held up in rear, ridden in last 3 out, some progress entering straight, 6th 2 out, no extra
prominent, disputed lead briefly after 4th, ridden in 2nd entering straight, disputing 2nd at last, weakened run-in
held up towards rear, ridden 3 out, soon no impression, never a factor
made virtually all, joined briefly after 4th, went clear from 2 out, mistake at last, ridden run-in, stayed on well under pressure
tracked leaders, lost place after 3 out, soon ridden, weakened from 2 out
held up in touch, closer in 5th 3 out, ridden in close 5th next, close enough 5th at last, no extra run-in
tracked leaders, close 4th 3 out, soon ridden, 3rd next, disputing 2nd at last, kept on same pace in 3rd inside final furlong
held up in touch, ridden 3 out, 7th next, no extra
tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, close 4th and ridden on outer next, disputing 2nd at last, kept on in 2nd inside final furlong
Denis Hogan is a brilliant placer of his horses and looks to have found another opportunity for LUKE'S BENEFIT, who won over hurdles at Fairyhouse last month and completed a double over fences at Punchestown on New Year's Eve. He's in such good heart that a 6lb penalty looks manageable and a hat-trick beckons. Treat Yourself was conceding 12lb to the selection when beaten seven lengths over hurdles at Thurles in February so the revised weights put him in with a shout on his handicap debut over fences. Golden Ticket landed a novices' handicap here in November but was very disappointing when strongly fancied at Navan a month later. Worldor has won twice over timber but hasn't shown much so far over fences, though he makes his handicap bow here.
Ballyfinboy (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Towards rear, closer order 5 out, soon 8th, no impression and kept on same pace straight, 6th of 10, 29l behind The Amarillo Kid (10-7) at Cork 2m gd in Oct.
Churchfield Champ (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Soon mid-division, improved to chase leaders into straight, weakened last, 19th of 28, well behind Rockyaboya (10-3) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec.
Mr Goodenough (IRE) 6-1 (10-1) Mid-division on outer, 7th halfway, pushed along 3 out and no impression in 10th approaching straight, no extra and behind when pulled up run-in, dismounted, in a race won by Goonyella (10-0) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Apr, 19 ran.
Luke's Benefit (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Always prominent, led after 3 out, went clear and ridden after next, stayed on well run-in, won at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec beating Kennoway (10-12) by 7l, 10 ran.
Worldor (FR) 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, soon ridden, moderate 6th next, no impression, 6th of 11, well behind Ned Buntline (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chs sft in Dec.
Character Actor (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Towards rear, headway into 7th 4 out, ridden and no extra next, 9th of 16, 37l behind Daring Article (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs in Dec.
Knocklong (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up, pecked 2nd, 3rd and not fluent, moderate 7th halfway, 6th 5 out, pushed along and no impression 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Uncle Tom Cobley (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 sft in Apr, 8 ran.
Golden Ticket (AUS) 2-1fav (10-10) Soon chased leaders, 4th after 5 out, 7th before straight, weakened 3 out, 10th of 15, well behind Oscars Business (10-7) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 in Dec.
Treat Yourself (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, moderate 4th until moderate 3rd from 5 out, pushed along in moderate 2nd approaching straight, closed from before 2 out, no impression in 3rd when slightly hampered last and left 2nd again, kept on same pace,, 2nd of 6, 11l behind Is Herself About (11-5) at Clonmel 2m beg chs gd in Dec.