a little awkward at start, tracked leaders, jumped right 7th, 4th after 9th, pushed along at stages from next, under pressure from 4 out, no impression from before straight, weakened, tailed off
held up, not fluent 9th and towards rear, closed up to be prominent approaching straight, on terms from before 3 out, gained narrow lead from before 2 out where slight mistake, strongly pressed and kept on well run-in, just held on
RIVIERA SUN loves these conditions and produced a battling performance to score at Galway last month. This is his first time over a trip this far but he should be suited and his young rider's claim can help him see off Icantsay. He's another suited by the ground as he showed when scoring easily at Listowel and it will be a surprise if he's not thereabouts at the finish. Twiss's Hill finished runner-up in a Grade 3 novices' chase at Limerick in March though hasn't run subsequently while Bearly Legal doesn't appear to have progressed after a promising start over fences.
Riviera Sun (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 10th after 7th, 9th after 3 out, progress to 6th at last, stayed on strongly on inner to lead close home, driven out, won at Galway 2m 7f hcp sft in Aug beating Phil's Magic (11-0) by 3/4l, 19 ran.
Static Jack (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Mid-division, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp sft in Sep.
Icantsay (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Prominent, on terms approaching 9th, headed before 12th, squeezed for room on inner before straight, challenged from 2 out, led run-in and stayed on best to assert closing stages, won at Listowel 3m hcp hvy in Sep beating Vinnie Luck (11-13) by 5 1/2l, 8 ran.
Bearly Legal (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along after 4 out and no impression in 9th before 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 15 1/4l behind Uptake (10-2) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp Yielding in Sep.
Twiss's Hill (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Led, pushed along and joined approaching straight, soon headed, no impression between last 2, one pace, 2nd of 6, 6 1/2l behind General Principle (11-0) at Limerick 3m (1) sft in Mar.
Carole Rose (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 4 out, ridden in 6th 3 out, soon no impression, 5th of 11, 20l behind Rock On Fruity (11-2) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp sft in Sep.
Deputy's Pass (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Rear, 9th before 6th, 8th 2 out, improved to 3rd before last, no impression on leaders, kept on same pace, no threat, 3rd of 11, 15 1/4l behind A Rated (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f gd in Aug.