lots Of Memories (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl, 23 ran.
Don Poli (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Held up, headway approaching 2 out, led last, edged left flat, driven clear final 100 yards, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) gd in Mar beating Thomas Crapper (10-5) by 4 1/2l, 24 ran.
Draycott Place (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Towards rear, pushed along briefly after 4th, went moderate 6th early straight, moderate 4th and not fluent 2 out, kept on one pace,, 4th of 9, 25l behind Valseur Lido (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hdl G2 (1) sft.
Very Wood (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Held up, headway approaching 2 out, switched left and went close 2nd last, soon led, stayed on well to draw clear final 150 yards, won at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar beating Deputy Dan (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 18 ran.