raced in 7th early, mistake 2nd, improved to chase leader from before straight, challenged from before 2 out, soon on terms, led between last 2 and edged slightly right, kept on run-in, just held on, demoted to 2nd
close up, soon disputed lead, slightly awkward at 5th and led, pressed from before 2 out, soon joined, headed between last 2 and impeded, switched left, rallied and stayed on well run-in, just failed, promoted to 1st
Landofhopeandglory lost his unbeaten record to Bapaume in a Leopardstown Grade 2 after beating him narrowly here earlier. He was conceding 3lb and only beaten just over a length and collateral form puts him about level with DINARIA DES OBEAUX. Gordon Elliott's filly finished 7l behind Bapaume when the latter was runner-up in the Grade 1 Spring Hurdle at Leopardstown but that was only her second run over timber and she looks to have the scope to go on to better things. Ex Patriot was a further 5l behind in that latter event and may do better over further while Prospectus was a long way behind Landofhopeandglory at Leopardstown. The selection's stable companion Mengli Khan was only a length behind Ex Patriot here last month when conceding 5lb and looks to have a very bright future.
Landofhopeandglory (IRE) 9-4 (11-1) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 1st, moderate 4th from 3rd, soon chased clear leader, closed to challenge straight, kept on same pace run-in and just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Bapaume (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m (1) Yielding in Dec.
Amaulino (FR) 7-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders on outer, 2nd 4 out, led briefly entering straight, ridden and headed 3 out, moderate 3rd and left 2nd at last, no extra in 3rd again inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 9 1/4l behind Thirsty Work (11-9) at Navan 2m Yielding - Soft in Jan.
Bobabout (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leader in 2nd and soon clear of remainder, ran freely, not fluent 4th, pushed along and no impression on winner 2 out, soon no extra, 3rd of 6, 18 3/4l behind Yaha Fizz (11-6) at Naas 2m sft in Feb.
Champagne Pat (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Towards rear, moderate 7th at 6th where slight mistake and reminders, no impression approaching straight, soon no extra, 6th of 8, 31 1/2l behind Prospectus (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m Yielding - Soft in Jan.
Ex Patriot (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Held up, 7th after 3rd, went moderate 5th approaching straight, disputed moderate 3rd and not fluent last, one pace, 5th of 8, 14 3/4l behind Mega Fortune (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m (1) sft in Feb.
Mengli Khan (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, closed up 3 out, challenged next, slight mistake last, kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Ex Patriot (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn sft in Jan.
Sword Fighter (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up, bumped at 2nd, 6th after 3rd, slight mistake 4th, not fluent next, under pressure 3 out, soon in rear and no extra, not fluent last, last of 8, dist behind Mega Fortune (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m (1) sft in Feb.
Charms Bracelet (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 6th after 3rd where not fluent, not fluent next, moderate 4th when slight mistake last, one pace, 6th of 20, 12 3/4l behind I See You Well (11-7) at Naas 2m mdn Yielding - Soft in Jan.
Dinaria Des Obeaux (FR) 10-3 (10-7) Prominent, 2nd after 3rd, soon 3rd, pushed along from 3 out, bad mistake 2 out, dropped to moderate 4th approaching straight, slight mistake last where disputed moderate 3rd, one pace, 3rd of 8, 10 1/2l behind Mega Fortune (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m (1) sft in Feb.
Prospectus 3-1 (11-0) Held up, soon raced in 6th, pushed along from 3 out, improved to chase leaders in 4th approaching straight, chased leader 2 out, stayed on well run-in to lead from 100yds out, won at Fairyhouse 2m Yielding - Soft in Jan beating Dakota Moirette (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.