towards rear, not fluent 3rd, took closer order from 5 out, left in 2nd from 3 out
towards rear, not fluent 3rd, mistake 6th, pushed along and no impression from 3 out, pulled up before next
mid-division and 7th halfway, took closer order from 5 out and left in front 3 out, ridden and dropped to 4th before 2 out where mistake, no extra and weakened
always towards rear, not fluent 3rd, pushed along and no impression from 3 out, pulled up before next
led and disputed early before settling behind leaders, dropped to 10th after 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out
towards rear, 9th when hampered and unseated rider 3 out
chased leaders, 4th when hampered and brought down 3 out
led and disputed early, not fluent 2nd, led before 6th, still in front when fell 3 out
chased leaders and 3rd halfway, hampered 3 out, improved to lead before next and kept on best under pressure run-in
mid-division, left 5th 3 out, ridden and no impression next where jumped left, kept on well into 3rd run-in, not threatening principals
mid-division, slightly hampered 3 out, soon improved into 4th, ridden in 2nd before last and kept on well run-in without matching winner
led and disputed early, dropped to 2nd before 6th, still 2nd when hampered and brought down 3 out
mid-division and 9th halfway, pushed along and left in 7th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next
BLACK SCORPION (NAP) was given a positive ride when scoring comfortably at Clonmel and this looks no tougher despite a 7lb rise so he can go in again. Flemenstorm appears to have been affected by a fall when in touch at Punchestown as he didn't run up to that form at Thurles though he has an obvious chance at his best. Dual winning hurdler Tongie was beaten a long way when gaining his first place over fences at Tramore and though Aranhill Rascal won here in May he's been badly out of form. The lightly-raced Hand Of The King has shown some potential and may snatch a place at a fair price.
Black Scorpion (IRE) 5-2fav (11-2) Chased leaders, 5th after 2nd, soon 4th, 3rd approaching straight, on terms from before 2 out, soon led and left clear, stayed on well from before last, won at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hvy in Dec beating Just Get Cracking (11-10) by 9l, 9 ran.
Positive Approach (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, several slight mistakes, trailing from 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hvy in Mar.
Crosshue Boy (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up, 12th approaching 4th, pushed along 7th, no extra into straight, not fluent 3 out, 13th of 15, dist behind Diamond Cauchois (10-12) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hvy in Dec.
Flemenstorm (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Towards rear, 5th at 7th, no impression in 6th before 2 out, no extra, 6th of 8, 16 1/2l behind Fitzhenry (11-4) at Thurles 2m 4f hcp hvy in Dec.
Capture The Drama (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Soon led narrowly, disputed at 3rd, led before 4th, 2nd at 7th, soon disputed, 3rd 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 18, dist behind Simple Steps (10-7) at Thurles 3m 1f hcp hvy in Dec.
Tongie (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Disputed lead, led from 4th, slight mistake next, ridden after 3 out, headed approaching 2 out, soon no extra in 3rd, 3rd of 13, 22 3/4l behind Ardera Cross (11-12) at Tramore 2m 5f hvy in Dec.
Captain Bizarro (IRE) 7-2 (12-2) Twrds rr until clsr in 7th frm 8th, mod 5th & no ex 3out, 5th 2out & pu bef last, at Boulta 3m in Dec.
Hand Of The King (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Soon tracked leader, slight mistake 3rd and pushed along, dropped to last from 4th and not a factor after, completely tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, at Listowel 2m 4f hvy in Sep.
Patsio (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 6th, soon raced in 3rd, on terms approaching 3 out, headed and 3rd approaching straight, soon no extra, 6th of 10, 33 1/4l behind Surrogate Lad (10-1) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp sft in Nov.
Instant Smile (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 9th of 16, dist behind Erkindale Lady (10-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Aranhill Rascal (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Rear, niggled along in 11th after 7th, dropped to rear and reminders after 8th, no impression in 8th 2 out, weakened and pulled up after last, at Galway 2m 7f hcp hvy in Oct.
Jonathan Wild (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division early, 7th from 7th, no extra and pulled up approaching 3 out, at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Rightback Atya (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Led, joined before 10th, headed before 4 out, on terms approaching straight, soon led again, joined from before 2 out where just headed and fell, at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hvy in Dec.