held up towards rear, progress into 8th after 3 out, 5th entering straight, ridden to challenge before 2 out, no extra in 2nd before last where mistake, kept on same pace
Afatcat is the only course and distance winner in the line-up and he's also won over fences here. He'll enjoy the conditions and should go well now back over timber. Whiskey No Ice had shown potential before easily landing a Galway maiden on quick ground in September and doesn't look badly treated for his handicap debut. Luimneach Abu has won twice in 36 starts, both on very fast ground, though he was a long way behind Eric The Third at Kilbeggan in September. The latter hasn't run since completing a double at Tramore a month later but, with conditions in his favour and plenty of scope for improvement, he should make a bold bid to complete a hat-trick. The four-year-old WALKABOUT made a couple of novice errors in a Kilbeggan handicap last week that cost him the race. With a better round of jumping he can go one better as he holds Wither Hills on that run. Dixie Highway ran easily his best race to date at KIlbeggan last month and collateral form with the winner Flaviana puts him close to the selection.
Do Na Paisti (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) 14th of 25, 21 1/2l behind Pires (12-0) at Punchestown 1m 7f Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Supreme Vinnie (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Mid-division, pushed along briefly from 5th, one pace from 2 out, 6th of 13, 11 1/2l behind Fethard Player (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hcp Yielding in Oct.
Wither Hills (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Rear of mid-division on inner, 8th 2 out, soon ridden, progress into 5th at last, no extra, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Flaviana (11-3) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp gd in May.
Afatcat 20-1 (11-1) Towards rear, progress into 8th bypassing 3 out, ridden in 7th 2 out, soon no impression, 9th of 16, 33l behind Liberty's Gift (10-13) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp Yielding in May.
Lake Field (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Took keen hold early, tracked leaders, 8th after 6th, pushed along before straight, one pace from 2 out, 5th of 20, 16 3/4l behind Go It Alone (11-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Coolfighter (GER) 25-1 (10-0) Towards rear, ridden and some progress on inner entering straight, no impression and eased over 1 1/2f out, 17th of 22, dist behind Jeremys Joy (9-4) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp hvy in Apr.
Cillian's Well (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Led, hampered when rival jumped into hindquarters 3rd, pressed before straight, headed 3 out and ridden, no extra in 3rd 2 out, 4th last and kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 3 3/4l behind Wate And Sea (11-3) at Cork 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Solar Heat (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, closer in 5th halfway, pushed along to go 2nd 2 out, ridden and no impression in 3rd last, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 4l behind Most Honourable (11-2) at Tramore 2m hcp gd in May.
Whiskey No Ice (IRE) 11-8 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, slight mistake and ridden 2 out, under pressure entering straight, stayed on well run-in to lead inside last 100 yards, kept on well close home, won at Galway 2m mdn gd in Sep beating Vermout Fougeray (11-12) by 3 1/4l, 7 ran.
Luimneach Abu (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Rear of mid-division, some progress on inner entering straight, 8th and slightly hampered under 2f out, soon no extra, eased final furlong, 12th of 14, 18 1/4l behind Hatch Hall (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Nov.
Invincible Don (IRE) 3-1fav (9-2) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden and progress to go 2nd 1 1/2f out, under pressure and led 100 yards out, kept on, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Nov beating Ondamoura (9-0) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Oscar Chimes (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, slightly hampered 4 out, soon ridden and no extra, 11th of 14, 19 1/4l behind Swantykay (11-11) at Cork 2m 4f hcp gd in Oct.
Dixie Highway (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway on outer 3 out, 4th next, ridden in 2nd when mistake on outer at last, kept on without reaching winner run-in, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Flaviana (11-6) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp gd in Apr.
Walkabout (IRE) 3-1fav (10-6) Mid-division, bad mistake 4th, 7th 2 out, progress and ridden before last, 2nd approaching last, kept on under pressure run-in, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Flaviana (11-3) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp gd in May.
Eric The Third (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Led or disputed lead, headed before 4 out, led again approaching 2 out, ridden and kept on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m hcp gd in Oct beating Borussia (11-5) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Banker Burke (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Soon mid-division, 8th after 3rd, not fluent 4th, slight mistake 3 out, kept on same pace from before last, 5th of 20, 13 1/4l behind Shan Dun Na Ngall (11-7) at Down Royal 2m hcp gd in May.
Silverpockets (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Mid-division, pushed along and no impression in 8th after 3 out, no extra, kept on one pace, 9th of 16, dist behind Lake Field (11-12) at Tramore 2m hcp hvy in Dec.
Auntie Annie (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Mid-division, soon raced in 8th, no danger when mistake 3 out, no extra, tailed off, 11th of 14, dist behind Be The Hero (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Apr.
L'Attesa (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 11th early, closed and travelling smoothly behind horses after 2 out, attempted to challenge and not much room before last, swiched right from 100yds out, kept on well without quite reaching 1st 2, 3rd of 20, 3/4l behind Shan Dun Na Ngall (11-7) at Down Royal 2m hcp gd in May.
Noble Call (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Towards rear, 12th halfway, 13th 3f out, driven over 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, no impression, never a factor, 12th of 14, 9 1/2l behind Alcock And Brown (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Apr.
Deputy Marshall (IRE) 33-1 (12-3) 10th of 25, 17 3/4l behind Pires (12-0) at Punchestown 1m 7f Yielding - Soft in Apr.