not fluent and impeded 1st, waited with, moderate 5th from 8th, pushed along briefly 9th, no impression 4 out, weakened, completely tailed off
chased leaders, a little awkward at 1st and a little slow in jumping at times, moderate 6th and reminders after 8th, some headway from 4 out, soon one pace
soon chased leaders, moderate 3rd from 8th, under pressure approaching 4 out, soon no extra, tailed off
close up, soon raced in 3rd, moderate 4th from 8th, under pressure from 4 out, no impression when jumped left 2 out and pecked, one pace
waited with in rear, not fluent 4th, headway from before 4 out, soon 2nd and closed, prominent and travelling smoothly approaching 2 out, soon led, quickly asserted, stayed on well run-in, easily
pushed along early, soon close up and disputed lead, headed 4th, soon raced in moderate 2nd, pushed along briefly 7th, lost position from 10th, no impression 4 out, weakened, completely tailed off
close up, bumped 1st, soon disputed lead, led 4th, soon went on, jumped slightly left 4 out, reduced lead and pressed approaching 2 out, soon headed and no impression, one pace
waited with towards rear, moderate 7th after 8th, some headway but not go with leaders 4 out, slight mistake 3 out, carried slightly left 2 out, kept on without threatening run-in
Shanklys Dawn likes good ground, this trip and has won here. She bounced back to form after a several poor efforts at Tramore but has never won from a mark this high. Canadian Steel is 0-18 but ran easily his best race over fences when runner-up over the course and distance a couple of weeks ago when Maureen's Star was a long way behind. BLUE TEMPLAR completed a double over Punchestown's banks' course at the Festival. It's a long time since he ran in handicaps over fences but he's in such good heart that it will be a surprise if he can't complete a hat-trick.
Toosey 7-1 (11-11) Towards rear, slight mistake 1st, 12th after 2nd, pulled up after 6th, at Wexford 3m 1f hcp Yielding in Apr.
Sir Ector (USA) 66-1 (11-0) Held up, pushed along in 4th before 3 out, soon no extra, left 3rd, dropped to 4th next, weakened, 4th of 5, dist behind Jury Duty (11-10) at Down Royal 3m 2f sft in Mar.
Tinnehinch (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Waited with, a little keen, 8th from 6th, not fluent 10th, reminder on inner after 13th, dropped to rear 4 out, weakened, not fluent last, tailed off, 10th of 11, dist behind Mac N Cheese (11-11) at Punchestown 3m hcp gd in May.
Blue Templar (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Always prominent, led and disputed lead from 4th, led 3 out, soon ridden, strongly pressed 2 out, stayed on well under pressure run-in, won at Punchestown 3m 1f gf in May beating Josies Orders (12-7) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Canadian Steel (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Towards rear and 8th from halfway, took closer order from 4 out and went 3rd after next, further progress into 2nd before last and soon pressed leader, ridden and no impression run-in, kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 10, 9l behind Well Joey (11-9) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp gd in May.
Shanklys Dawn (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Pushed along early and tracked leaders, headway to lead 2nd, 2 lengths lead 2 out and soon pushed along, ridden approaching last and kept on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m 6f hcp gd in May beating Thats Mypresenting (11-9) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Maureen's Star (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Chased leaders and 4th from halfway, pushed along from 3 out and no impression when bad mistake in 5th next, kept on same pace from before last, 5th of 10, 22l behind Well Joey (11-9) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp gd in May.
Mr Bolt (IRE) 7-2 (12-1) Ld til hdd 8th, 3l dwn 5out, eff to chall bef last, not match winner run-in, 2nd of 4, 2l behind Valmy Baie (12-1) at Kirkistown 3m gs in Nov.