led, pressed entering straight, pushed along before 2 out, headed 2 out and ridden, stayed on to press leader last, disputed and every chance run-in, no extra in 2nd close home
PEACOCKS SECRET has won three of his ten starts over fences but fallen in two of his last six. He carried a big weight when making all in a Punchestown handicap last time and will take some catching. Monatomic was a very unlucky loser on his chasing bow at Tramore where he fell at the last when clear. He hasn't quite fulfilled expectations so far though found 2m4f stretching his stamina at Fairyhouse last time. Stoneford is in the same ownership and the winning bumper/hurdler has raced over much longer trips in his two starts over fences including at Navan last time. Frankly All Talk hadn't shown much until runner-up in that latter event but both may require further than this. My Manekineko, three times a hurdles winner, had his jumping problems over fences but ran easily his best race to date at Fairyhouse a fortnight ago when runner-up to Dylrow, who then had D'bru Na Boinne behind on the same track on Saturday.
Peacocks Secret (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Led, soon went on, reduced lead halfway, went on again approaching straight, ridden and stayed on well run-in, reduced lead closing stages, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp gd in Jan beating Dundrum Lad (11-6) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Monatomic (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Towards rear, some headway 5 out, tracked leaders and close up when blundered 2 out, soon no extra, left 5th and hampered last, 5th of 7, 16 3/4l behind R'evelyn Pleasure (11-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f gd in Jan.
D'bru Na Boinne (FR) 11-4jfav (10-11) Soon narrow leader, mistake 8th, slight mistake 4 out, joined 2 out, soon headed, no extra and one pace last, 6th of 8, 7l behind Dylrow (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp Yielding in Jan.
Frankly All Talk (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 4th, slight mistake 11th, ridden in 3rd after 4 out, 4th on outer next, headway to dispute lead before 2 out, left in front briefly 2 out, soon headed, no impression on winner at last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 7, 9 1/2l behind Ah Littleluck (11-12) at Navan 3m Yielding in Jan.
My Manekineko 33-1 (11-12) Held up in last, 5th halfway, carried slightly wide before 6th, went closer 4th 3 out, pushed along in moderate 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, 3rd at last, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Dylrow (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m gd in Jan.
Stoneford (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Led, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, joined 3 out, headed before 2 out, 4th when left 3rd 2 out, soon no impression on leaders, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 12 3/4l behind Ah Littleluck (11-12) at Navan 3m Yielding in Jan.