URANO, three times a winning bumper in France, has been a massive disappointment for new connections having been a short-priced favourite in his last three starts, all around the minimum trip. This longer trip could be just what's required and he's taken to see off Thunder And Roses, an excellent fourth to the useful Apache Stronghold at Punchestown in October but disappointing when odds-on there a fortnight later. Oscar Fiain has been progressing and only just failed to catch Pint Of Porter in a 2m7f Navan handicap last time while Willow Grange was finishing very strongly when beaten a nose by Gort An Chnoic, who runs in the previous race, over 2m4f at Clonmel.
Claiming Benefits (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, some headway but no impression approaching straight, kept on one pace, 10th of 16, 35l behind Bishopslough (11-4) at Thurles 2m gd in Oct.
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 4-5fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, led 6 out, mistake 3 out, soon headed and ridden in 3rd next, no extra in 4th last, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 2l behind Rightdownthemiddle (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl in Oct.
Urano (FR) 4-7fav (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, progress to challenge 2 out and soon led, headed last, ridden and no impression on winner run-in,, 2nd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Giantofaman (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Augest Benefit (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Twrds rr, 6th & rddn 6out, to aftr 4out & cto last when pu well bef 3out, in a race won by Parting Way (10-11) at Tramore 3m ire ptp gd in Apr '12, 9 ran.
Bothair Clei (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Soon towards rear, reminder after 2nd, pushed along in last from next, soon trailing and no danger, 14th of 16, well behind Dick Dundee (10-10) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Fethard Player (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 5th, 6th and not fluent 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, under pressure in moderate 5th when slight mistake 2 out, kept on one pace,, 3rd of 10, 33l behind Wicklow Gold (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl.
Fiscal Nomad (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, 10th approaching 5 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before 3 out,, 9th of 15, 33l behind Oscar Chimes (10-11) at Thurles 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Nov.
Knockrea (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, 13th before halfway, no impression and kept on same pace from 5 out, 10th of 16, 47l behind The Job Is Right (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Nov.
Much Wants More (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, progress approaching 3 out and went moderate 5th 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace,, 5th of 18, 15l behind Giantofaman (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Notification (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division, a bit slow 4 out, no impression from before straight, 7th of 15, 15l behind Dangan Daylight (10-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Mar '12.
Oscar Fiain (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) Chased leaders and 9th halfway, slightly hampered 9th, pushed along in 6th entering straight, no impression in 4th before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, not reach winner, 2nd of 22, nk behind Pint Of Porter (9-10) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Stay With It (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Towards rear, some headway 5 out, soon moderate 9th, no impression from before straight,, 8th of 12, 26l behind Gort An Chnoic (10-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f gd.
The Roving Rouge (IRE) Dr Massini gelding out of Corclough Flyer.
Town Pond (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Tr ldrs, not qckn 3out, ko onepce from 2out, 5th of 16, 18l behind Davyroy (12-2) at Maralin 3m ire ptp in Nov.
Willow Grange (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, closer in 4th from 3 out, left in pursuit of winner in moderate 2nd from 2 out, kept on well run-in, just failed,, 2nd of 12, ns behind Gort An Chnoic (10-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f gd.
Annas Back (IRE) 66-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 4th, 6th halfway, no extra 3 out and soon weakened,, 9th of 12, 46l behind Sunday Serenade (11-7) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl.
Milestone Miss (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Soon chased leaders, ridden from 4 out, moderate 6th and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 23, 27l behind Tidy Zag (11-6) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Springtown (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden and weakened 4 out, tailed off, 13th of 17, well behind Apache Jack (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Kilnockin Lady (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Led and disputed, led 5f out, ridden and joined 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 16, 5l behind Shesafoxylady (11-9) at Navan 2m mrs N H flat lst (1) in Nov.
Vinnie Vitae (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and weakened after 4 out, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Apache Jack (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl, 17 ran.
Trioka Bob (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, never a factor, no impression in moderate 9th approaching 2 out,, 8th of 10, well behind Wicklow Gold (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl.