rear of mid-division, slightly hampered at 9th, mistake 10th, progress to 3rd 3 out, disputed lead and left in front 2 out, clear when rider steered horse right approaching last and ran out through wing
mid-division, reminder 3rd, 4th at next, mistake 9th, dropped to 11th and ridden 4 out, moderate 9th when badly hampered and went badly right 2 out, left moderate 6th approaching last, 5th at last, kept on without threatening winner to go 2nd close home
in rear and off pace, pushed along 5 out, ridden in 9th after 3 out, moderate 10th and left 8th 2 out, left moderate 6th approaching last, kept on without threatening go to 4th close home
mid-division, 7th 3 out, ridden in 4th on inner entering straight, 5th when left 3rd 2 out, no impression on leaders in 3rd before last, left in front and slightly hampered approaching last, kept on run-in
Al Boum Photo tends to treat the fences with scant respect but is very smart when getting his act together, as he did when beating Shattered Love a length over 2m4f at Fairyhouse. He was held when falling in the RSA at Cheltenham, where MONALEE (NAP) finished runner-up to Presenting Percy, and was also beaten by Henry De Bromhead's charge in the Grade 1 Flogas at Leopardstown. The winner looks more likely to stay the trip and gets the nod though Finian's Oscar, runner-up in the Champion Novice Hurdle here a year ago, bounced back to his best at Aintree after finishing a long way behind Shattered Love in the JLT at the Festival. Rathvinden won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham so stamina won't be an issue and he could stay on into a place when others have cried enough.
Al Boum Photo (FR) 11-2 (11-10) Prominent, not fluent 7th, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 4 out, challenged under pressure run-in, soon led, stayed on best, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f (1) Soft - Heavy in Apr beating Shattered Love (11-3) by 1l, 9 ran.
Dounikos (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, slightly impeded 7th, 5th from 12th, no extra and pulled up before 16th, at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp hvy in Apr.
Finian's Oscar (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) In touch, pushed along after 11th, soon outpaced and in rear, kept on to challenge last, led towards finish, held on well, won at Aintree 2m 4f (1) gs in Apr beating Rene's Girl (10-11) by 2l, 6 ran.
Invitation Only (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Soon tracked leaders, 4th halfway, effort straight, kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Al Boum Photo (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f (1) Soft - Heavy in Apr.
Jury Duty (IRE) 4-1fav (11-6) Held up towards rear, not fluent 7th, headway before 18th, chasing leaders 21st, struggling to stay in touch 3 out, soon weakened, unseated rider, at Cheltenham 4m (1) sft in Mar.
Monalee (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, went 2nd after 7th, led 3 out, headed when mistake 2 out, no impression on winner last, kept on and well clear of rest, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Presenting Percy (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m sft in Mar.
Monbeg Notorious (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Soon chased leaders, 5th 6 out, no extra from 3 out, 8th of 30, dist behind General Principle (10-0) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp hvy in Apr.
Rathvinden (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Held up towards rear, mistake 11th, headway from 18th, close 3rd 2 out, led just before last, headed narrowly 75 yards out, soon led again, pulled out extra to assert close home, won at Cheltenham 4m (1) sft in Mar beating Ms Parfois (10-13) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
The Storyteller (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, no impression from before straight, one pace, 5th of 9, 17 3/4l behind Al Boum Photo (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f (1) Soft - Heavy in Apr.
Shattered Love (IRE) 13-8fav (11-3) Soon prominent, on terms 3 out, led before 2 out, soon attempted to assert and went on, strongly pressed run-in, soon headed and kept on without matching winner, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Al Boum Photo (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f (1) Soft - Heavy in Apr.
Youcantcallherthat (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, slight mistake 5th, closed 8th, on terms from before 3 out, pecked 2 out, led approaching last, stayed on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f (1) Soft - Heavy in Apr beating Asthuria (10-11) by 6l, 5 ran.