prominent, challenged straight and led before 2 out, soon narrowly headed, every chance and kept on well run-in, just denied
held up, 8th at 6th, no impression from before straight
led, went on approaching 4 out, reduced lead and headed before 2 out, no extra when not fluent last
mid-division early, 7th at 6th, chased leaders but no impression straight, one pace
soon towards rear, no impression after 4 out
prominent, mistake 4 out, no extra and one pace straight
held up, soon in rear, no impression 4 out, pulled up before 2 out
soon chased leaders, 5th at 6th, lost place approaching 4 out, soon no impression, pulled up before 2 out
soon tracked leaders, 4th at 6th, improved to challenge straight, gained narrow lead after 2 out, kept on well run-in to just prevail
mid-division early, 6th at 6th, not fluent 4 out, slight mistake 3 out, soon no impression, mistake and unseated rider last
held up, 9th at 6th, not fluent 12th, some headway to chase leaders but no impression straight, one pace
Leading owner J P McManus has four entries here, all with chances. Rock On Fruity has been in good form with a narrow defeat over a trip much too short in a Roscommon Grade 3 the highlight. Close Shave makes his handicap debut over fences after showing his liking for this trip at Thurles though COEUR JOYEUX may prove best of the quartet. An easy winner on heavy going at Sligo, he was in touch when falling at the last at Galway before finding 2m4f just too short at Clonmel. White Arm is another for the owner and though having a long absence to overcome he was in fine form in the spring and his trainer knows how to get one ready. Velocity Boy gained his only victory over fences with an impressive performance here in February while First To Boogie arrives in winning form after scoring at Naas last week where he was always travelling well before being left clear at the last. Laid Back Luke is another with chances in a wide-open handicap.
Sumos Novios (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Mid-division, 6th halfway, pushed along on inner 2 out and went 4th last, no impression run-in, kept on one pace, 3rd of 18, 11 3/4l behind Abolitionist (11-1) at Naas 3m hcp Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Texas Jack (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders when mistake and unseated rider 1st, at Naas 3m hcp Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Velocity Boy (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) In rear, not fluent 4th, slight mistake 6th, closer order from next, pushed along briefly approaching 4 out, mistake and no impression next, no extra after, 4th of 5, dist behind Bentelimar (11-4) at Wexford 2m 4f sft in Jun.
Full Cry (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Towards rear, headway 3 out, prominent approaching straight, gained narrow lead and every chance run-in, kept on well, just denied at line, 2nd of 8, shd behind Tesseract (11-0) at Wexford 2m 4f hcp hvy in Oct.
Mick The Jiver 3-1fav (11-8) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and lost place entering straight, no impression in 10th 2 out, kept on one pace, 12th of 18, 23 1/4l behind Carrigready (11-6) at Thurles 2m 7f hcp Yielding in Oct.
Close Shave 9-4 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight, under pressure in 3rd before last, stayed on into 2nd last, kept on well run-in to lead closing stages, won at Thurles 2m 6f Yielding in Oct beating Adimelo (11-12) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Laid Back Luke (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Prominent, slight mistake 1st, led before 3rd, pressed approaching straight, soon headed and no extra, 4th of 12, 11 3/4l behind Goulane Chosen (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f sft in Nov.
Static Jack (IRE) 3-1jfav (10-13) Chased leaders, slight mistake 4th, 7th approaching straight, kept on same pace from before 2 out, 4th of 8, 9 1/4l behind Tesseract (11-0) at Wexford 2m 4f hcp hvy in Oct.
Coeur Joyeux (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Mid-division early, held up, improved into 5th approaching straight, chased leaders and not fluent 2 out, kept on well run-in into 2nd at line without reaching winner, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Goulane Chosen (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f sft in Nov.
White Arm (FR) 11-2fav (9-13) Mid-division, 7th at 10th, closed up approaching straight, challenged 2 out, soon led, joined last, quickly headed and no extra, one pace, 2nd of 19, 5l behind Whatareudoingtome (9-10) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp Good - Yielding in Apr.
First To Boogie (IRE) 4-1fav (11-5) Mid-division, headway into 5th 4 out, went 2nd and ridden 2 out, improved to dispute lead when left well clear at last, kept on well run-in, won at Naas 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov beating Red River Gold (11-1) by 12l, 13 ran.
Rock On Fruity (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Rear, not fluent in 12th at 7th, mistake and unseated rider at 8th, at Limerick 3m hcp sft in Oct.