Our Maimie has had plenty of chances and doesn't appear to be getting any better judging on her run at Downpatrick last time. Winning bumper Butney Rock has attempted to make all on his two latest starts and if ridden with more restraint would have a chance of lasting out. Leith Oscar ran a superb race behind Rebel Fitz at Ballinrobe but that was over fences which is where her future lies. Express Du Berlais was just in front when left clear for an easy victory between the flags and along with fellow point-to-point winner SIZING COAL makes this an interesting opener with preference just for the latter.
Apache Jack (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden on outer 5f out, no impression from 3f out, 9th of 15, well behind Turnandgo (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Apr.
Butney Rock 8-13fav (10-12) Led until 3rd, mistake 5th, led before 3 out, soon clear, not fluent 2 out, reduced advantage bypassing omitted last, headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Mysteree (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Beau Ballistic (IRE) Silver Patriarch gelding out of Miniballist.
Call Me Bach (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 7th before straight, 5th 3 out, no impression from next, moderate 4th last, kept on run-in to get up for 3rd on line, 3rd of 16, 13l behind Minella Fiveo (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Sep.
Doesheeverstop (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Soon led, headed 4 out and no extra after next, weakened, 11th of 17, 24l behind Mireya (10-12) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Sizing Coal (IRE) 5-4 (11-4) Pr, jnd ldr & ld 2nd, jnd 8th, slt mstk 7out, 2l ld 4out, jnd before 2out, qcknd clr appr last, kow to line, won at Borris House 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Ohowya (12-0) by 5l, 13 ran.
Didntitellya (IRE) 11-4fav (11-10) Towards rear, improved into mid-division 6f out, 7th approaching straight, soon no impression, 8th of 16, 16l behind Voluptueux (11-5) at Limerick 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Express Du Berlais (FR) 5-2 (11-7) Pr & ld, rdn & adv when lft clr bef last, row, won at Loughbrickland 3m ire ptp gs in Apr beating Skip A Beat Kid (11-7) by 25l, 11 ran.
Killeen Elegance (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Prominent, lost place from before 3 out, soon no extra, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Carsonstown Bridge (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Leish Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Behind early, headway into moderate 8th after 5 out, ridden into 5th 2 out, 3rd last, kept on run-in to 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Rebel Fitz (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f beg chs sft in May.
Our Maimie (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Soon chased leaders in 5th for much, nudged along after 5 out, a bit slow next,, 4th of 9, 35l behind Old Kilcash (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Oct.