Guiding George came good at Kilbeggan last month. Quickasyoucan went very close against a progressive novice in a handicap at Ayr last month and is respected, though it remains to be seen if first-time headgear has any effect. TAGLIETELLE has gone very close on the Flat at the Curragh since winning his maiden at Downpatrick. There looks to be a lot more to come from Gordon Elliott's five-year-old over timber and he should take all the beating here as The Housekeeper has been rested since unseating his rider behind Faugheen in a Grade 3 at Limerick just after Christmas.
Guiding George (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Soon prominent, jumped left 2nd, on terms 5th where slight mistake, led 3 out, pushed along to assert approaching straight, stayed on well from 2 out, comfortably, won at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl gd in Apr beating Rudolf (11-4) by 12l, 11 ran.
Taglietelle 3-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, closer in 6th before 3 out, slight mistake 3 out, 5th 2 out, travelled well to challenge last, eased ahead run-in, ridden clear closing stages, easily, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Mar beating Sunsetstorise (11-4) by 12l, 10 ran.
Quickasyoucan (IRE) 7-2 (10-7) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway approaching 4 out, led last, driven and headed flat, stayed on, just held close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Ulzana's Raid (11-6) at Ayr 3m nov hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Apr.
Slivegullion Girl (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, chased clear leader in 5th halfway, no extra in 7th entering straight, weakened, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Naughty Molly (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs gf in Oct.
The Housekeeper (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Held up, took keen hold, 6th at 8th, went moderate 4th approaching straight, went moderate 3rd and no impression when landed awkwardly and unseated rider 2 out,, in a race won by Faugheen (11-3) at Limerick 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.