It's very rare to find Aidan O'Brien running one of timber these days, let alone making it's racecourse debut, so Maasai, who is bred for jumping, has to be respected. Winning bumper and hurdler ROUGH JUSTICE found Bishopslough too strong when making his debut over timber at Thurles but the winner ran very well in a handicap at Punchestown over the weekend and Willie Mullins' charge can go one better. Moonshine Lad scored between the flags in March and made a successful bumper debut at Down Royal earlier this month so a set of hurdles won't pose a problem. Polish Partisan ran a fine race over a longer trip at Naas and this could prove too short but there are plenty of others to note in an open contest including The Housekeeper, who looked promising in two starts at Limerick in May.
Moonshine Lad (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, close up 3f out, led 2f out, soon pushed along and strongly pressed, ridden and kept on well from 1f out, won at Down Royal 2m N H flat sft beating The Herds Garden (11-11) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Polish Partisan (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Mid-division early, towards rear halfway, ridden into 8th entering straight, under pressure in 7th 2 out, 5th last, kept on run-in to 3rd close home, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Clonard Lad (11-12) at Naas 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Rough Justice (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders, moderate 5th early, closer in 4th approaching straight, ridden to chase winner in 2nd from before last where jumped a little left, no impression and kept on run-in, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Bishopslough (11-4) at Thurles 2m gd in Oct.
Bumbee (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Mid-division, pushed along towards rear 5 out, ridden into moderate 5th entering straight, no impression and kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 40l behind Azorian (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Concordin (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Soon rear of mid-division, closer order before halfway, under pressure in 12th from 4 out, no extra from next, tailed off, 17th of 20, well behind Tabac Brun (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Oct.
Lucky Pat (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Chased leader in 3rd and closer halfway, headway to lead briefly entering straight, soon headed and no impression in 3rd over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 15, 10l behind Wrath Of Titans (11-4) at Thurles 2m N H flat.
Maasai (IRE) Milan gelding out of Flaming Brandy.
Red Beryl (IRE) 66-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 19th of 25, well behind Indevan (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in May.
Red Road (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, headway into 4th when mistake 2 out, ridden, 3rd and mistake last, no extra run-in, kept on one pace, 7th of 20, 9l behind The Tullow Tank (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Rudolf (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Chased leaders early, moderate 6th halfway, moderate 5th and slight mistake 3 out, ridden in 4th and no impression leaders before straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 26l behind Gilt Shadow (11-9) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl.
San Pietro (FR) 8-1 (11-9) Mid-division off pace, headway 5f out and 6th entering straight, no chance with easy winner from 2f out and kept on one pace into moderate 4th final furlong, 4th of 14, 16l behind Racing Pulse (11-10) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct.
Slan Go Foill (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased clear leader, closer in 4th before halfway and 2nd 4 out, ridden after next and no extra entering straight, weakened, 6th of 13, 48l behind King Shabra (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Oct.
Rock High Lady (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, progress to be prominent when checked for room early straight and switched right, 5th at last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 5th of 10, 5l behind Royal Moll (11-7) at Galway 2m mares mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Run Sally Run (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Rear of mid-division early, no impression before 4 out, weakened and completely tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Gilt Shadow (11-9) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl.
Shesadingdong (IRE) Ivan Denisovich mare out of Hide And Seek.
The Housekeeper (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Waited with towards rear, improved 4 out, 4th before straight, 3rd 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 6l behind Tropical Three (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f mrs mdn hdl sft in May.