NORTHER BAY has been unfortunate not to have lost his maiden tag over fences and can put matters right here. Eoin Griffin's charge was only just behind Turf War at Wexford last time and has been found a good opportunity. Rookery Rebel looks the main threat as he may have won here in March but for falling at the second last when still in front. He's been reasonably consistent since and will make a bold bid but So Determined, who was only beaten a head by Macs Mandalus at Roscommon last time, looks as though he needs further. Warne was a useful and progressive novice over hurdles who hasn't quite got the hang of the bigger obstacles just yet though he's with the right man to turn things around.
Baily Rock (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 11th halfway, ridden and weakened before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Quito De La Roque (11-5) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl hvy in Apr, 25 ran.
Battlehill (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Dream Champion (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase fm in Jun.
Exit To Fame (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, 11th of 17, well behind Kilmurry (11-9) at Galway 2m 1f beg chs gf.
Jack And Jones (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Keen hold, soon led and clear, headed before 5 out where weakening when mistake, soon pulled up, in a race won by Without The Bop (11-9) at Tramore 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec, 16 ran.
Nans Best (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd halfway, closed in 2nd 3 out, ridden and challenged in close 3rd 2 out, 2nd last, disputed briefly run-in, no extra close home, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Mojito Royale (11-7) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 8Evens09 gf in Jul.
Norther Bay (FR) 2-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders, improved to be close up from 3 out, on terms from next, headed under pressure closing stages, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Turf War (11-12) at Wexford 2m 1f beg chs gd.
Paddy Curry (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Led, ridden and headed before 3 out, soon no impression, moderate 4th when fell last, in a race won by Satu (11-12) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gf, 9 ran.
Rookery Rebel (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Held up, headway in 5th 3 out, soon 4th, no impression under pressure and kept on without threatening from 2 out, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Bachelor Affair (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chs fm.
Simply Game (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division for most, ridden into moderate 9th 2 out, no extra, 11th of 18, 35l behind On The Button (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
So Determined (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway in 9th 3 out, 6th before straight, left 3rd 3 out, ridden to challenge passing last, disputed closing stages, just held, 2nd of 15, hd behind Macs Mandalus (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs gf.
Steel Magnate (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th before 3 out where left 4th, soon no impression, 4th of 14, 30l behind Covie Lad (11-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f beg chs gd.
Tarkani (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, headway after 3 out, went 3rd at last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Word Of Warning (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf in Jul.
Topo Gigio (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Fell 1st, in a race won by Willies Girl (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Jul, 16 ran.
Unico (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, headway into 4th 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace from next, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Uncommited (10-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Warne (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Prominent, 4th halfway, challenged and squeezed out approaching 2 out, ridden into 2nd last, challenged before straight, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 4th of 18, 8l behind Chicago Grey (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chase gf in Jul.