chased leaders, 4th halfway, dropped to 7th 4 out, ridden and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace straight
always rear, trailing 4 out, completely tailed off
mid-division, ridden into 4th entering straight, no impression before last, kept on one pace
chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra entering straight
held up towards rear, ridden into 5th entering straight, no impression before last, kept on one pace
chased leader in 2nd, slight mistake 5th, ridden in 3rd entering straight, kept on same pace from before last
unseated rider before start, settled mid-division, progress into 4th 3 out, 3rd next, travelled well in 2nd entering straight, led last, ridden and kept on well run-in
chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 2 out, no extra entering straight, slight mistake last
led, clear briefly early, slight mistake 6th, mistake 2 out and ridden, strongly pressed before last, headed last, kept on same pace run-in
Abolitionist has won three times over hurdles and though preferring quick ground he's run well in these conditions. See Double You is better over fences these days while War Of The Pennys has run poorly on his last two starts. King Vuvuzela hasn't run over hurdles for a long time but is on a 15lb lower mark than fences so has to be considered. Top Spin isn't a prolific winner but this sort of trip and ground should bring out the best in him. Lite Duties was beaten a head at Limerick in April and though failing to sparkle in two recent runs any money for him should be noted. CROWDED ROOM (NAP) was in good form over fences in the spring and reappeared a fortnight ago over hurdles over a trip much too short. He's looking very well handicapped over timber and Mark Flanagan's claim is a bonus so he gets the nod.
Abolitionist (IRE) 13-2 (10-3) Ran 5th, moderate 6th halfway, improved to 4th 4 out, pushed along into 2nd before 2 out, soon driven, dropped to 4th at last, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 7l behind Give Me A Break (10-8) at Naas 2m 4f hcap hdle Grd C.
Troll D'Oudairies (FR) 11-4fav (11-12) Tracking leaders on inner when blundered badly at 2nd, lost considerable ground and pulled up before next, in a race won by Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
War Of The Pennys (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, last 5 out, some modest progress under pressure 3 out, remote 4th next, no impression, 4th of 7, 41l behind Bank Bonus (10-4) at Wexford 2m 4f cond hcap hdle gd in Oct.
Top Spin (IRE) 3-1fav (11-8) Held up, 8th after 4th, went close 3rd 3 out, 2nd 2 out, dropped to 3rd again and no impression straight, one pace, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Buster Dan Dan (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in Oct.
King Vuvuzela (IRE) 13-2 (10-4) Held up towards rear, mistake 6th, ridden into 10th and no impression entering straight, kept on run-in, 5th of 15, 10l behind Orpheus Valley (10-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs in Apr.
Dom Lukka (FR) 16-1 (11-4) With leaders, took keen hold, loosing place when blundered badly 6th, 11th of 13, well behind George Fernbeck (10-11) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Lite Duties (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, no danger when impeded 2 out, one pace, 8th of 15, 30l behind Burning Issues (11-8) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Crowded Room (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Towards rear, 13th 4 out, some progress to 11th 2 out, stayed on well from last to 6th, never on terms, 6th of 15, 10l behind Black Spot On (11-3) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-116.
Samanntom (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Towards rear, progress from 4 out, checked on inner before 3 out, ridden in 6th next, went 4th before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 17l behind Never Said That (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.
See Double You (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Towards rear, 14th 4 out, moderate 13th 2 out, never a factor, 13th of 15, 42l behind Black Spot On (11-3) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-116.