The market can be useful in these events and it will be interesting to see the support for Gunner Fifteen who hails from a yard in strong form. He looked impressive when winning his sole Irish point-to-point start at Inch and is very much respected, likewise I Need Gold who has joined the thriving McCain team after also landing an Irish point in some style. Both rate interesting prospects, whilst Squeeze Me has also shown enough in a couple of bumpers to warrant shortlist inclusion. Rebecca Curtis enjoys a splendid 26% strike rate in such contests over the past five years so Clancy's Cross, a son of Oscar, needs to be taken seriously too. However, a chance is taken with ROSA FLEET, who showed promise on her bumper debut here in the spring, receives weight from all her main rivals and represents an in-form yard. Hopefully, the market will speak in her favour too.
Alfie Moone 20-1 (11-0) Disputed lead, lost place when hung badly right on bend over 4f out, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Beau De Tabel (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in May.
Billy The Bandit (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Pulled hard and held up in last pair, headway 6f out, went 3rd over 5f out, soon ridden, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 23l behind Truckers Steel (11-4) at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Castanum (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) In rear, pushed along 8f out, hanging left from 6f out, well behind when ran wide on bend turning for home, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Sign Of A Victory (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd.
Clancy's Cross (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Murphy's Lady.
Echo Foxtrot Echo Of Light gelding out of April Lee.
Greybougg Tobougg gelding out of Kildee Lass.
Gunner Fifteen (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Made all, b mstk 1st & jumped lft 4out, 1l adv bef 3out & 3l adv gng best bef last, row, impressive, won at Inch 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Pepper Canister (12-0) by 3l, 11 ran.
I Need Gold (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Mid div, prog 3out, chall 2out, ko best, won at Monksgrange 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Withoutdefavourite (12-0) by 5l, 11 ran.
Kilfinichen Bay (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4f out, no impression final 2f, 4th of 9, 18l behind Beau De Tabel (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in May.
Squeeze Me 14-1 (11-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along over 3f out, hung left and no extra over 2f out, 4th of 8, 18l behind Capilla (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Oct.
Fine Moment 14-1 (10-7) Held up in mid-division, ridden over 6f out, never on terms, 8th of 15, 22l behind Cabaret Girl (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Pandy Wells Kayf Tara filly out of Alina Rheinberg.
Rosa Fleet (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up, took keen hold, headway on outside 6f out, ridden over 3f out, no impression over 1f out, 6th of 17, 18l behind Delta Forty (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m mares n h flat (6) sft in Apr.