always prominent, ridden and effort between last 2, kept on same pace, no impression in 4th flat
tracked leaders, fell 11th
held up in touch, tracked leaders from 7th, left 2nd 18th, effort between last 2, ridden and kept on same pace in 3rd from last
made all, clear from 18th, ridden when hard pressed before last, stayed on gamely flat
held up behind, saddle slipped and rider lost irons 6 out, never able to challenge, weakened before last, tailed off
tracked winner until blundered and lost action 18th, quickly pulled up
held up behind, hampered 11th, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, never near leaders
in touch early, held up mid-division, tracked leaders 21st, effort to challenge before last, ridden and every chance flat, kept on, held towards finish
always in rear, tailed off from 22nd
mid-division, hampered 11th, outpaced in 5th 3 out, ridden after next, never reached leaders
Cause Of Causes won the big race over the cross-country fences here at The Festival in March and later finished a fine second in the Aintree Grand National. But he’s having his first run since April and is worse off at the weights with both CANTLOW (NAP) and Auvergnat, third and fourth here in March. The latter has had a summer campaign, winning at Killarney in May but Mark Walsh prefers the former, who had a pipe-opener over hurdles at Thurles and is seeking back-to-back victories in this contest. Urgent De Gregaine beat the selection three lengths here in January but is 9lb worse off. Aubusson was a useful hurdler in his prime but his record over fences is less impressive and he has no experience in races like this.
Cantlow (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Towards rear for most, no impression from before 5 out, never a factor, 10th of 12, dist behind Monksland (11-0) at Thurles 2m 7f Yielding in Oct.
Auvergnat (FR) 12-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 7th at 7th, good headway to 3rd 2 out where pecked slightly, travelled well before last, kept on same pace run-in, not trouble principals, 3rd of 14, 6 1/2l behind Mon Lino (11-6) at Galway 2m 6f hcp Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Urgent De Gregaine (FR) 50-1 (10-0) Mid-division, mistake 17th, left 4th 26th, closed after next, 2nd 4 out, led flat, stayed on, won at Cheltenham 3m 6f hcp (2) gs in Jan beating Cantlow (11-4) by 3l, 10 ran.
Kingswell Theatre 11-1 (11-11) Prominent, led 3rd, headed before 5th, one pace 4 out, weakened next, 7th of 9, 31 1/2l behind The Bay Oak (11-2) at Ffos Las 3m 4f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Aubusson (FR) (10-7) 3rd of 6, 5 1/2l behind Jejekarad (11-0) at Fontainebleau 2m 7f sft in Oct.
Need To Know (IRE) (11-1) 7th of 12, 16 1/4l behind Vire A Gauche (10-12) at Craon 3m 1f gd in Jun.
Inis Meain (USA) 25-1 (12-0) 9th of 16, dist behind Pallasator (12-0) at Punchestown 1m 6f Yielding - Soft in Oct.
Vicomte Du Seuil (FR) (10-10) 3rd of 5, 9l behind Bacplus (11-0) at Lyon-Parilly 2m 3f gf in Sep.
Bertie Boru (IRE) 33-1 (12-1) Mistake 9th, always towards rear, 7th of 17, 13l behind What Happens Now (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Adam du Breteau (FR) 16-1 (10-12) Led until after 4th, remained prominent, mistake 8th, weakened 4 out, 6th of 10, 20 1/2l behind Mr Mix (11-12) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Cause Of Causes (USA) 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division, hampered 6th (bechers), headway 24th (2nd canal turn), effort when bumped 2 out, pressed winner last, soon ridden and every chance, one pace and held approaching elbow, 2nd of 40, 4 1/2l behind One For Arthur (10-11) at Aintree 4m 2f hcp (1) gs in Apr.