Mick Hourigan won this last year and can repeat the process with RUN WITH THE WIND. Runner-up in two decent maidens in the autumn, he's been in good form on the Flat and won a Leopardstown handicap in March. Distant Memories won a Listed contest on the Flat at Pontefract last summer and made a winning debut over timber at Limerick. He didn't run at all badly in the Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham and will find this much less demanding. Primroseandblue battled on gamely to repel Saint Gervais at Clonmel but Touch Back has been slightly disappointing after beating Marasonnien at Leopardstown in December. Uncle Tom Cobley is a consistent but luckless chaser and though Wilde Wit Pleasure is useful on his day, his strike-rate of 1-26 is off-putting.
Distant Memories (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, ridden and kept on from last, never reached leaders, 8th of 19, 12l behind Cinders And Ashes (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Mickelson (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Led early, jumped right, slow 4th and soon dropped to rear, well behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Lord Windermere (11-12) at Naas 2m nh nov hdl in Mar, 9 ran.
Primroseandblue (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Chased leaders, still travelling well in 5th into straight, improved to challenge and dispute lead last, stayed on best run-in to lead close home, won at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar beating Saint Gervais (11-12) by nk, 18 ran.
Touch Back (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Led and disputed, led halfway, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra in 3rd after 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 12l behind Vast Consumption (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl gs in Apr.
Uncle Tom Cobley (IRE) 11-2 (9-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, headway into 2nd 5 out, disputed 3 out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no extra in 3rd approaching last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Bob Lingo (10-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs gs in Apr.
Wilde Wit Pleasure (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Always prominent, challenged and on terms before 2 out, headed and no impression from last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind False Economy (11-9) at Limerick 2m hdl gd in Apr.
Beausang (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Towards rear, some headway from 3 out, went 6th at last, kept on, 6th of 18, 21l behind The Bosses Cousin (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Run With The Wind (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd entering straight, challenged before last, ridden run-in, pressed winner closing stages, just held, 2nd of 24, nk behind Il Fenomeno (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in Oct.