Winning bumper Crystal Earth has won twice on the Flat this summer and her allowance should help her go close. Sonny B has finished runner-up in a point-to-point, a bumper and over hurdles at Galway last week and it won't be long before he's winning, a remark that also applies to Azorian, who has looked potentially smart in his runs between the flags and in bumpers. It's almost three years since Bold Optimist beat the classy Felix Yonger in a Leopardstown bumper and if he's anywhere near ready he would definitely be competitive though the vote just goes to UNIC DE BERSY. Willie Mullins' winning point-to-pointer made a good impression in a Tipperary bumper in May and should make a successful start to his career over jumps.
Azorian (IRE) 5-4fav (11-4) Waited with in 6th, headway into 3rd entering straight, ridden and went 2nd 1f out, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 7, hd behind The Mighty Milan (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat in Apr.
Bold Optimist (IRE) 11-8fav (11-9) Held up in touch, 7th on inner halfway, progress 3f out, 4th and ridden entering straight, headway over 1f out, stayed on well to lead 100 yards from finish, won at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec '10 beating Felix Yonger (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Bumbee (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Soon mid-division, 9th before halfway, no impression and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 9th of 16, 28l behind The Mooch (11-7) at Wexford 2m 2f N H flat gf in Jul.
Church Mouse (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Jensharandsue.
Merry In Moscow (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Mid-division and 9th entering straight, no chance with winner from 2 out and kept on one pace, 9th of 22, 18l behind Peter From Paris (11-9) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Oct.
Patrolman (USA) 28-1 (11-12) Towards rear, no danger from before 4th, 8th of 10, well behind Devils Bride (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Provincial Pride (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 13th of 20, well behind Bishops Road (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Ring Ben (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Prominent, 4th 4 out, lost place and no extra from next, tailed off, 16th of 20, well behind Tabac Brun (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Oct.
Sonny B (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th before halfway, improved from before 3 out, ridden and challenged on outer from before straight, every chance in 2nd from last, kept on well, not quite match winner, 2nd of 14, hd behind Aerlite Supreme (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Stolberg (IRE) 11-4 (12-0) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden under 2f out, no extra in 4th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 7, 9l behind Wicklow Brave (11-10) at Listowel 2m N H flat hvy in Sep.
Strideout Euro (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, good headway approaching 4 out and 3rd entering straight, no extra from 2 out, 12th of 22, 24l behind Peter From Paris (11-9) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Oct.
Unic De Bersy (FR) 2-1fav (12-0) Mid-division, headway in 5th 3f out, improved to challenge under 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong, won at Tipperary 2m 2f N H flat hvy in May beating Ashford Wood (12-0) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Calibre Style 10-3 (11-4) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along in 4th 4f out, ridden and no extra over 3f out, weakened and tailed off, 10th of 17, well behind De Glebe Star (11-7) at Roscommon 2m 4f N H flat sft in May.
Coolmountainbreeze (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place and dropped towards rear halfway, tailed off, last of 14, well behind No Cash Flow (11-3) at Cork 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Crystal Earth (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Always prominent, led from 5f out, sent on from 3f out, stayed on well, won at Wexford 2m mrs N H flat gf in Jul '12 beating Ourbeautifuldream (11-2) by 4l, 16 ran.
Leah's Dream (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Soon mid-division, 11th early, kept on same pace from over 3f out, 11th of 18, 42l behind Angel Chorus (10-12) at Listowel 2m mrs N H flat in Sep.