chased leader in 2nd, slight mistake 3rd, closer after 5 out, challenged and slight mistake 4 out, led 3 out, pushed out briefly to assert after next, clear before last, ridden and kept on strongly run-in
Us And Them was engaged to run in a handicap at Navan yesterday. Ballyoisin has won eight times over fences including two Grade 2's. He was beaten when falling 2 out in this two years ago but has improved since then and won't go down without a fight. However, he has to concede weight to CILAOS EMERY and that may prove beyond him. Willie Mullins' charge, a Grade 1 winner over hurdles, has looked an outstanding prospect in his two runs over fences, beating the smart Ornua easily in a Naas Grade 3 last time and it will be a surprise if he's beaten. Great Field looked a tremendous prospect when winning his first five starts over fences but his jumping went to pieces later and he's on the redemption trail.
Ballyoisin (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Made all and jumped well, took keen hold early, pushed along 2 out, pressed before last, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Navan 2m (1) Soft - Heavy in Nov beating A Plus Tard (11-1) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Cilaos Emery (FR) 4-9fav (11-1) Tracked leader in 2nd, pecked 2nd, improved to dispute before 2 out, led 2 out, asserted before last, pushed out run-in, comfortably, won at Naas 2m (1) Soft - Heavy in Nov beating Ornua (11-12) by 9 1/2l, 4 ran.
Great Field (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Soon raced in 4th, 3rd before 5th, not go with front pair approaching 4 out, no impression and mistake next, slight mistake 2 out, soon 4th again and one pace, 4th of 6, dist behind Un De Sceaux (11-12) at Punchestown 2m (1) Yielding in Apr.
Us And Them (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Never better than mid-division, behind from 11th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 17, 31 1/4l behind Happy Diva (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (1) sft in Nov.