The versatile Deutschland hadn't been showing much before a very good run behind One Cool Shabra on heavy ground at Bellewstown and could do with some rain. Paramount was well behind that day but has run better over a shorter trip subsequently at the Curragh. Lady Imola followed her maiden success on fast going at Tramore with a fair run behind Captain Cee Bee at the Curragh though she was beaten a long way. CLOUDGAZER will no doubt be hurdling before too long but in the meantime looks good enough for a race of this nature after a decent effort on his return from a long absence behind Whatuthink at Leopardstown.
Wikaala (USA) 11-2 (12-6) 19th of 25, well behind Jacksonslady (11-9) at Punchestown 1m 7f stks gd in May '11.
Deutschland (USA) 13-2 (11-6) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd 4f out, ridden to challenge over 2f out, under pressure in 3rd 1f out, soon short of room and switched to inner, kept on to 2nd again close home, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind One Cool Shabra (10-11) at Bellewstown 1m 6f Amateur Handicap (60-90) (3yo+) sft.
Paramount (FR) 14-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden into 2nd over 1f out, no impression winner final furlong, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Placere (10-8) at Curragh 1m 4f Ladies Handicap (60-100) (3yo+) sft.
Cloudgazer (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd soon after halfway, ridden entering straight and dropped to 4th 1f out, no extra, 4th of 8, 5l behind Whatuthink (8-12) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp sft.
Darwins Theory (IRE) 11-2 (9-13) Dwelt, chased leaders, 3rd before straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 8th of 12, 5l behind The Four Elms (9-6) at Limerick 1m 3f hcp 50-70 gd in Mar.
Devils Bit (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Chased leaders in 6th, ridden and no impression early straight, no extra final furlong, finished 5th but disqualified for failing to weigh in, in a race won by Whatuthink (8-12) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp sft, 8 ran.
Greenbelt Star 10-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd approaching straight, ridden and no impression on first 2 well over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 14l behind Oilily (10-9) at Leopardstown 1m 6f amat mdn stks gs.
Steel Park (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th 3f out, kept on one pace straight, 8th of 14, 6l behind Prince Of Fire (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Jan.
Lady Imola (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd approaching 6f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2f out, 4th of 10, 22l behind Captain Cee Bee (9-6) at Curragh 2m hcp 60-100 sft.
Whisper Gently (IRE) 12-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, 5th over 4f out, no extra from over 2f out, last of 14, 33l behind Gra Geal Mo Chroi (8-6) at Roscommon 1m 2f hcp 50-75 sft in Jun.