Having made a superb start to the Festival, Tony Martin's winning point-to-pointer and bumper BLACKMAIL will attract attention on his hurdling debut, especially after a fine prep run on the Flat earlier in the month, and is taken to make a successful start. Enchanted Forest is the form pick over timber but he's now had a total of 30 career starts without winning including 16 over timber. Minella Reception hasn't been seen since October where his jumping went to pieces, and not for the first time, but winning Cork bumper Scienter has all the attributes to make a good hurdler and has to be respected. Pumbaa made a bright start over hurdles behind Band Of Blood at Limerick and that form has worked out quite well so he looks a threat.
Blackmail (FR) 7-1 (12-0) Led, headed entering straight, soon ridden, no extra in 2nd over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 4th closing stages, 4th of 11, 5l behind The Liquidator (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat (1) sft in Apr.
Director's Forum (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Prominent in chasing group, well off the pace, moderate 2nd 4f out, soon closed, weakened approaching final furlong, 7th of 17, 41l behind Nathans Pride (11-11) at Down Royal 2m N H flat gf in Jun.
Enchanted Forest (IRE) 5-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, ridden in 4th from next, went 3rd entering straight, close 2nd on inner at last, stayed on well run-in to strongly press winner to line, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Totally Couture (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in May.
Minella Reception (IRE) 6-4 (11-12) Chased leaders in 3rd, slight mistake 3rd, dropped to 4th 4 out, ridden and no impression after 3 out, moderate 3rd entering straight, mistake last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 25l behind Shrapnel (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl in Oct.
Pumbaa (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, closer 4 out, headway into 4th before straight, ridden into 3rd 2 out, 2nd and no impression winner last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Band Of Blood (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl sft in May.
Roe Deer (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 3 out, no impression straight, 6th of 16, 24l behind Giant's Quest (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl gf in Jun.
Scienter (IRE) 10-3 (12-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden to challenge 3f out, led over 2f out, kept on well from over 1f out, won at Cork 2m N H flat gf beating Masirann (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 20 ran.
Some Article (IRE) 10-3 (11-10) Chased leaders, ran out through rail after 1st, in a race won by Legal Exit (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl in Jan, 20 ran.
Tisamystery (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Led and disputed, ridden 2 out, bad mistake last, headed run-in and no extra, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Military Bowl (11-12) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 5yo mdn hdl gf.
Vinnies Son (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, pushed along into 8th 3 out, moderate 5th before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 18l behind Cracking Man (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gf.
Ashbury (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Mid-division early, soon towards rear, ridden in 10th 2 out, no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 20l behind Only Exception (10-10) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl gd.
Bridgequarter Girl (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, attempted to run out and unseated rider approaching 4 out, in a race won by Golden Palm (10-13) at Killarney 2m 4f mdn hdl gf, 18 ran.
Coral Creek (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, ridden 5 out, soon no impression, 8th of 9, 38l behind Obispo (10-13) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl gf.
Definite Elegance (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway into 3rd 5f out, ridden 4f out, no extra in 5th 3f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 27l behind Bach To Whitingbay (11-9) at Cork 2m 3f N H flat gf.
Katelyn's Way (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Mid-division, some headway and pushed along in 5th when slight mistake 2 out, no impression in straight and kept on one pace, 4th of 16, 12l behind Theonewiththeleg (10-10) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gd.