A tricky opener but PERSIAN GAYLE should give punters a good run. James Cousins' charge progressed with every run in bumpers and looked a nice prospect for hurdling when an excellent runner-up to Bootlegger in a huge field at Cork. Cahercailin didn't show much last year but has obviously progressed during the winter as she ran very well behind First Beauty at Limerick last month, her first start since November. Nodouraboura attracted support for a Roscommon bumper last month and duly obliged though a penalty makes life more difficult while An Fear Aitiuil has only raced on heavy ground over the minimum trip so it remains to be seen how he handles today's conditions. Millrock Lady has had a break since a fine run behind Jim Bowie at Gowran in March while the consistent John The Soldier appears likely to get competitive after his best run to date behind Garlic Hill over the C&D last time.
Nodouraboura (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, 4th before straight, ridden in 3rd 1 1/2f out, led and stayed on best inside final furlong, won at Roscommon 2m 4f N H flat gf in May beating Jan Jandura (11-9) by 3l, 18 ran.
Road Train Bob (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, 6th and no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 23, 12l behind Bootlegger (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl (6yo+) gf in May.
Super Daisy (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind Hello Kitty (10-10) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Oct '08.
An Fear Aitiuil (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Prominent, 3rd halfway, ridden 3 out, 5th after next, kept on same pace, 5th of 25, 12l behind Grey Soldier (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
John The Soldier (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, close up 2nd 3 out, challenged straight, bad mistake last, no impression and kept on after, 2nd of 18, 1 3/4l behind Garlic Hill (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in May.
Maple Court (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Always prominent, 3rd 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 18, 7l behind Rare Commodity (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl (6yo+) gf in May.
Market Jitters (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Alw bhd, 14th 1/2 way, bhd 5out till pu 3out, in a race won by Shinrock Hill (12-0) at Kilsheelan 3m ire ptp gd in Oct, 17 ran.
Persian Gayle (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, 5th and no impression 2 out, kept on well under pressure run-in to go 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 23, 6l behind Bootlegger (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl (6yo+) gf in May.
Realignment (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 15th of 25, well behind Cottage Oak (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in May.
Rock Electric (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 10th of 19, well behind Ballywooden King (11-12) at Punchestown 3m mdn hdl gf in May.
Total Delight (IRE) Tamayaz gelding out of Windmill Star.
Witness Hill (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, tailed off, 12th of 17, well behind Defying Gravity (11-0) at Listowel 3m hts chs gf.
Wreckitman (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Towards rear, went moderate 7th after 3 out, soon no impression under pressure and kept on same pace without threatening, 4th of 14, 14l behind Marky Bob (11-4) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f 5yo mdn hdl gf in May.
Aughwilliam Lady (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway in 2nd before 2 out, ridden in 4th and no extra 2 out, 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Maid From Milan (11-7) at Tramore 2m 5yo mdn hdl gf in Apr.
Cahercailin (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, closer in moderate 6th approaching 3 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 16l behind First Beauty (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl gd in May.
Conrich (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 9th of 24, 29l behind Otterstown Lady (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Millrock Lady (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra and kept on same pace, 4th of 19, 10l behind Jim Bowie (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar.
No Thunder (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, tailed off, 14th of 21, well behind Quinola Des Obeaux (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Nov '08.
Kings Orchid (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Disputed early, soon chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened 3 out, 18th of 24, well behind Otterstown Lady (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Bully Wuskers (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Never better than mid-division, 14th of 18, 28l behind Nodouraboura (12-0) at Roscommon 2m 4f N H flat gf in May.
Newcastle Blaze (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 11th of 18, well behind Miss Mary Mac (11-4) at Listowel 2m 4f 5yo mdn hdl gd in Sep.