Willie Mullins is going for this in a big way with three entries. Lagostovegas was in such good form over hurdles last summer that she was sent to Newmarket for the Cesarewitch where she finished third. She's gone well in two Grade 3's in recent months though didn't look at her best at Punchestown. The four-year-old filly STORMY ISLAND (NAP) looks a cracking prospect. A very impressive maiden winner at Fairyhouse, she's been in touch in two Grade 1's subsequently where's she's come to grief at the last when fading. This is much less daunting and Danny Mullins can steer her home. Good Thyne Tara doesn't look quite in the class of her stablemates but Creation bounced back to form with an excellent run in a Listed contest at Punchestown. Avellino didn't have much to beat at Ballinrobe but was impressive and deserves a crack at this level.
Avellino (IRE) 2-7fav (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd 3 out, improved to lead travelling strongly after 2 out, well clear before last, stayed on strongly run-in, not extended, very easily, won at Ballinrobe 2m 1f mdn hvy in May beating Warrior Assassin (11-4) by 18l, 13 ran.
Creation (FR) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 4th and slight mistake 2 out, soon ridden and disputed lead entering straight, headed before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Dawn Shadow (11-7) at Punchestown 2m lst (1) Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Flaviana (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Rear of mid-division, headway on wide outer 3 out, improved to dispute lead briefly and ridden entering straight, headed before last, no extra run-in, 4th of 25, 7 1/4l behind Park Paddocks (10-12) at Punchestown 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Glendine River (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Held up, last at 7th, progress 12th, under pressure approaching straight, kept on same pace without threatening, 7th of 14, 8 1/4l behind Castafiore Park (10-12) at Wexford 3m hcp sft in May.
Good Thyne Tara 6-1 (11-5) Held up, 7th from 3rd, improved to get on terms 3 out, headed and close 3rd approaching straight, no extra and one pace from before last, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Pravalaguna (11-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f Yielding in Apr.
Lagostovegas (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 13th of 24, 12 1/2l behind True Self (9-12) at Punchestown 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Shimmer's Rock (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 15th of 16, dist behind Dawn Shadow (11-7) at Punchestown 2m lst (1) Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Stormy Ireland (FR) 15-8fav (10-7) Led and soon went on, reduced lead and slight mistake 6th, headed approaching last where no extra when bad mistake and unseated rider, at Punchestown 2m (1) Yielding - Soft in Apr.