TOON RIVER has been mixing it with some very useful novices, including Don Cossack last time, and this should prove more to his liking though there are others with strong claims. They include Ballyburke, who is useful at his best but isn't the best of jumpers and has something to prove. Moscow Chief hails from a yard that can get one ready and he's be better for his recent run behind The Paparazzi Kid on his chasing bow. Michael Winters is having a fine season so the fact that Monty Blue has a very long absence to overcome shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Art Lord (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Led and clear until fell 8th, in a race won by Los Amigos (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft, 9 ran.
Ballyburke (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, a bit slow 5th, left closer in 4th from 8th, no impression from before last, stayed on well on stand's side rail run-in without getting to 1st 2, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Los Amigos (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft.
Kilcarry Bridge (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Soon tracked leaders, keen hold, fell 6th, in a race won by Balnaslow (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs gd in Oct, 10 ran.
Monty Blue (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Soon towards rear, behind when mistake 7th, soon no danger, kept on without threatening, 7th of 17, 37l behind The Big Boyo (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f beg chase gd in Apr '11.
Moscow Chief (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden into 2nd entering straight, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th run-in, 4th of 16, 19l behind The Paparrazi Kid (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft.
Mr Shankly (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th 3 out, ridden in 6th entering straight, stayed in 4th 2 out, challenged last, led run-in and kept on well closing stages, won at Limerick 3m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Mar beating Slaney Conflict (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Toon River (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Attempted to make all, not fluent 6 out, reduced lead 2 out, headed last, dropped to moderate 3rd and no impression from before straight, 3rd of 9, 28l behind Don Cossack (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Oct.
All Day Long (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Mid-division, moderate 7th 5 out, no impression from 3 out, 8th of 14, well behind Back Off Mate (11-11) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs in Oct.
Sammy Black (GER) 11-8fav (10-13) Mid-division, headway from 3 out, r in 4th 2 out, soon 2nd, disputed lead at last, stayed on well run-in to edge ahead close home, won at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Mar beating Not For Changing (9-11) by nk, 12 ran.
Status Update (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Waited with, left closer in 5th from 8th, 6th before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 6th of 9, 12l behind Los Amigos (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft.