This looks a virtual match between previous winner BENTELIMAR and Shield. The latter is useful and certainly won't go down without a fight but Philip Fenton's charge has the greater scope after making a smooth winning debut over timber at Killarney, though he was helped by the runner-up going lame after the last. Barring accidents, the other pair will be contesting minor money.
Bentelimar (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Soon tracked leaders, 5th after 5th, slight mistake next, progress between horses from 3 out, challenged and on terms next, led run-in and stayed on well, won at Killarney 2m 1f mdn hdl in May beating Yes Sir Brian (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 18 ran.
Shield (IRE) 5-2 (11-10) Raced in 3rd, mistake 5 out, slight mistake next and pushed along briefly, under pressure into straight, soon no impression, mistake last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Draycott Place (11-10) at Limerick 2m 3f nh nov hdl in May.
Changeofluck (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Alw pr, cl up 4out, rdn 3out & not qckn 2out, pu last, in a race won by Kingscourt Native (12-2) at Bennettsbridge 3m ire ptp sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Late For Supper (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 12th early, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 9th of 25, 46l behind Cape Glory (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl.