tracked leaders, ridden in 4th before 4 out, soon no impression, kept on one paced
tracked leaders, improved into 2nd before 3 out, soon ridden, no impression on winner from 2 out, kept on same pace
tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden 4 out, soon weakened quickly
held up towards rear, ridden after 4 out, moderate 6th next, went remote 5th next, no impression
led early, tracked leader in 2nd from 2nd, ridden in 3rd before 3 out, kept on one paced in 3rd from 2 out
raced 2nd early and took keen hold, led from 2nd and made rest, went clear travelling well from 3 out, well clear when bad mistake at last, stayed on strongly, not extended
always towards rear, not fluent 4th, pushed along when slight mistake 4 out, no impression
A better than average entry for this Grade 3 confined to fillies and mares though it will be a surprise if MORNING RUN loses her unbeaten record. Three times a bumper winner, she didn't have much to do to make a winning start over hurdles at Tipperary but did it well enough and is likely to be aiming high this season. She had Carrigmoorna Rock less then 2l behind when making a winning debut at Punchestown in May and she has done well over hurdles, finishing 4l in front of Hell Cat Maggie over 2m4f at Clonmel and sure to be better for her recent comeback. The latter has improved since and deserves her step-up in grade though the trip may prove on the short side. Izzini has been sent to England for all of his runs and has only been beaten twice in six starts, in the Festival Bumper at Cheltenham and when well clear and cantering when falling two out at Wetherby. The remainder will all need to do better but look capable of doing so in an interesting contest.
Hell Cat Maggie (IRE) 3-1fav (11-8) Mid-division early, soon chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to challenge 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on strongly, won at Listowel 2m 4f gd in Sep beating Ballychorus (11-12) by 6l, 11 ran.
Carrigmoorna Rock (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) Ran 5th, pushed along straight, no impression in 4th and not fluent last, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 9l behind Rich Coast (11-1) at Tipperary 2m nov hdl Grd 3 (1).
Izzini (IRE) 1-2fav (11-2) Led, clear before halfway, fell 2 out, in a race won by Conjola (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in May, 4 ran.
Leish Oscar (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, progress to lead 3 out, asserted after 2 out, easily, won at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs sft in Dec beating Drawn N Drank (11-5) by 13l, 10 ran.
Melbourne Lady 40-1 (10-9) Soon raced in moderate 2nd, closed from before straight, soon ridden and no impression, kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Little King Robin (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 2f mrs lst hdl (1) gf.
Morning Run (IRE) 4-9fav (11-7) Chased leaders, slight mistake 1st, 3rd halfway, challenged after 3 out, improved to narrow lead entering straight, ridden to assert before last, kept on well run-in, comfortably, won at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl gd beating Louise Royale (10-7) by 3 1/2l, 20 ran.
West Montan (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Led, ran freely, headed entering straight, soon no extra, weakened before last, last of 10, 30l behind Rich Coast (11-1) at Tipperary 2m nov hdl Grd 3 (1).