SHAMAR looked potentially very useful when completing a double at Cork and Killarney and time will probably tell he ran a superb race when just failing to concede 10lb to Que Pasa at Galway. He should have few problems getting back to winning ways here as Lord Ben appeared to have a hard race over fences here on Thursday and will be having his first start over timber since last April. King High won a handicap hurdle at Sligo before beaten a long way on the same track and looks much better than the chaser Venture Lazarus, who has never run over hurdles.
Shamar (FR) 2-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden from last, kept on to 2nd closing stages, just held, 2nd of 8, nk behind Que Pasa (11-2) at Galway 2m nh nov hdl gd in Jul.
King High (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 11th of 14, 17l behind Top Madam (11-3) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl gd.
Lord Ben (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) Held up in rear, headway from 5 out, 4th 3 out, ridden after 3 out, disputed close 2nd briefly 2 out, kept on same pace from before last, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Toner D'Oudairies (11-5) at Tramore 2m 6f chs gd.
Venture Lazarus (IRE) 9-2fav (11-7) Prominent, slight mistake 7 out, a bit to do to get to winner when fell 3 out, in a race won by Best Of Bocelli (11-3) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-109 in Nov, 13 ran.