well off pace in mid-division, closed from 4 out, moderate 6th approaching straight, left closer from 3 out, challenged and almost on terms last, no extra run-in, just held on for 2nd
Noble Commander had dropped to a fair mark when scoring at Limerick and though 7lb higher must go on the short-list as he won with something in hand. Rickardstown has yet to win over fences but ran his best race to date behind Killultagh Queen at Ballinrobe and is at the right end of the weights. Doc O'Donnell won a point-to-point in February and has done well since turning to regulation fences. He looks certain to get competitive but may meet his match in LION NA BEARNAI. Tom Gibney's charge ran a cracking race behind Beautiful Sound over this trip at Punchestown in November and will be fresher than most having had just one subsequent run in January.
Undergraduate (IRE) 13-2fav (11-2) Always behind, weakened from 4 out, 12th of 18, 37l behind Ballinahow Lady (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 in Jan.
Another Ambition (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Towards rear, some headway in poor 9th approaching 3 out, moderate 5th and kept on same pace from next, 5th of 15, 14l behind Steele's Rock (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Apr.
Jawad (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Settled 4th, ridden 3 out, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Politeo (9-7) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gf.
Doc O'donnell (IRE) 10-3fav (11-9) Chased leaders, closer in 2nd approaching 4 out, on terms next, narrow leader 2 out, joined again last, dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind China Goes Green (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Apr.
O'Muircheartaigh (IRE) 22-1 (11-10) Soon disputed lead, 3rd at 8th, 4th before 7 out, weakened 5 out and pulled up before next, in a race won by Indifference Curve (11-7) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 in Nov, 14 ran.
Bernabeu (USA) 14-1 (9-13) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 29l behind Macville (10-1) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl in Oct.
More Chimney's (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Mid-division, 8th approaching straight, ridden into 4th and mistake 2 out, moderate 7th when bad mistake last, 7th of 16, 33l behind Another Palm (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 gd in Apr.
Sigma Lifestyle (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Prominent, 3rd 4 out, lost place approaching 2 out, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by The Hard Hat (11-4) at Wexford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 in Apr, 15 ran.
The Bosses Nephew (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Mistake 1st, chased leaders, moderate 5th and no impression under pressure straight, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 19l behind Old Si (11-1) at Limerick 2m 3f Conditional Handicap Chase (5yo+) gd in Apr.
Doctor Woodfield (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 50l behind Hairy Molly (10-11) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp chs gd in Aug.
Lion Na Bearnai (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Always prominent, 5th on inner halfway, mistake 7 out, 3rd 4 out, ridden to dispute lead 2 out, headed and no impression in 3rd approaching last, left 2nd, kept on one pace run-in, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Droim Toll (10-4) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 in Jan.
Darling Harbour (FR) 11-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, led briefly 5 out, ridden in 5th approaching straight, eased and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Another Palm (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 gd in Apr, 16 ran.
Golden Alou (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and weakened approaching 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Ard Agus Fada (9-13) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 in Mar, 16 ran.
Noble Commander (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Towards rear, closed up 4 out, soon 4th, 2nd before 2 out, challenged and led last, stayed on well to go clear run-in, comfortably, won at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-109 gd beating Francis Du Mesnil (11-7) by 6l, 10 ran.
Information (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, 4th 4 out, ridden entering straight and no extra from 2 out, 8th of 18, 19l behind Arklow Ger (11-0) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 gd in Apr.
Rickardstown (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Close up, 2nd before 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Killultagh Queen (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f beg chase gd in Apr.
Tommy Turkle (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Brought down 1st, in a race won by Artiste Bay (11-1) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-109 gf in Apr, 14 ran.
Ballygill Gale (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Towards rear, brought down 9th, in a race won by Artiste Bay (11-1) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-109 gf in Apr, 14 ran.
Antipode (GER) 14-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway into 7th 5 out, 4th next, ridden in 5th approaching 3 out, left 4th, no extra and weakened after 2 out, 8th of 19, 42l behind Hidden Crack (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) in Feb.