Race conditions greatly suit WESTERN VICTORY, who has been alternating between hurdles and fences having finished a close second in a Killarney Listed hurdle before a third place in the Mayo National at Ballinrobe. She could find this on the short side though main rival Make My Heart Fly was 16 lengths behind her over fences at Clonmel in October though was conceding 10lb. Ava Rose has run poorly since landing a Tramore maiden in October while Bonarc disappointed when favourite at Tramore after an easy victory in a Clonmel maiden.
Ava Rose (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, slight mistake 3rd, 3rd halfway, 2nd 4 out, 3rd 2 out, soon ridden and no extra, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 36l behind Ruaille Buaille (11-11) at Kilbeggan 2m 2f gd in Jun.
Bonarc (IRE) 2-1fav (11-7) Led, ridden 2 out, soon headed, under pressure in 2nd and slight mistake last, no extra run-in, 6th of 13, 11l behind Goulane Chosen (11-7) at Tramore 2m 1f hcp Good - Yielding in Jun.
Drumbaragh (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Keen, prominent, soon led, joined before 4 out, soon headed, lost position from next and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, at Wexford 2m 1f hcp hvy in May.
Gaelic Force (IRE) 150-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no extra 4 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out, at Wexford 2m mdn hvy in Mar.
Make My Heart Fly (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up behind leaders, 3rd halfway, improved into 2nd after 3 out, ridden and no impression on winner before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Sapphire Lady (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f sft in May.
Western Victory (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Tracked leader in 2nd and clear of remainder from 3rd, led 5 out, pushed along and headed approaching 2 out, close 4th when slight mistake last, no impression run-in, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Agent Boru (10-3) at Ballinrobe 2m 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in May.
Insouciance 250-1 (11-3) Soon towards rear, reminders 4 out, weakened after next, 12th of 14, 34 1/4l behind Miss Tempo (11-9) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn Good - Yielding in Jun.