tracked leaders, mistake 2nd and not always fluent jumping after, 4th approaching 5th, soon 3rd, challenged between horses between last 2, led inside final furlong, stayed on well to assert closing stages
Despite having to carry a penalty for his two victories on the Flat, BATTS ROCK looks to have been found a simple opportunity to lose his maiden tag over timber. Gordon Elliott's charge has had six runs over timber, all at around the minimum trip, and hasn't been finding much at the business end but the opposition here looks weak. His stable companion Killinkere was well beaten in a bumper here a couple of weeks ago while Ificudiwud, a winner between the flags, will probably need further and softer ground. The four-year-old Hewick failed to finish in three point-to-points but showed some potential on his hurdling debut at Tramore and won't need to improve much to get into contention.
Batts Rock (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Led early, prominent, 3rd before 3rd, 2nd and clear of remainder approaching straight, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Authorized Art (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mdn gd in May.
Aloysius Parker (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Always behind, took keen hold, slight mistakes 1st and 2nd, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, last of 7, dist behind Count Simon (11-5) at Down Royal 3m gd in May.
Ask Cory (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Waited with, soon towards rear, never a factor, 17th of 24, dist behind Discordantly (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn Good - Yielding in Apr.
Doubi The Risk (FR) 5-1 (11-11) Alw in rr, trailing when pu 4out, at Stradbally 3m mdn gd in Apr.
Eileens Boy (IRE) 100-1 (12-0) Raced in rear, pushed along in 5th from 4f out and soon no impression, 6th of 7, 36 1/4l behind Legacy Thor (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 1f gd in May.
Ificudiwud (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Mid-division early, 8th after halfway, no impression from under 4f out, weakened and pulled up straight, at Wexford 2m 4f Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Killinkere (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Chased leaders early, soon dropped to mid-division and 5th from halfway, pushed along in closer 3rd over 4f out, soon ridden and dropped to 5th, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 5th of 7, 24 1/4l behind Legacy Thor (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 1f gd in May.
Sole Vision (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Rr of mid-div early, mstk 5th, last 1/2way, detd 5out & pu 3out, at Kirkistown 3m mdn Soft - Heavy in Mar.
The Rubinator (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Waited with, 8th approaching halfway, improved into 3rd approaching straight, soon 4th, no impression when switched left 1 1/2f out, wandered about and one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 22 1/2l behind Dlauro (12-0) at Punchestown 2m gd in May.
Hewick (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Towards rear on outer, slight mistake 1st, some headway after 3 out, pushed along in 7th approaching last where slight mistake, kept on run-in, 5th of 14, 12 3/4l behind Princess Vega (11-0) at Tramore 2m mdn gd in May.
Lucky Road (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Mid-division on outer, pushed along and no impression after 3 out, no extra after next, 8th of 14, 20 3/4l behind Princess Vega (11-0) at Tramore 2m mdn gd in May.
Paul Patterson (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, 7th from halfway, took closer order on outer and slightly bumped 3 out, ridden in 4th from 2 out and soon no impression, dropped to 5th run-in, 5th of 14, 21 3/4l behind Lethal Steps (11-7) at Sligo 2m 2f mdn Good - Yielding in Apr.
Tomeric (FR) 100-1 (11-7) Waited with, 10th from 3rd, one pace straight, 10th of 21, 31 1/4l behind Foveros (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn Good - Yielding in May.
Orena Bay (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, not fluent 4 out, pushed along in 8th after 2 out, ridden and no impression from last, 7th of 9, 14 1/2l behind Seeyouinvinnys (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 6f mdn gd in May.
Topographical (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Soon mid-division, under pressure after 3 out and no impression, 13th of 18, 37 1/4l behind Carrie Des Champs (11-7) at Tipperary 2m mdn gd in May.
Ya Know (IRE) Erewhon gelding out of I Don't Know.
Ballymac Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division on inner, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 12th of 20, 24 1/4l behind Calicojack (11-4) at Down Royal 2m mdn gd in May.
Javoski (IRE) 6-1 (12-2) Rr of mid-div, 8th 1/2way, wknd twrds rr bef 4out, bhnd when fell bef 3out, at Stowlin 3m mdn gd in May.