led early, headed and slight mistake 4th (Ruby's Double), mistakes 8th and 10, improved to dispute lead at 15th, headed 19th, ridden in moderate 4th when bad mistake 7 out, no impression on leaders from 5 out
tracked leaders, mostly 3rd/4th, improved to dispute lead briefly 5 out, headed and ridden in 3rd next, 3rd 2 out, went 2nd at last, kept on same pace in 2nd run-in
held up in touch in last, bad mistake 4th (Ruby's Double), slow jump at 10th, off pace in last when hampered and unseated rider at 11th
always prominent, led and disputed lead from 4th, led 3 out, soon ridden, strongly pressed 2 out, stayed on well under pressure run-in
held up in touch in 5th, fell 11th
tracked leaders, improved to lead at 14th, disputed lead from 8 out, ridden and headed 3 out, 2nd next, dropped to 3rd at last, no extra
Ballycasey is different class to these having once been rated 162. However, he didn't take to these obstacles in February when tailed off behind Josies Orders and was again behind that one, though only to the tune of three lengths, in the Glenfarclas at Cheltenham. The latter, who won this a year ago, had a tough race on Thursday when surprisingly well behind Ballyboker Bridge but this shorter trip should be more to his liking. HURRICANE DARWIN was beaten eight lengths into second a year ago but only was only beaten two lengths by Josies Orders in February. He's had a break and gets plenty of weight so looks the one to be on. Blue Templar won here on Tuesday when Singing Banjo was 15 lengths away in third, Ballinasilla a close-up in fourth, Enniskillen - who was engaged here yesterday - just behind in fifth and An Rinceoir Alainn a faller. This is a better class race, however, and it will be a surprise if the winner can follow up.
Ballycasey (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, ridden after 2 out, stayed on to dispute modest 2nd when not much room last, no extra flat, 4th of 15, 25 1/2l behind Tiger Roll (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m 6f (2) sft in Mar.
Josies Orders (IRE) 8-11fav (12-7) Disputed lead early, prominent, slight mistake 22nd, mistake 6 out, no impression approaching 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 29 1/4l behind Ballyboker Bridge (11-7) at Punchestown 4m 2f gf in May.
Ballyfinboy (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Always behind, slow jumps 1st and 2nd, no impression from 4 out, slightly hampered next, pulled up before 2 out, at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp gd in Nov.
Blue Templar (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Soon prominent, on terms 21st, headed from 6 out but remained close up, led before last, stayed on well to assert run-in, won at Punchestown 3m 1f gd in Apr beating Youcannotbeserious (11-7) by 3 3/4l, 17 ran.
Hurricane Darwin (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Mid-division, 7th 7 out, went closer 5th 3 out, 3rd and slight mistake 2 out, soon pushed along, went 2nd and ridden at last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Josies Orders (12-0) at Punchestown 3m 1f gd in Feb.
Ballinasilla (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Waited with, 9th at 16th, chasing leaders in 5th when bad mistake 2 out, kept on same pace without threatening after, 4th of 17, 17l behind Blue Templar (11-7) at Punchestown 3m 1f gd in Apr.
Enniskillen (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, very slow 4th, closed up to be prominent 21st, no impression and kept on same pace from after 2 out, 5th of 17, 17 1/2l behind Blue Templar (11-7) at Punchestown 3m 1f gd in Apr.
Fergiethelegend (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Led to 11th, in touch, lost place 13th, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 11, dist behind Mcginty's Dream (10-11) at Ayr 3m hcp (5) sft in Feb.
Singing Banjo (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, no impression from after 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 17, 15 3/4l behind Blue Templar (11-7) at Punchestown 3m 1f gd in Apr.
An Rinceoir Alainn (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Waited with, slightly impeded 13th, fell 14th, at Punchestown 3m 1f gd in Apr.