The chasing debut of BELLSHILL has been long anticipated and the triple Grade 1 winner has an engagement in a Grade 1 at Fairyhouse in a fortnight. His latest victory in the Irish Daily Mirror at Punchestown in April suggested he could be a star over the bigger obstacles and there will be some long faces if he's beaten. Don't Touch It is a worthy opponent as he also won a Grade 1 at the Punchestown Festival. He could also take high rank amongst novice chasers this season and looks a threat. Balko Des Flos has done well in staying events over hurdles and his pedigree suggests he'll be more at home over the bigger obstacles while A Hardy Nailer is just the type his trainer does so well with and though returning from a long absence is one to keep an eye on for the future. The very progressive hurdler Be The Hero fell on his chasing debut but is another who looks certain to do better.
Ancient Highway (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Disputed early, mid-division after 2nd, towards rear and slight mistake 6th, ridden and no impression 5 out, weakened, 9th of 14, dist behind Haymount (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f sft in Nov.
Balko Des Flos (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 6th 2 out, soon no impression, 7th of 11, 21 1/4l behind Woodland Opera (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f Good - Yielding in Apr.
Bellshill (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, progress into 7th 3 out, ridden into 4th entering straight, stayed on to narrow lead before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Punchestown 3m (1) Good - Yielding in Apr beating Coney Island (11-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Boite A Musique (IRE) 40-1 (11-6) Always rear, never a factor, detached after 3 out, weakened, completely tailed off, 15th of 16, dist behind Capture The Drama (10-13) at Galway 2m 7f hcp Yielding in Oct.
Don't Touch It (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway into close 3rd 2 out, pushed along and disputed lead entering straight, ridden to lead before last, strongly pressed and headed narrowly inside final furlong, rallied to regain lead close home, won at Punchestown 2m (1) Good - Yielding in Apr beating Petit Mouchoir (11-12) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Fiddlers Way (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, 6th from 2nd, 8th from 8th, went 2nd approaching straight, challenged and on terms 2 out, carried slightly left between last 2, close 2nd at last, kept on well run-in without quite matcing winner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind The Grey Guy (10-9) at Clonmel 3m hcp sft in Mar.
Follow The Sign (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Led and soon 10 lengths clear, mistake 3rd, jumped big 4th, slow jump 5th, reduced advantage 6th, headed after 7th, dropped to 3rd 4 out, almost refused 3 out, soon weakened to moderate 6th, pulled up before 2 out, at Limerick 2m 1f hvy in Mar.
Larry Capri (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Mid-division, 7th after 8th, ridden and no impression in 5th from 3 out, last of 9, dist behind Shake It Up (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 7f mdn gd in May.
Paper Lantern (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Soon behind in rear, jumped left 3rd and reminder, never a factor, 8th of 9, dist behind Prickly (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m sft in Nov.
Uncle Danny (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, fell at 4th, at Naas 2m 3f Yielding - Soft in Nov.
A Hardy Nailer (IRE) 1-2fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, a little keen, jumped slightly left 2nd and 3rd, 4th 3 out, chased winner and under pressure before next, no impression run-in, kept on same pace,, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Emcon (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Apr.
Girly Girl (IRE) 9-2 (10-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, soon towards rear, headway before 3 out, led 3 out, ridden and headed before last, no extra and lost 2nd place run-in, 3rd of 7, 8 3/4l behind Rons Dream (11-4) at Ayr 3m hcp (2) sft in Apr.
Be The Hero (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd when fell 7th, at Down Royal 2m 4f gd in Nov.