Leading hunter James had been in good form before falling at Punchestown while Tiger Sam would have a chance at his best and ran a bit better on that track last time. Prosperity Square and Teds Island were behind in that latter event but KILCLISPEEN overcame trouble in-running to score at Downpatrick and though 7lb higher will take some beating in that kind of form. Adarenna hasn't shown much since scoring at Towcester in November but will enjoy the conditions more than most.
Teds Island (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Soon chased leaders, 7th after 6th, slight mistake 3 out, 5th before straight, no impression when impeded 2 out, one pace, 6th of 16, 14 1/2l behind Icantsay (11-4) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp gd in May.
Floral Fantasy (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, slight mistake 5th, progress into 8th after 3 out, ridden and no impression in 7th entering straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 26 1/2l behind Aranhill Rascal (10-3) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp gd in May.
Kilclispeen (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leaders and 4th before 6 out, took closer order from 4 out and went 2nd after next, dropped to 3rd and ridden before 2 out, improved to lead after last, raced wide into straight and soon headed, rallied to regain lead close home, won at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp gd in May beating Admiral Bob (9-10) by hd, 13 ran.
Tiger Sam (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Held up, 10th after 6th, mistake 8th, no impression before straight until improved into 4th before last and one pace, 4th of 16, 10 1/4l behind Icantsay (11-4) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp gd in May.
James (IRE) 11-1 (10-8) Towards rear, 13th after 6th, improved to chase leaders when impeded and unseated rider 3 out, at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp gd in May.
Springbelle (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Last until prog frm 5th & 7th 1/2way, fair 6th aftr 2out, ko one pcd, 6th of 11, 22 1/2l behind Tell Me Annie (12-2) at Knockanard 3m sft in Feb.
Prosperity Square (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Soon chased leaders, 5th after 6th, pushed along 12th, 7th before straight, no impression when slightly impeded 2 out, one pace, 5th of 16, 13 3/4l behind Icantsay (11-4) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp gd in May.
Phone Booth (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Mid-division on inner, headway into 4th 3 out, ridden in 4th entering straight, no impression from 2 out, 7th of 14, 28 1/2l behind Capture The Drama (11-10) at Wexford 3m 1f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Celtic Thunder (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Chased leaders in 4th, not fluent at times, ridden from 4 out, no impression and dropped to 5th before 2 out, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 14, 23 1/4l behind Kilderry Prince (10-5) at Downpatrick 2m 6f hcp gd in May.
Gabrielleamee (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, slight mistake 5th, soon mid-division, ridden and no impression after 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 18 1/2l behind Old Supporter (11-7) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp gf in Jun.
Betterthanalright (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, reminders after 6th, 7th from 11th, 8th after 3 out, no extra from before next, 7th of 14, 24 1/2l behind Line View (11-11) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan.
Adarenna (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden 3 out, no impression in 6th entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 21 3/4l behind Aranhill Rascal (10-3) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp gd in May.
Chelate (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Chased leader in 2nd, not fluent 3rd, improved to lead before 5th, headed before 7th and dropped to 3rd after next, pushed along to dispute lead before 2 out, not fluent and headed last, soon no extra in 4th, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 13, 8 3/4l behind Kilclispeen (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp gd in May.