COPS AND ROBBERS won a Newmarket maiden for Sir Michael Stoute last August and started his hurdling career in a Grade 3 over the C&D in April where he ran very well. With his yard in good form a long absence shouldn't be a problem and he should take this before going on to better things. Sizing Rio won a point-to-point at Bennetsbridge in February and will prove better than his bumper run at Punchestown suggests while Strategic Bid was in need of the experience at Gowran earlier this month and is another who will improve. Winning point-to-pointer Thats The Dream looks best of the remainder.
Cops And Robbers 20-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway in 6th entering straight, ridden in 5th 2 out, stayed on into 3rd last, no impression leaders, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Ballynacree (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo hdl Grd 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Courageous Cry (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Held up, no impression straight, eased final furlong, 12th of 19, 17l behind Tiz The Shot (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2yo mdn gf in Oct '10 (flat).
Kilmainham (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division and well off the pace, no impression and kept on same pace from 4 out, 9th of 16, 47l behind Benevolent (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl.
Sizing Rio (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened, 13th of 23, 40l behind Grand Jesture (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gs in Apr.
Strategic Bid 10-1 (11-8) Led, headed 3rd, remained prominent, dropped to 4th 3 out, no extra when pecked 2 out, 6th of 20, 10l behind Reine Angevine (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd.
Summers King (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Soon well off the pace in mid-division, progress to go in pursuit of winner into straight, soon struggling to get there and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 12l behind Josie S And B (11-2) at Roscommon 2m N H flat in Sep.
Thats The Dream (IRE) 6-4 (11-7) Mid div, prog to disp 5th, 2nd 7th, ld 3out, chall 2out, mstk & hdd last, so best to ld cl home, won at Dawstown 3m ire ptp gs in May beating Inch Manor (11-7) by hd, 9 ran.
Morning Air (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) Dwelt, always behind, 9th of 12, 50l behind Strikemaster (9-3) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Oct '11 (flat).
Pocasset (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) Towards rear, kept on same pace from 3 out, 9th of 20, 10l behind Reine Angevine (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd.