tracked leaders, disputed lead from 6th, bad mistake 12th, led from 5 out, went clear 2 out, ridden entering straight, strongly pressed approaching last, no extra and headed close home
Gordon Elliott reaches for the blinkers for UNIC DE BERSY, despite the eight-year-old's superb effort when just failing to concede two stone to the in-form Witness Of Fashion at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day. The trip and ground suit him well and he can gain compensation at the main expense of Court Frontier. The former useful point-to-pointer and hunter easily scored over hurdles at Fairyhouse in November then found 2m5f too short over fences at Leopardstown and will make a bold bid with his weight allowance from the selection. Bearly Legal was in fine form last spring though he's yet to prove he stays this far and conditions will be very testing. Baie Des Iles had some smart form in France and should be starting to improve soon for new connections with Derek O'Connor a positive booking.
Unic De Bersy (FR) 8-1 (12-1) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, progress to challenge 2 out, ridden in 2nd before last, every chance run-in, headed by winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Witness Of Fashion (9-10) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp hvy in Jan.
Baie Des Iles (FR) 16-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, ridden in 10th 3 out, no impression before next, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 14 3/4l behind Prince Of Scars (11-10) at Navan 2m 7f hcp sft in Nov.
Bearly Legal (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 4th on outer halfway, ridden to go 3rd at last, under pressure and kept on one pace run-in, 2nd of 12, 5 1/2l behind Clar Na Mionn (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp hvy in Dec.
Kylecrue (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Chased leaders early, under pressure in last from 5th, no impression from 4 out, soon pulled up, at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hvy in Dec.
Court Frontier (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders on outer, 7th halfway, dropped to 11th before 3 out, ridden and some progress entering straight, 6th at last, kept on to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 7 3/4l behind Clar Na Mionn (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp hvy in Dec.
Kalico Kalista (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along and no extra approaching 4 out, weakened, pulled up before 2 out, at Thurles 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Dec.