in rear, pushed along from 4 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace without threatening run-in into 3rd closing stages
slight mistake 1st, raced in 2nd, not fluent 7th and joined for 2nd, soon 3rd, pushed along 3 out and soon joined for 3rd, 3rd again and slight mistake 2 out, soon no impression, no extra and mistake last, weakened
raced in 4th, took keen hold, slight mistake 4 out, disputed 3rd approaching straight, pushed along approaching 2 out where 4th again and no impression, soon weakened
led, went on from 4th, reduced lead from 7th, not fluent 4 out, slight mistake 3 out, bad mistake 2 out, soon pressed and ridden, stayed on well run-in to assert closing stages
jumped right 1st, soon raced in 3rd, 2nd from 7th, ridden from 2 out, kept on same pace without matching winner run-in
This has been won by some nice types but neither Chute Hall nor Ridestan have done enough to suggest they can join them. The remaining trio look closely matched though Cliffside Park will need to improve again after failing to find a finishing burst at Cork when strongly fancied after his Clonmel victory. Snow Falcon looked a smart prospect when landing a Navan maiden in January and he followed that with a fine run in the Neptune at Cheltenham. He's a real staying type and wasn't suited by a small field on his reappearance at Navan when odds-on and can do much better. However, DAISY'S GIFT continues to make progress despite her age and comes here in excellent form having conceded weight to her stablemate Whiteout at Gowran where she showed a fine attitude. She can follow up before going on to better things.
Chute Hall (IRE) 6-1fav (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, slight mistakes, 14th halfway, pushed along and no extra after 3 out, completely tailed off, 12th of 17, dist behind Tomcoole Lad (9-13) at Galway 2m 7f hcp Yielding in Oct.
Daisy's Gift (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) Settled 3rd, 4th at 4th, 5th at 5th, travelled well in 4th after 4 out, headway to be on terms on outer 2 out, driven to lead narrowly at last, strongly pressed, ridden out, kept on best, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f lst (1) gd in Oct beating Whiteout (10-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Ridestan (IRE) 6-1fav (9-13) Soon led, 2nd halfway, led narrowly approaching straight, soon driven and headed, ridden 2f out, weakened, no extra final furlong, 11th of 15, 30 1/2l behind Tawseef (9-10) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp Yielding in Sep.
Snow Falcon (IRE) 1-2fav (11-5) Held up at slow pace, soon 4th, closed 7th in 3rd when tempo increased, on terms approaching straight, not fluent 3 out, pecked slightly 2 out, just led last, headed and dropped to 3rd run-in, one pace,, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Casual Approach (11-1) at Navan 2m 6f gd in Sep.
Cliffside Park (IRE) 4-1fav (11-10) Chased leaders, jumped into hindquarters of leader and hampered 3rd, 3rd halfway, close up and ridden 3 out, under pressure in 4th 2 out, 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Wate And Sea (11-3) at Cork 2m hcp gd in Oct.