CHARGER was most unfortunate to be caught right on the line by Mind The Steps at Kilbeggan on Sunday and, racing from the same mark here, compensation awaits. Hevelius beat Mind The Steps narrowly over this C&D a couple of weeks ago but the selection has much the better of the weights here. Spa Wells isn't the most consistent of performers as a career strike-rate of 2-38 suggests but he would have a chance second to none if able to repeat last month's excellent second to Kitty's Lord in a huge field at Punchestown. Benefitthewest is progressing nicely and followed her victory at Sligo with another very good display from a 6lb higher mark at Ballinrobe.
Time Machine (UAE) 7-2 (11-12) Towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace approaching 2 out, 8th of 13, 36l behind Tin Town Boy (10-7) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 8Evens09 sft in May.
Binocular 20-1 (9-6) Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 18th of 19, 47l behind Peak Raider (9-3) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 hvy in Feb.
Skylancer 15-2 (11-5) Mid-division best, 12th before 5 out, soon no impression, 13th of 15, 49l behind Lord Ben (11-1) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf in May.
Bachelor Affair 14-1 (11-6) Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, no extra from next, 8th of 14, 17l behind One For Joules (10-9) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf in May.
Spa Wells (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Always prominent, 2nd before 2 out, led straight, headed and kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 25, 1 3/4l behind Kitty's Lord (10-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in May.
Charger 8-1 (10-11) Led, challenged 3 out, ridden and disputed from 2 out, kept on, just headed on line, 2nd of 10, shd behind Mind The Steps (10-2) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Hevelius 6-1fav (11-1) Mid-division, closed to chase leaders 4 out, 3rd before straight, 2nd before 2 out, led before last where slightly left, strongly pressed and stayed on best run-in, won at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf in May beating Mind The Steps (11-5) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Run Along Boy 16-1 (11-5) Towards rear, kept on same pace under pressure from after 3 out, 6th of 15, 13l behind Vinnes Friend (11-6) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf in May.
Three Monkeys (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Led and clear of remainder with 2nd, headed approaching 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tin Town Boy (10-7) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 8Evens09 sft in May, 13 ran.
Benefitthewest (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Soon mid-division, closer in 5th 3 out, led approaching straight, soon headed, kept on same pace from before last, 5th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Uncle Taffy (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in May.
Invincible Vibes (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th 2 out, still travelling before last, ridden and no impression run-in, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 13l behind Nivek's Dream (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-102 gf in May.