held up in touch, 7th after 1st, progress 5th, chased clear leader from 7th, hit 4 out, still travelling smoothly straight, led and pushed along to lead after 2 out, flicked tail and asserted run-in, stayed on well
JARRY D'HONNEUR won three times over hurdles in France and has gained easy victories over fences at Punchestown and Navan for Willie Mullins. He ran well for a long way in a Grade 1 at Punchestown and the fact that he hasn't run since May of last year is rarely a problem for one from his yard. Art Of Payroll has the advantage of race fitness and he's reverted to chasing in very good form. His latest close second to Rogue Trader at Punchestown was his best run so far and he'll take advantage if the selection isn't ready. Dandridge won a lucrative handicap at Doncaster in January then just failed in top handicaps at Cheltenham and Aintree. He's run poorly in his two subsequent starts but a return to form would see him in the shake-up. Peoples Park scored at Ballinrobe in May and will have needed his comeback in October, though this looks tougher, while it's two years since Lough Dearg was completing a hat-trick and he's still higher in the weights.
Dandridge 16-1 (11-1) Rear, 4th at 2nd, detached at 5th, ridden after 4 out, no extra, tailed off, 4th of 5, dist behind Tell Us More (11-1) at Naas 2m (1) Good - Yielding in Nov.
Jarry D'honneur (FR) 3-10fav (11-6) Soon tracked leader in 2nd, led from 4th, not fluent 3 out and again next, ridden approaching last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Navan 2m 1f hvy in Mar beating Toubaloo (11-6) by 5l, 5 ran.
Art Of Payroll (GER) 20-1 (11-10) Mid-division, progress in 6th entering straight, ridden to challenge after 2 out, under pressure in 2nd before last, stayed on to dispute last, no extra run-in and kept on same pace in 2nd, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Rogue Trader (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp sft in Nov.
Leap Dearg (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Soon chased leaders, 5th from 4th, slight mistake 7th, one pace from before 2 out, 5th of 7, 11 1/4l behind Westerner Point (10-4) at Cork 2m 1f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Turn Over Sivola (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Towards rear, no impression from before last, 12th of 13, 25 1/2l behind Dalmatia (10-5) at Punchestown 2m hcp sft in Nov.
Empresario (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Prominent, led after 2f, under pressure and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra final furlong, 7th of 11, 5 1/4l behind Creeping Ivy (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Nov.
My Hometown (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, slight mistake 3rd, 7th halfway, pushed along and no extra in 8th after 2 out, weakened, 8th of 9, dist behind Zabana (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 3f hvy in Dec.
Peoples Park (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Soon raced in poor 4th, no impression from before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 7, dist behind Killiney Court (11-10) at Galway 2m 2f Yielding in Oct.
On The Shannon (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, challenged and slight mistake 4 out, left disputing next, soon headed and ridden, no extra 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 12 3/4l behind Rogue Trader (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp sft in Nov.
Caolaneoin (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Soon raced in 10th, headway to chase leaders straight, kept on same pace from between last 2, 8th of 14, 6 1/4l behind William Du Berlais (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Mister Hotelier (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, 6th from 5th, closed straight until no extra from 2 out, 6th of 7, 24 1/4l behind Westerner Point (10-4) at Cork 2m 1f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.