tracked leaders in 4th, led before 2 out, ridden and headed last, no extra and lost 2nd place last 50 yards
led, headed before 2 out, soon weakened
held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, headway after 3 out, soon ridden, kept on well run-in, went 2nd last 50 yards, not reach winner
held up in touch, ridden before last, faded run-in
tracked leader, challenged 3 out, every chance 2 out, ridden run-in, kept on towards finish
in touch, challenged 2 out, led last, ridden run-in, held on towards finish
held up mid-division, headway before and mistake 3 out, ridden and weakened last
prominent, weakened before 3 out
always behind, pulled up before 9th
held up in touch, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on
held up towards rear, ridden before last, soon weakened
held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, kept on same pace
tracked leader, fell 1st
held up behind, pushed along and outpaced from 6 out, tailed off before 3 out, pulled up before last
held up rear division, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened
held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, no impression
held up mid-division on outer, headway before 6 out, chased leaders before 3 out, weakened before 2 out
tracked leaders in 3rd, every chance 2 out, kept on, no extra last 100 yards
held up towards rear, pushed along after 4 out, no impression when mistake last
With the next three races likely to feature very short-priced favourites, punters will be keen to flex their muscles in this opener. Gordon Elliott trained last year's winner and Eshtiaal won a pipe-opener at Dundalk recently. But his Tiger Roll didn't appear to stay when tried over 3m in last season's World Hurdle and Squouateur couldn't justify market support in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham off his new mark. If In Doubt, At Fishers Cross and Join The Clan also sport the McManus colours and the former was third, just behind Arpege D'alene, is the Pertemps Final at The Festival. Kings Palace was third over fences at Cheltenham but UBAK (NAP) has come right back to his best lately and may be the pick of the weights. He is closely matched with Long House Hall on their run together in the Coral Cup but will be better suited by today's easier going and he did win a Grade 2 at this meeting three years ago. Ballycross was raised a massive 13lb after winning at Sandown and may find this task beyond him while Rock The Kasbah and Silsol may also be too high in the weights now.
Silsol (GER) 5-2fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, ridden before last 2, held on under pressure flat, won at Kelso 3m 2f hcp (2) gs in Apr beating Shades Of Midnight (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Rock The Kasbah (IRE) 15-2fav (11-6) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along and lost place 4 out, behind from 2 out, tailed off, 22nd of 26, dist behind Diamond King (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) gd in Mar.
If In Doubt (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Behind, headway on outside 3 out, tried to challenge when not much room and hampered between last 2 out and again approaching last, ridden when carried left flat, stayed on to take 3rd near finish, unlucky, 3rd of 24, 3/4l behind Mall Dini (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m hcp lst (1) gd in Mar.
Arpege D'alene (FR) 14-1 (11-4) In touch, headway 2 out, upsides when edged right between last 2, went left last, every chance when ridden and carried left flat, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 24, 3/4l behind Mall Dini (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m hcp lst (1) gd in Mar.
At Fishers Cross (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Mid-division on inside, not fluent 7th, lost place and behind from 4 out, pulled up before next, at Cheltenham 3m (1) gd in Mar.
Ubak (FR) 28-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, ridden to lead narrowly approaching last, headed soon after, kept on and held flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 26, 1 1/2l behind Diamond King (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) gd in Mar.
Tiger Roll (IRE) 9-4 (9-10) Dwelt, soon chased leaders, 4th halfway, progress to challenge 2f out, ridden to lead over 1 1/2f out and strongly pressed, headed final 150 yards, no extra and kept on same pace, pressed for 2nd close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Sir Raston (9-5) at Dundalk 2m mdn pol in Mar.
Ruacana 66-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 3 out, ridden after next, one pace before last, weakened flat, 14th of 24, 18 1/2l behind Mall Dini (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m hcp lst (1) gd in Mar.
Kings Palace (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Mid-division on outside, close up 6th, pressed leader 11th, led approaching 3 out, driven and headed narrowly next, every chance last, soon ridden, no extra flat, held when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 22, 5 1/4l behind Empire Of Dirt (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) gd in Mar.
Squouateur (FR) 9-4fav (11-9) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, hampered 4th, headway normal 2 out, never on terms with leaders, no impression in 7th before omitted last, 7th of 24, 13 1/2l behind Ibis Du Rheu (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Mar.
Childrens List (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division on inside, not fluent 6th, lost place after 8th, weakened before 2 out where mistake, 17th of 24, dist behind Ibis Du Rheu (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Mar.
Join The Clan (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway into 2nd after 3 out, led next, soon ridden clear, headed between last 2, weakened flat, 10th of 24, 13 3/4l behind Mall Dini (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m hcp lst (1) gd in Mar.
Urban Hymn (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent 1st or 3rd, headed 4th, mistake 6th and 9th, soon lost place, behind 11th, pulled up after, at Cheltenham 2m 5f (1) gs in Jan.
Saddlers Encore (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, lost place 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, at Cheltenham 3m hcp lst (1) gd in Mar.
Pinnacle Panda (IRE) 11-4fav (11-11) In rear, headway before 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, last of 9, dist behind Touch Back (11-0) at Newcastle 3m hcp (3) hvy in Mar.
Ballycross 7-1 (11-0) Raced wide, tracked leader, led 5th, came clear from 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Sandown 2m 5f hcp (3) hvy in Mar beating Spencer Lea (10-13) by 4l, 11 ran.
Mydor (FR) 15-2 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, 14th halfway, progress into 7th 2 out, soon ridden and left 4th last, under pressure and kept on one pace run-in, 3rd of 19, 3 1/4l behind Just Cause (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp Yielding - Soft in Mar.
Murrayana (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, led narrowly before next, ridden and headed after last, rallied to regained narrow lead towards finish, held on, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Mar beating Champagne At Tara (11-4) by hd, 16 ran.
Minella Daddy (IRE) 11-8 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Final Nudge (12-2) at Southwell 2m 4f (4) hvy in Mar.
Rolling Maul (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Chased leader to 3 out, soon lost place, weakened from next, 13th of 24, 17 1/2l behind Mall Dini (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m hcp lst (1) gd in Mar.
Eshtiaal (USA) 8-1 (12-3) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, improved to lead 1f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Dundalk 2m hcp pol in Mar beating Cardinal Palace (11-6) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Long House Hall (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway 4 out, ridden between last 2, stayed on well under pressure flat, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 26, 1 1/4l behind Diamond King (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) gd in Mar.