A maximum field of low-grade hurdlers provides a tricky puzzle but JACK THE HAT looks the one to be on. He easily landed a similar handicap at Wexford a year ago and has been steadily coming back into form on fast ground. Lortzing was having only his sixth start over timber when an excellent second to Rodeo Rocket over the track and trip so with just a 3lb rise to contend with he looks a real threat. Lord Baltimore wasn't far behind in that latter event and is another with scope but Super Vic has done better on ground with some give, a remark that also applies to the well handicapped Riotman.
Dr Tommy (IRE) 5-1fav (11-0) Mid-division and keen hold, improved to 2nd at 2nd, led 3rd, headed and mistake 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Definite Knockoff (11-5) at Bellewstown 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-102 gf, 16 ran.
Lortzing (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th after 2 out, ridden in 6th entering straight, kept on well from last to 2nd close home, 2nd of 16, 1 3/4l behind Rodeo Rocket (11-6) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Elsie Freda (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 2nd and challenged 5 out, ridden before 3 out, no extra before 2 out, 7th of 15, 21l behind Military Bowl (11-12) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 5yo mdn hdl gf.
Afram Blue 16-1 (11-3) Rear of mid-division, headway in 7th on outer before 4 out, ridden in 4th approaching 2 out and no extra from early straight, 6th of 14, 17l behind Abolitionist (11-7) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Jack The Hat (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, headway into 3rd entering straight, ridden and no impression in 4th after 2 out, jumped right last and no extra, 4th of 18, 15l behind Raydari (11-9) at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Lord Baltimore (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, challenged 2 out, ridden in 4th after 2 out, under pressure in 3rd entering straight, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Rodeo Rocket (11-6) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Mothers Tree (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Ww rr, prog to mid div 7out, 5th 6out, further prog to 3rd 2out, ko but lost 3rd run-in, 4th of 11, 6l behind Connemara Kate (11-7) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp gf in May.
Seaboru (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 12th of 16, well behind Giant's Quest (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl gf in Jun.
Black Cache (IRE) 13-2 (11-1) Towards rear, driven along and no impression after 3 out, kept on one pace in straight, 8th of 14, 21l behind Abolitionist (11-7) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Riotman (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Towards rear, improved into 6th before straight, 5th before 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 26l behind Ballygill Gale (11-1) at Roscommon 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Oct.
Mini Shan (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders, no extra from 4 out, 14th of 20, 37l behind Sitcom (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Mar.
Porthaw (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Waited with in rear of mid-division, 11th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 8th of 15, 27l behind Wells China (11-3) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Jun.
Super Vic (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Rear of mid-division, no impression early straight, some headway from 2 out and 8th before last, kept on, 5th of 17, 15l behind Sweetheart Susan (11-1) at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Native Wolf (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders and 7th halfway, ridden 3 out and soon no extra, weakened, 9th of 14, 37l behind Abolitionist (11-7) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
The Taxi Driver (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Towards rear, closer in 8th 4 out, no impression from before straight, kept on, 7th of 18, 24l behind Hang On Groovy (10-11) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Wee Jerry (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway into 8th 3 out, ridden and no extra next, 10th of 15, 42l behind Presenting Kate (10-10) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Our Lady Carmel (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, no extra and weakened after 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by All Or Now (11-0) at Roscommon 2m 4f Conditional Maiden Hurdle (6yo+) gf, 18 ran.
Mudaffar (USA) 7-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along into 7th after 3 out, ridden in 6th and no impression 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 5th of 10, 5l behind Ontheground (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gf.
Ultimate Risk (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden 2 out, soon 3rd, no extra in 5th last, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 10l behind Ontheground (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gf.