chased leaders, bumped rival after 5 out, 4th after 3 out, 3rd approaching next, on terms approaching last, soon no impression under pressure, closed on winner near finish, disqualified
Jason McKeown, who won this in 2008, will ensure the consistent point-to-pointer Judge Deed gets a good ride while leading amateur Mikey O'Connor's presence on board Not Before Eight suggests Tom Cooper's charge is fancied for this. WARHEAD has had only four starts over fences, landing a Beginners' event on his debut at Clonmel and unshipping his rider on his latest start in the Irish National here. This is a big drop in class and he can return to winning ways. Sharadi returned to action after a long break to run very well at Killarney while both Optimum Force and Optimus Prime are in cracking form at present and are obvious threats.
Classic Frontier (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Never a factor, 10th of 18, well behind Arklow Ger (11-0) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 gd in Apr.
Ten Fires (GER) 10-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, headway into 3rd 7 out, 7th 4 out, ridden and weakened before next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Uncle Junior (11-0) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-140 gd, 25 ran.
Bear Witness (IRE) Evens (12-0) Pr & ld, hdd & no impress 3out, ko, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Court In Session (12-0) at Necarne 3m ire ptp gd.
Warhead (FR) 16-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, unseated rider 10th, in a race won by Uncle Junior (11-0) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-140 gd, 25 ran.
Optimum Force (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, closed into 2nd 3 out, challenged under pressure and on terms before last, soon led and stayed on well run-in, won at Killarney 2m 6f hts chs gd beating Rudi Trucker (12-0) by 3l, 10 ran.
Who's Deal (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, bad mistake 6 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by China Goes Green (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Imaalhall (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden in 7th and no extra before 2 out, no impression in 5th last, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 10l behind Another Palm (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 gd in Apr.
Sea Stallion (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Led and disputed, headed and dropped to 3rd 2 out, rallied run-in, not get to winner, 2nd of 14, nk behind Scouting Party (11-5) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chase in Apr.
Not Before Eight (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Soon mid-division, closer in 4th after 3 out, struggling from after next, kept on without troubling winner from before last, 2nd of 14, 9l behind Guts For Garters (10-3) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gf.
Sang Bleu (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Mid-division, 9th halfway, in touch entering straight, no impression after 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 12l behind Arklow Ger (11-0) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 gd in Apr.
Lion Na Bearnai (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Prominent in chasing group, closed from 4 out, badly hampered next, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 13l behind Information (9-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs 0-123 gd.
Sharadi (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Towards rear, niggled along from 7 out, 9th 4 out, ridden to chase leaders from 2 out, kept on well without getting to winner run-in, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Benalma (11-10) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 gs.
Optimus Prime (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Trkd ldr in 2nd, chall 3out, ld 2out & faster jump last, no ex flat & jnd on line, won at Dawstown 3m ire ptp gf deadheating with Smoke Shelter (12-0), 3 ran.
Ameretto Son (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Prominent, bad mistake 7 out, soon lost place, no extra in moderate 5th from before straight, 6th of 11, 20l behind China Goes Green (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Apr.
Captain Dreyfus (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, no impression before straight, 9th of 16, well behind Another Palm (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 gd in Apr.
Judge Deed (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Alw pr, rallied late but no ch with wnr, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Top Twig (12-0) at Necarne 3m ire ptp sft.
Cool Warrior (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Soon chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 2nd 5 out, disputed briefly approaching 4 out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no extra from 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 14l behind The Baler (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f hnt chs gd.
Lusiad (IRE) 7-1 (9-13) Rear of mid-division, headway into 5th 3 out, ridden and no impression before next, kept on one pace, 5th of 16, 23l behind Ard Agus Fada (9-13) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 in Mar.
Waterville (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Rear of mid-division, ridden to go 4th and no impression from 2 out, kept on without troubling winner, 2nd of 17, 6l behind Red Basil (10-10) at Gowran Park 3m hcp chs 0-109 sft in Mar.
Heroes Square (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened 3 out, 10th of 14, 50l behind Mr Springer (10-7) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-102 gf.
Hollywood Law (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Towards rear, kept on without threatening under pressure from before 2 out, 9th of 24, 24l behind Kerb Appeal (11-8) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 88-130 gs.