It's about time BADGER OR BUST was winning again and this could be his day. The six-year-old has been running very well in similar events and though creeping back up the weights still looks reasonably treated. Chebona Bula made a big splash when easily landing a Clonmel handicap last month but a 9lb rise tempers enthusiasm and the lightly-raced Arakango looks more of a threat after a short-head defeat by Tres Froide at Listowel a week ago. Pedantic landed a Gowran handicap on May Day and could have done to have been closer to the pace when staying on behind Strandfield Lady at Leopardstown.
Laurel Creek (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression entering straight, 7th of 9, 15l behind Zerashan (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 4f ext hcp gf in May.
Chebona Bula 4-1fav (9-9) Chased leaders, 6th approaching straight, headway under pressure in 4th from 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Clonmel 1m 2f hcp 47-65 gf in May beating Hilarys First (9-9) by 6l, 15 ran.
Blackwitch Woman (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Prominent, 2nd before halfway, lost place and struggling over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure, 5th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Solent Ridge (9-6) at Wexford 1m app hcp 50-80 gf in May.
Raise The Rafters (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Soon led, headed and no extra from over 2f out, last of 13, 42l behind Trans City (8-10) at Killarney 1m hcp 50-75 gd in May.
Atlas Peak (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden along on inner approaching straight, no threat from 2f out, 11th of 13, 22l behind Words Of Wisdom (8-10) at Leopardstown 1m app hcp 47-70 gd.
Essexbridge 14-1 (9-7) Soon led, joined before straight, soon headed and no impression, 9th of 12, 7l behind Strandfield Lady (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp 50-80 gf in May.
Noble Jack (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 8th of 13, 4l behind Opening Nite (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol in Mar.
Pedantic 11-2 (9-4) Soon towards rear, ridden into 10th over 1f out, kept on well without threatening final furlong, 6th of 12, 4l behind Strandfield Lady (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp 50-80 gf in May.
Pinnk (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Towards rear, ridden into 6th over 1f out, ran on well without getting to 1st 2 inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Balladiene (9-1) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 50-70 gd in May.
Arakango (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Soon led, ridden straight, strongly pressed and stayed on well final furlong, headed on line, 2nd of 15, shd behind Tres Froide (9-5) at Listowel 1m hcp 47-60.
Badger Or Bust (IRE) 4-1fav (9-9) Led, headed after 3f, ridden in 3rd entering straight, disputed briefly 2f out, 2nd under pressure over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Intyre Trail (8-9) at Tipperary 1m 1f hcp 47-65 gf.
Belle's Ridge 8-1 (10-0) Always behind, 13th of 14, 26l behind Intyre Trail (8-9) at Tipperary 1m 1f hcp 47-65 gf.
Faranadooney (USA) 14-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 5th and reminders halfway, ridden and dropped to 8th 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 18l behind Redera (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Oct.
Miss Cueta (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Soon mid-division, pushed along halfway, no extra from 2f out, last of 16, 31l behind Balladiene (9-1) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 50-70 gd in May.
Cave Artist (IRE) 4-1 (8-6) Mid-division, headway into 6th entering straight, ridden in 3rd 1 1 /2f out, kept on well final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Maal (9-10) at Limerick 1m hcp 50-80 sft in Apr.
Cinnin Oir (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Chased clear leader mainly 4th, ridden early straight, no extra from 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 11l behind Leceile (9-12) at Naas 1m 2f fll hcp 50-80 gf.
Articilitis (IRE) 11-1 (9-8) Prominent, led after 6f, strongly pressed and joined from 2f out, soon headed and no impression, kept on same pace in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 11l behind Bondage (9-10) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) in May.