tracked leaders in 4th, ridden along 4f out, soon no impression
mid-division, closer in 4th entering straight, soon ridden, 3rd briefly 1 1/2f out, soon no impression in 4th
tracked leader in 2nd, improved to lead over 2f out, ridden along 1 1/2f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, easily
tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden in 3rd entering straight, 2nd 2f out, no impression on winner final furlong, dropped to 3rd near finish
always towards rear, ridden 3f out, soon no impression, never a factor
rear of mid-division, progress into 5th entering straight, soon ridden, ridden 3rd 2f out, 3rd and no impression on winner final furlong, kept on to go 2nd near finish
always behind, ridden along in last halfway, soon weakened, completely tailed off
led, ridden entering straight, headed 2f out, soon weakened
mid-division and took keen hold, progress on outer entering straight, soon ridden, 5th 1f out, no extra
Willie Mullins had a trio of entries at the early stage and it's AU QUART DE TOUR who represents the stable. An odds-on chance for his debut between the flags at Dromahane in April, he was very impressive and the superbly bred five-year-old should have a big future. Cogryhill also started odds-on for his debut between the flags at Corbeagh House in November and duly obliged. He's another who was quickly snapped up by major owners and could be anything. Wes Hardin was a short-priced favourite for his racecourse debut at Down Royal just over a year ago but was well beaten in third though the form has worked out quite well. Paul Nolan's newcomer Tuzo is from a smart jumping family and is one to note for the future.
Sevenkings (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Towards rear, 9th approaching halfway, pushed along over 5f out, no extra 4f out, 9th of 10, well behind Merry Westerner (11-9) at Limerick 2m 2f NH flat hvy in Dec.
Wes Hardin (IRE) 5-4fav (11-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, progress into 3rd 6f out, led over 4f out, ridden and challenged 2f out, soon headed, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 19l behind Twentytwo's Taken (11-4) at Down Royal 2m NH flat sft in Dec '13.
Au Quart De Tour (FR) 4-5 (11-9) Chsd ldrs, 3rd 1/2way, chall 5out, ld 4out, sl adv & gng best 2out, row to go clr from last, v impressive, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gs in Apr beating Globalisation (11-9) by 5l, 11 ran.
Cogryhill (IRE) 4-5 (11-9) Tr ldr in 3rd, left 2nd 2out, ld last, kow run-in, won at Corbeagh House 3m ire ptp sft in Nov beating Minmore Lodge (11-9) by 3l, 4 ran.
Declan The Brickie (IRE) Morozov gelding out of Our Julia.
Tuzo (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Islands Sister.
Cille Cormac (IRE) Gold Well mare out of Olde Kilcormac.
Strandfield Queen (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Led, pressed from 4f out, headed 3f out, ridden from over 2f out and soon no extra, 7th of 10, well behind The Gatechecker (11-6) at Limerick 2m NH flat hvy in Dec.
Flaviana (IRE) Flemensfirth mare out of Saddlers Green.