This is a stronger bumper than the first division and if A P McCoy is hanging around to ride NEVER NEVER that should signal a first victory for Donald McCain's charge, who showed potential with a close second at Leopardstown when trained by Ted Walsh. Transient Bay attempted to make all at Sedgefield earlier in the month and didn't weaken until a furlong out while Warriors Tale made a promising debut at Ayr in November and was taking on much better opposition at Musselburgh in January. Clan Legend is related to numerous winners and may prove best of the newcomers.
Fort Canning Barathea gelding out of Cream Tease.
Major Ridge (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 26l behind The Unsub (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) hvy.
Present Flight (IRE) 7-4 (11-9) Rcd 3rd/4th, ld 3out & good jump 2out, 2nd bef last where faster jump & ld early flat, no ex & hdd under 100 yards out, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Free Expression (11-9) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec.
Warriors Tale 3-1 (11-4) Held up in 4th, left tracking leading pair paddock bend, effort over 2f out, ridden and one pace over 1f out, no impression in 4th inside final furlong, just failed for 3rd near finish, 4th of 8, 8l behind El Namoose (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gs in Jan.
Clan Legend Midnight Legend gelding out of Harrietfield.
Golden Orchid (IRE) Arcadio mare out of Midnight Orchid.
Never Never (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and went 2nd 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Off The Mark (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft.
Toarmandowithlove (IRE) Choisir mare out of Deadly Buzz.
Transient Bay (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Led, headed over 5f out, led again over 4f out until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 9, 13l behind Degooch (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft.