Patrick Mullins was on board when Local Celebrity easily beat a huge field of maidens at Navan in December and retains the ride with Ruby Walsh on board stablemate Tango Banbou, a 50/1 winner at Gowran in March before floundering in heavy going at Punchestown. Spring Hawk showed promise in a couple of starts over timber but one career success in 28 starts is off-putting. Thegondolier hasn't quite progressed as anticipated after landing a Thurles maiden in October so this looks destined for HIS EXCELLENCY. Gordon Elliott's charge has been racing at a much higher level than this in juvenile events after beating One Cool Shabra in a Leopardstown Grade 2 in December and his overall form should be enough to get back on the winning trail.
Local Celebrity (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Chased leaders, jumped right, 3rd halfway, closer 3 out, improved to lead before 2 out, ridden and kept on well from before last, comfortably, won at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Dec beating Fair Of Cappamore (11-12) by 10l, 25 ran.
Tango Banbou (FR) 10-1 (11-12) Led, strongly pressed and headed 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Oscara Dara (11-12) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl hvy in Apr, 11 ran.
Ahyaknowyerself (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Prominent, close up and almost on terms 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 6th of 22, 15l behind Simon Gray (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl gd in Apr.
Audrelles Lad (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened from 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Lookoutnow (11-0) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 in Dec, 21 ran.
His Excellency (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Well off pace towards rear, some headway from 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 9th of 13, 22l behind Hisaabaat (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Apr.
Thegondolier (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no extra before 2 out, weakened, 6th of 10, well behind Loch Ard (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Apr.
Spring Hawk (IRE) 6-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, headway into 3rd 3 out where mistake, ridden before 2 out, kept on from before last, 2nd run-in, just held 2nd close home, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Annie Other (10-11) at Kilbeggan 2m hdl gd in Sep.