tracked leader, led after 5th, headed before 15th, improved to lead at 16th, under pressure and headed before last, dropped to 3rd and ridden run-in, kept on same pace
towards rear, 11th after 12th, 9th at 17th, progress to 6th after 4 out, improved to 4th before 2 out, ridden and no impression on principals, not fluent at last, kept on one pace
YANWORTH, a top-class hurdler for Alan King and a multiple Grade 1 and 2 winner, scored twice in four starts over fences including a Grade 2 at Cheltenham. He's a new recruit to the banks fences but has joined Enda Bolger, who has won nine of the past eleven of these, and his class can see him home. Neverushacon is another having his first start over these unique obstacles but has been a tough and consistent performer over hurdles and fences and is young enough to make his mark. Peter Maher specialises in these races and like Enda Bolger has four entries. Three of the quartet have won over the course though it's the other, Hurricane Darwin, who has regularly run well but never won, who could come out best this time. Call It Magic, a very good fourth in last year's Becher at Aintree, and Gordon Elliott's Vyta Du Roc, a winner over fences at Cheltenham for Nicky Henderson, are others to note.
Ard Na Carraig 14-1 (11-3) Towards rear, headway into 10th after 3 out, ridden from 2 out, no impression, 7th of 16, 18l behind Fruits Of Glory (10-5) at Punchestown 2m 7f hcp Good - Yielding in Oct.
Ballyboker Bridge (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, led 4th, slow 6th and headed briefly, joined from 14th, led again before 3 out, asserted from 2 out, stayed on well run-in, won at Punchestown 4m 2f gf in May beating Vital Island (11-7) by 25l, 9 ran.
King's Song (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd (water), closed 13th, every chance when mistake 2 out, soon ridden and beaten, weakened flat, 4th of 5, 14 1/4l behind Ned Stark (11-11) at Perth 3m hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Neverushacon (IRE) 8-1 (12-9) 7th of 12, 22 3/4l behind Dalileo (12-9) at Leopardstown 1m 2f Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Alpha Male (FR) 11-8fav (12-2) Tracked leaders on inner, close 3rd 3 out, improved into 2nd entering straight, ridden in 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace in 2nd run-in, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Flirting Lesa (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f Good - Yielding in May.
Call It Magic (IRE) 2-1 (12-2) Ld, joined app 2out, hdd app last, stayed on well run-in, 3rd of 6, 4 1/4l behind Eddies Miracle (12-2) at Portrush 3m gs in Oct.
Enniskillen (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Waited with early, closer in 5th from 6th, led before 9th, joined from 13th, headed approaching 3 out, weakened, 9th of 11, dist behind Mac N Cheese (11-11) at Punchestown 3m hcp gd in May.
Hurricane Darwin (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Held up in touch in 5th, fell 11th, at Punchestown 3m 1f gf in May.
Like A Demon 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division, slight mistake 4 out, ridden and no extra after 3 out, weakened, 10th of 12, dist behind Ocean Glandore (11-5) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp Good - Yielding in Jun.
Lough Gur (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, niggled along 4th, pushed along 6th, never a factor, last of 15, dist behind Premier D'troice (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp Good - Yielding in Oct.
Shannon Tide (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Waited with, 11th from 3rd, no impression from 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 12, dist behind Jeremys Flame (11-5) at Listowel 2m mdn Yielding in Sep.
Singing Banjo (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Rr of mid-div, 6th 1/2way, rdn in mod 6th appr 4out, no ch from 3out, mstk next, ko onepce str, 4th of 7, 9 3/4l behind Like A Demon (11-11) at Dowth Hall 3m gs in Oct.
Square Ball (IRE) 2-1 (12-2) Ld, hdd from 5th, 1l 2nd 1/2way, disp 4out, wknd to 3rd aftr 3out, no ex in 3rd when pu bef last, at Moig South 3m mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Steelambition (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, 5th from 2nd, not always fluent jumping, 4th from 8th, lost position from 10th, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp Yielding in Oct.
Vital Island (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Waited with, took keen hold, bumped with rival after 2nd, pushed along briefly after 10th, not go with leaders 3 out, slight mistake 2 out, not fluent last and no extra, 6th of 8, 14 1/4l behind Hi Murphy (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 7f gd in May.
Vyta Du Roc (FR) 5-2 (12-2) Mid-div on inner, 5th 1/2way, 4l 3rd & rdn bef 3out, clsr in 3rd at last, ko flat, gaining on 2nd to line, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Mighty Stowaway (12-2) at Kinsale 3m Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Yanworth 20-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, slight mistake 5th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next, at Listowel 2m hcp Yielding in Sep.