An extremely strong beginners event for the money. The Real Article hasn't proved himself anywhere near as good over fences as hurdles and though runner-up to the very useful Beachdale Lad at Roscommon last time he was beaten a long way. Nearest The Pin has also been slightly disappointing so far over fences but hasn't been beaten far in his last two starts and is beginning to get the hang of the job. Sizing Italy has had very little experience and has plenty more to offer. His recent second to Johannisberger was a fine effort and he has to be on the short-list. STEPS TO FREEDOM, a winner eight times in a fine career to date, made a very promising debut over fences behind the useful Arnaud at Roscommon and with further progress likely and conditions to suit he's handed the vote.
Analyse That (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, struggling from before 6 out, soon progress to chase leaders, moderate 2nd and no impression from 2 out, fell last, in a race won by Sin Palo (11-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f beg chase sft in Jun '12, 14 ran.
Ancient Days (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Towards rear, no impression into straight, kept on without threatening, 8th of 16, 23l behind Blazing Sonnet (10-13) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in May.
Flight Control (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 3rd 5 out, lost place 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 34l behind Luimneach Abu (11-9) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Maggie's Boy (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 3rd 5out, chall 3out & sn clr of rmdr, 2nd when mstk 2out, to ld early flat, sn no ex & hdd late, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Charlie Swift (12-0) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp gd in Jun.
Mayday Frontier (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Chased leaders early, pushed along in 8th halfway, ridden and weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Revolutionary Road (11-6) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Nearest The Pin (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Soon mid-division, progress 6 out, challenged 2 out, 2nd at last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Blue Cannon (11-6) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase gf in Jun.
Pozyc (FR) 7-2 (11-2) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden and no impression in 4th after 2 out, weakened in straight, 6th of 8, 21l behind The Bishop Looney (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl in Feb '12.
Sir Harry Cash 10-1 (11-9) Mid-division, ridden in 7th and no impression after 4 out, soon weakened and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Carry Each Other (11-12) at Thurles 2m 5f beg chase hvy in Feb, 16 ran.
Sizing Italy (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders, jumped left 2nd, in pursuit of winner but no impression in 2nd approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 10l behind Johannisberger (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase gd in May.
Steps To Freedom (IRE) 13-8fav (10-13) Waited with, 5th of the 6, hit 2nd, 4th into straight, ridden into 3rd at last, every chance run-in, stayed on well, not quite get to winner, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Arnaud (10-9) at Roscommon 2m chs gf in Jun.
The Real Article (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Soon chased leaders, went in pursuit of winner from 4 out, closed into straight, challenged and every chance 3 out, no extra from after next, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 14l behind Beachdale Lad (11-9) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chase gf in Jun.
The Shepherd King (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Keen hold, tracked leaders, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 8th of 14, 19l behind Blue Cannon (11-6) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase gf in Jun.
Total Excitement (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Prominent in chasing group, well off the pace, no impression from 3 out, moderate 3rd when fell next, in a race won by Esporao (11-12) at Clonmel 2m beg chase in Jun, 14 ran.
Western Man (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Badly hampered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Tom Horn (11-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f beg chase gf in Jun, 13 ran.
Cause Of Causes (USA) 5-1 (11-6) Waited with towards rear, pushed along from 4 out, soon no impression, kept on, 6th of 14, 38l behind Beachdale Lad (11-9) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chase gf in Jun.
Powertakeoff (IRE) 28-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, headway before 5th, ridden before 2 out, one pace last, 5th of 11, 9l behind Morning Time (10-9) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Sizing Solution (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) Bumped 1st, prominent, 3rd and no impression from before 2 out where not fluent, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 28l behind Another Rebel (11-7) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Jun.
Pals Leg (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Soon chased leaders, 4th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace approaching next, 4th of 16, 14l behind Fromthecloudsabove (10-9) at Wexford 3m mdn hdl gf in Jun.