prominent, on terms briefly 8th, disputed lead again before straight, soon led, pushed along from 2 out, slight mistake last, headed and kept on without matching winner closing stages
prominent, slightly slow 8th, closed travelling smoothly before 3 out, under pressure from next, led and stayed on best closing stages
held up behind leaders, closed up travelling smoothly straight, pushed along from 2 out, no impression approaching last, soon weakened
led, joined briefly 8th, pressed and joined again before straight, soon pushed along and headed, no extra from 2 out, slight mistake last, kept on same pace into 3rd run-in
held up behind leaders, under pressure 10th, soon no extra in rear, pulled up before 3 out
BLOW BY BLOW will be at prohibitive odds but the Grade 1 winning bumper should have few problems getting off the mark over timber despite two defeats at Fairyhouse, the latest by just a nose. He takes a big step-up in trip but his pedigree points to him being suited. As You Were was around 12l behind in that latter event but could get closer as that was his first start since easily winning a Thurles bumper in March. Shark Saurez won a heavy-ground point at Borris House though that was in March of last year but the newcomer Cote Tete, a half-brother to Sir Des Champs, is one to keep an eye on for the future.
As You Were (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on outer, mistake and reminder 5th, dropped to 9th 3 out, soon ridden, moderate 4th at last, no impression, 4th of 25, 12 1/2l behind Discorama (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn sft in Dec.
Blow By Blow (IRE) 9-10fav (11-12) Prominent, led from 2nd, ridden and headed briefly 2 out, regained lead before last, strongly pressed inside final furlong, headed at line, 2nd of 25, shd behind Discorama (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn sft in Dec.
Cote Tete (FR) Coastal Path gelding out of Liste En Tete.
Shark Saurez (IRE) 5-4 (12-1) Pr, cl 2nd 1/2way, rdn to tr ldr apr 3out, 6l dwn sn aftr, clsr 2out, eff to jn ldr apr last, wo with gd jmp & ko best, won at Borris House 3m mdn hvy in Mar beating Stevan Steel (12-1) by 3l, 7 ran.
Bringherwithya (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Towards rear, ridden from 5f out and soon no impression, tailed off, 10th of 14, dist behind Iolani (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 1f gd in May.