prominent and disputed early, chased leaders from after 2nd, 3rd halfway, improved to dispute 3 out, soon narrow lead, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on same pace from before last
Hesamanofhisword was placed five times in seven starts over hurdles, the latest when close-up in a Downpatrick maiden in March. The trip and ground won't be a problem and a big run is expected. The Shunter has shown bits and pieces of form and has joined Emmet Mullins, while Ruinous showed plenty of ability over two miles earlier this year and this is much more likely to be his trip. Henry De Bromhead has three entries with Rachael Blackmore on board BOLD ENOUGH. A good fourth in a huge field at Naas on his hurdling debut, he's the type to make great strides this campaign and the stable remain in fine form. Henry Brown won a bumper in October and has a penalty to carry as does Gun Merchant for his bumper victory at Punchestown last summer.
Gun Merchant 7-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, lost place after halfway and no extra 3 out, behind and pulled up before 2 out, at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hvy in Feb.
Henry Brown (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, 6th 3 out, ridden and weakened from next, 10th of 15, 16 1/2l behind Barnaviddaun (11-10) at Downpatrick 2m 3f mdn sft in Mar.
Arrycan (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Held up in rear, went moderate 5th 4f out, ridden in 4th over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 25l behind Druim Samhraidh (12-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f Yielding in Aug.
Battling Warrior (IRE) 5-4fav (12-0) Held up in rear, 8th after 4f, progress to 6th halfway, took closer order in 4th 4f out, 3rd over 3f out, no impression on leaders, kept on same pace over 1f out, 3rd of 8, 17 1/2l behind Fortune Street (12-0) at Wexford 2m Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Be My Hero (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division early, 8th from 6th, no impression approaching 2 out where bad mistake, no extra after, 11th of 14, dist behind Quartz Du Rheu (11-2) at Tramore 2m mdn gd in Aug.
Bold Enough (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden in 3rd entering straight, moderate 3rd 2 out, soon no impression, dropped to 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 21, 18 1/4l behind Asterion Forlonge (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn Good - Yielding in Jan.
Goodbye Someday (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Raced in 13th early, headway on inner straight, switched right between last 2 to outer, kept on without threatening run-in, 6th of 22, 3 1/2l behind Aarons Day (11-12) at Naas 2m hcp Soft - Heavy in Feb.
Hesamanofhisword (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 8th 3 out, ridden in 6th before last, headway into 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Barnaviddaun (11-10) at Downpatrick 2m 3f mdn sft in Mar.
Ruinous (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, headway after 4 out and 3rd next, progress to dispute briefly 2 out, 2nd and pushed along approaching last, ridden and no extra run-in, 6th of 16, 6l behind Politesse (11-7) at Thurles 2m mdn Yielding - Soft in Mar.
The Rocking Chair (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Mid-division, ridden in 6th 3f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 17l behind Silk Worm (11-3) at Tramore 2m Soft - Heavy in Oct.
The Shunter (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division early, chased leaders from 5th, mistake 7th, slow 3 out, soon weakened and pulled up before 2 out, at Tramore 2m 5f hvy in Dec.
Fox Fearless 20-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden 3f out, chased clear winner 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Lady Scatterley (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in Oct.
As High Say (IRE) 50-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra 5f out, weakened and tailed off, 18th of 22, dist behind Valentina Lady (11-9) at Naas 2m Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Bally Upper (IRE) 150-1 (11-11) Led, headed over 2f out, soon no extra, 7th of 14, dist behind Beret Rouge (11-11) at Roscommon 2m gd in Jun.
Westernerona (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, no impression before 3 out where slight mistake, one pace, 6th of 19, 19l behind Sky Marshal (11-12) at Cork 2m 3f mdn Yielding in Aug.
Infinite Glory (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression 3f out, no extra entering straight, 11th of 14, dist behind Darling Daughter (11-9) at Limerick 2m Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Getaway Pippa (IRE) 100-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, no impression after 3 out, kept on one pace, never a factor, 10th of 15, 32l behind Skyace (10-13) at Tipperary 3m mdn Good - Yielding in Jun.
Fairway Finder (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, no threat from 3 out, 20th of 25, dist behind Entoucas (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn Good - Yielding in Feb.