This isn't the strongest of contests and Noel Meade appears to have found an ideal opportunity for APACHE STRONGHOLD to make a successful start over timber. A winning debut in a Down Royal bumper in November was followed by a decent run here in April then a superb effort in the Grade 1 bumper at Punchestown won by The Liquidator. He's likely to start a very short price here due to the lack of creditable opposition and it would be no surprise if Afterclass, who makes his racecourse debut and is bred for the job, were to follow him home. Theatre Mill showed a bit of potential in bumpers but has been well beaten over timber as has Medinah Gold, whose two runs to date have shown little.
Apache Stronghold (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden 2f out, 4th over 1f out, kept on to 2nd inside final furlong, lost 2nd on line, 3rd of 11, 3l behind The Liquidator (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat (1) sft in Apr.
Afterclass (IRE) Stowaway gelding out of Afsana.
Bective Cave (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden towards rear 3 out, no impression, 13th of 17, 40l behind Araku Valley (10-13) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft.
Bishopslough (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Soon mid-division, headway into 6th 4f out, ridden in 7th entering straight, no impression, 7th of 14, 46l behind Bishops Road (11-9) at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat sft in May.
Coolaghknock Glebe (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Towards rear, ridden into 10th 3f out, no impression and kept on one pace straight, 7th of 22, 36l behind Faugheen (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 5yo nhf gd in May.
Little Wing Man (IRE) Golden Tornado gelding out of Wings Ofthe Wind.
Theatre Mill (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Led, headed before 4 out, ridden and weakened after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Young Finnegan (11-12) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl hvy in May, 20 ran.
Medinah Gold (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, 13th 3 out, ridden and no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 21l behind Carriganog (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.
Cabra Cruizor (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Towards rear, closed to chase leaders 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 8th of 13, 26l behind Kauto Mill Rose (10-6) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf in Aug.
Springtown (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from over 3f out, 13th of 18, well behind Angel Chorus (10-12) at Listowel 2m mrs N H flat in Sep.