Another Challenge won a Thurles bumper in February but was beaten a long way on his hurdles debut at Navan last month. King Of Firth won a bumper at Galway in October and was in touch for most of the way when tackling 2m2f over hurdles at Leopardstown on St Stephens Day. He should go well while Kandinski's second to Simonsig when last seen in a bumper on this track in April 2011 could hardly have been better advertised though the lack of a subsequent run has to be a concern. SMITHFIELD was a decent if luckless performer on the Flat and his three runs to date over hurdles suggest he'll be winning soon and today could be the day he loses his maiden tag.
Canadian Venture (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Alw pr, 2nd early, lost pl 4out, wknd & pu 3out, in a race won by General Maccreevy (12-0) at Kirkistown 3m ire ptp sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Crowded Room (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Mid div, till lst tch 3out & pu 2out, in a race won by According To Trev (12-0) at Tinahely 3m ire ptp gf in Oct '11, 9 ran.
Davyroy (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Alw twrds rr, ko bhnd, no dngr, 5th of 11, 26l behind Pocketfullapennies (12-0) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec.
Hallstown Lad (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, mistake 4th, no threat in straight, 9th of 10, 22l behind Torn Asunder (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Kandinski (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, went 3rd over 4f out, headway to lead entering straight, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon no chance with winner, kept on same pace under pressure, 2nd of 16, 13l behind Simonsig (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f NH flat gd in Apr '11.
King Of Firth (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 5th, 4th and effort after 2 out, soon no extra, 6th of 10, 15l behind Anonis (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Mind The Pin (IRE) Court Cave gelding out of Carnbelle.
Pyrus Gold Wind (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along in 6th 3f out, ridden into 4th entering straight, no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 6l behind King Of Firth (12-0) at Galway 2m N H flat in Oct.
Testoftime (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Resenting.
Another Challenge (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Tracked leader in moderate 2nd, ridden entering straight, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, 44l behind Rule The World (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f nh nov hdl hvy in Dec.
Controlurthoughts (IRE) Great Palm gelding out of Rash Venture.
Dream Crusher (IRE) Court Cave gelding out of Smilingvalentine.
Pivot Bridge 33-1 (11-2) Always behind, 11th of 14, well behind Ned Buntline (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Smithfield (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Attempted to make all and clear, jumped left and slight mistake 4 out, soon reduced lead, strongly pressed and left again 3 out, soon headed, 4th and kept on same pace approaching last, 5th of 20, 5l behind Dumbarton (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Oct.
Lucrecia Borgia (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, 14th of 23, 28l behind Glens Melody (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 1f mares n h flat hvy in Apr.
Grainne Whale (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) In rear, no impression from 4 out, 9th of 14, 35l behind Un Atout (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.