held up in last early, slightly hampered at 2nd and went 3rd, close 3rd and slight mistake 3 out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression on winner before last, kept on one pace
MOUNT IDA couldn't quite hold off Minella Melody in a Listed contest at Punchestown but is improving fast and can get back to winning ways. Drury was 12 lengths behind Minella Melody at Cork earlier but improved markedly when running away with a Punchestown maiden in November. These two should have it between them as Strange Notions may just need the run having not been seen since runner-up on the Flat in April. Moyode Gold has only run in bumpers and Tick Along looks completely outclassed.
Drury (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Disputed lead early, headed at 2nd, 4th 3 out, headway to lead before 2 out, travelling well and clear entering straight, pushed along before last, stayed on well, easily, won at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn sft in Nov beating Minella Encore (11-12) by 16l, 15 ran.
Mount Ida (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Soon disputed lead, pushed along straight, narrowly headed and kept on without matching winner final 150yds, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Minella Melody (10-11) at Punchestown 2m 4f lst (1) sft in Dec.
Moyode Gold (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along in 9th 5f out, no extra entering straight, 8th of 14, 19 3/4l behind Darling Daughter (11-9) at Limerick 2m Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Strange Notions (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Rear of mid-division, pushed along on outer in moderate 17th 3f out, good headway into 3rd and ridden 1 1/2f out, improved to dispute lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, headed on line, 2nd of 20, shd behind Venezia (9-9) at Navan 1m 5f hcp Yielding in Apr.
Tick Along (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Waited with, 22nd after 3rd, one pace from before straight, 17th of 23, dist behind Captain Guinness (11-9) at Navan 2m mdn sft in Dec.