MINELLA RECEPTION made steady progress in bumpers, getting off the mark on heavy ground at Listowel last month. John Nallen has booked Davy Russell for his hurdling debut and he can oblige at the first time of asking. Miriam's Dream is best of those with previous experience but he hasn't raced since finishing third at Fairyhouse in January. Popmurphy, a decent sort on the Flat a couple of years ago, was an encouraging second at Galway last month and can continue heading in the right direction while Maccas Lad won a bumper at Punchestown just under a year ago but the remainder have it all to do.
Maccas Lad (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Made virtually all, joined briefly 4f out, ridden entering straight, kept on well under pressure to draw clear final furlong, won at Punchestown 2m N H flat sft in Nov beating Crocus Bay (11-9) by 11l, 7 ran.
Minella Reception (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Always prominent, challenged under pressure and led over 1f out, stayed on well to draw clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Listowel 2m N H flat sft in Sep beating Bonobo (12-0) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Popmurphy 7-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway to challenge 2 out, ridden in 2nd after 2 out, kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Flying Light (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Ballybay Hodson (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division, lost place 5 out, trailing from 3 out, completely tailed off, last of 13, well behind Whats Happening (11-12) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Dazzlers Day (FR) 25-1 (11-9) Held up, progress into moderate 6th after 4 out, soon ridden, no impression from before 2 out, one pace, 5th of 13, 27l behind Whats Happening (11-12) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Elljapa (IRE) 22-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 7th before halfway, weakened before 3 out, trailing when almost refused last, eased, completely tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Whats Happening (11-12) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Miriam's Dream (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, closer in 4th before straight, no impression from before 2 out, kept on same pace without threatening, 3rd of 16, 13l behind Caolaneoin (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Seamie Joe (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Soon mid-division, 9th after halfway, no impression from 6f out, no extra from over 4f out, tailed off, 6th of 15, well behind Minella Reception (11-9) at Listowel 2m N H flat sft in Sep.
Some Trip (IRE) 9-2 (12-0) Alw rr, 12th by 5th, to from 3out & pu bef 2out, in a race won by Plettenburg Bay (12-0) at Rathcannon 3m ire ptp gs in Sep, 14 ran.
Sruleen (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Mid div, wknd to rr 4out, rr & pu 2out, in a race won by Wee Johnny (12-0) at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Jun, 13 ran.
Star Select (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, 10th of 15, well behind Decade Player (10-10) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Stoney (IRE) Stowaway gelding out of Classical Rachel.
The Black Russian (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden 3 out, under pressure in 7th before straight, no extra, 6th of 12, 36l behind Busty Brown (11-4) at Roscommon 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy.
Unoccupied 7-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, 12th of 15, well behind Decade Player (10-10) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Thats Our Luck (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden and no extra before 2 out, weakened, 12th of 16, 50l behind Apt Manor (11-7) at Galway 2m mares mdn hdl gd in Oct '10.