It's difficult to see past BLACKBOW, runner-up to stable companion Tornado Flyer in last year's Champion Bumper at Punchestown, despite being beaten when long odds-on for his hurdles debut at Naas. He didn't jump particularly fluently and will have come on a bundle for the experience. Mr Lingo went for £250,000 at the sales in April 2017 after a facile victory between the flags at Dromahane and, though he has a very long absence to overcome, he's still only six and could be anything. Sizing Pottsie made a very encouraging start over hurdles at Punchestown and Jessica Harrington is certain to find a race for him soon while Belfast Banter was an easy winner for Dan Skelton at Newton Abbot in July.
Blackbow (IRE) 4-9fav (11-12) Led, slight mistake 4 out, soon joined, slight mistake 3 out, slight mistake 2 out and soon ridden into narrow lead, joined again bypassing last, headed closing stages and held, 2nd of 25, 1/2l behind Embittered (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Eltico (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Towards rear, bad mistake 2nd, ridden and no impression 2 out, soon no extra, last of 9, 37 1/2l behind Acronym (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f mdn gd in May.
Jessica's Boy (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Mid-division on inner and 5th from halfway, pushed along and weakened to 6th from 3f out, soon no extra, 6th of 9, 35 3/4l behind Fest Deiz (11-6) at Kilbeggan 2m Yielding in May.
Resurrected Duke (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on outer, took keen hold, led from 3rd, headed when bad mistake 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 8th of 14, dist behind Easywork (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hvy in Nov.
Shannon Fields (IRE) Scorpion gelding out of Native Mistress.
Sizing Pottsie (FR) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd and mistake 3 out, headway into 2nd entering straight, pushed along and disputed lead before last, ridden and headed at last, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd close home, 3rd of 22, 2 1/4l behind Cavalry Master (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn sft in Nov.
Smig Suas (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Always behind, never a factor, 17th of 18, dist behind Andy Dufresne (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Streets Of Doyen (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Waited with, 21st early, no extra from before straight, 22nd of 25, dist behind Conflated (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn sft in Nov.
A Different World (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Settled behind leaders, moderate 7th halfway, no impression before 4 out, never a danger, 8th of 25, dist behind Embittered (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Belfast Banter (IRE) 5-6fav (10-12) Tracked leader, always travelling well, led over 2f out, soon hung right on bend, drew clear final furlong, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f (5) gf in Jul beating Noel's Boy (10-12) by 7l, 11 ran.
Bread And Butter (IRE) 100-1 (11-9) Raced in 14th early, some slight mistakes, no extra from before straight, 20th of 25, dist behind Conflated (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn sft in Nov.
Captain Guinness (IRE) Arakan gelding out of Presenting D'azy.
Dreamy Leamy (IRE) 200-1 (11-7) Towards rear, mistake 3rd, never a factor, slight mistake 3 out, some late progress, 12th of 24, dist behind Front View (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn sft in Nov.
Favori Logique (FR) 50-1 (11-7) Mid-division on outer, close 7th 3 out, bumped along entering straight, never a factor, 10th of 22, 18 3/4l behind Blue Sari (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn sft in Nov.
Fiston De Becon (FR) 6-1 (11-4) Soon chased leaders, 9th approaching halfway, pushed along over 4f out, weakened from before straight, 14th of 19, dist behind Festival D'ex (11-4) at Punchestown 2m Yielding in Apr.
Highstreetfashion (IRE) 100-1 (11-8) Always behind, never a factor, 15th of 18, dist behind Andy Dufresne (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Texard (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division, slightly hampered 1st, 8th halfway, ridden and no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 24, 30 1/2l behind Front View (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn sft in Nov.
Best Intentions (IRE) Flemensfirth M out of Timolin.
Glendine Susie (IRE) Oscar M out of O'faolains Girl.
Inneen Oscar (IRE) Oscar M out of Bridge Hotel Katie.
Tick Along (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 2nd halfway, pushed along 6f out and no extra approaching straight, weakened, tailed off, 9th of 11, dist behind Asterion Forlonge (12-0) at Thurles 2m sft in Nov.
Twilight Girl (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Chsd ldrs, ld 1/2way, 2l adv bef 5out, red adv bef 2out, chall bef last where better jump, asserted early flat, kow, won at Stowlin 3m mdn gd in May beating Esthers Marvel (11-11) by 2l, 15 ran.
Nodoubtaboutthat (IRE) Oscar filly out of Echo Falls.
Mr Lingo (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Trkd ldr in 2nd, disp aftr 4th, ld frm 6out, 5l clr gng best bef last, went further clr flat, easily, won at Dromahane 3m mdn gd in Apr beating Impatient Partner (11-11) by 8l, 12 ran.