chased leaders, 4th halfway, slight mistake 6 out and pushed along briefly, improved to 2nd after 5 out, pushed along approaching 3 out where hampered, ridden in 4th next, stayed on to 3rd last, kept on run-in
THUNDER AND ROSES landed a Naas bumper last year and has been unfortunate not to gain his first success over hurdles. He can put matters right here with a stiff test of stamina assured on the heavy going though he's closely matched with The Job Is Right, who has a similar profile and will also be suited by the conditions. Troll D'Oudairies looks a real staying type and Ruby Walsh will ensure he gets a thorough test of stamina which will also suit Chute Hall, a winning point-to-pointer who has been unable to find a finishing burst in three bumpers runs.
As De Pique (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Prominent, went 2nd 4 out, under pressure in 2nd entering straight, no impression on leader when fell heavily at last, in a race won by Robertstown Rover (9-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Dec, 16 ran.
Chute Hall (IRE) 5-4fav (12-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead 8f out, ridden and challenged entering straight, headed 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 19, 4l behind Star Counsel (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 4f N H flat gd.
Gort An Chnoic (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 3rd from 1/2way & mstk 9th, ld from 3out, 1l adv when good jump last, so flat, won at Dawstown 3m ire ptp gd in May beating Killdunne (12-0) by 1l, 12 ran.
Massinis Adventure (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 4th aftr a mile & 6th brfly at 7th, ld 6out, mstk 5out & went clr bef 3out, easily, won at Inchydoney 3m ire ptp in May beating Sangram (12-0) by 12l, 10 ran.
Rightdownthemiddle (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Chased clear leader early, 6th halfway and headway to go 2nd approaching straight, soon no chance with easy winner and not fluent 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 2nd of 13, 22l behind King Shabra (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl gf.
Six Books (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden 5f out, soon weakened, 15th of 20, 33l behind Mr Fiftyone (11-3) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat sft.
The Job Is Right 9-2 (11-12) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, disputed 3 out, ridden 2 out, 2nd entering straight, no extra in 3rd last, kept on same pace, just held 3rd, 3rd of 21, 4l behind Apache Stronghold (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden after 2 out, no impression last, kept on same pace run-in, just held for 3rd, 4th of 21, 4l behind Apache Stronghold (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.
Troll D'Oudairies (FR) 11-4fav (11-0) Towards rear at ordinary pace, last when pace quickened before 4 out, moderate 6th next, no impression from before 2 out, moderate 5th and kept on same pace into straight, 4th of 9, 18l behind Castletown Bridge (11-12) at Sligo 2m 2f hvy in May.