Very Vite was having his first start for well over two years when runner-up to Fredsmemory at Navan but that didn't look the best of races and this looks tougher. No doubt he'll have come on for the run but he'll be a short price and looks worth opposing with THEKINGOFCONNEMARA. Liz Doyle's charge looked in need of a greater test of stamina when staying on strongly over the minimum trip at Cork in October and will almost certainly get that here. Winning point-to-pointer Wedding Present is another who will be suited by today's distance after a promising debut under Rules at Cork while the four-year-olds Giantofaman and Mullaghanoe River have shown enough potential to suggest they can get involved.
Captain Lob (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Prominent, led 3f out, soon ridden, headed 2f out, soon no extra and dropped to moderate 4th, 4th of 6, 35l behind Owen Mc (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
De Glebe Star (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Prominent, ridden entering straight, weakened from over 2f out, 5th of 10, 26l behind Fredsmemory (11-7) at Navan 2m N H flat hvy.
Famous Last Words (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Keen hold, led after 4f, headed 2f out, kept on well final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 17, shd behind Articular (10-11) at Thurles 2m NH flat in Mar '11.
Fergiethelegend (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Mid-division, closer in 4th 2 out, soon ridden, went 2nd before last, kept on well and strongly pressed winner to line, 2nd of 8, nk behind Jupitor (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Laveron Gold (IRE) Laveron gelding out of Tobertaskin Lady.
Ournativecity (IRE) City Honours gelding out of Our Valentine.
Thekingofconnemara (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Soon mid-division, 9th from 6f out, pushed along from under 4f out, no impression from over 2f out, stayed on well without troubling winner final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 18, 4l behind Elegant Statesman (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat in Oct.
Very Vite (IRE) 1-2fav (12-0) Tracked leaders, ridden in 2nd 3f out, 3rd 2f out, went 2nd again inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Fredsmemory (11-7) at Navan 2m N H flat hvy.
Wedding Present (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to challenge 4f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, strongly pressed, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Bell Weir (11-4) at Cork 2m N H flat sft.
Giantofaman (IRE) 11-4 (11-11) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 1 1/2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 7l behind Hawaii Five Nil (11-4) at Clonmel 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
Max Fine (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Prominent, 2nd 3f out, soon ridden and weakened, 10th of 17, 18l behind Outlander (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf sft.
Mullaghanoe River (IRE) 9-4 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along early straight and 5th 2f out, went 2nd 1f out but no chance with easy winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 11l behind Thunder And Roses (11-10) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat sft in Oct.
On The Shannon (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Ld, strongly pressed 2out, narrow adv when left clr at last, won at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp hvy beating Say It Again (10-11) by 7l, 13 ran.
Usuel Smurfer (FR) 5-2 (11-7) Rcd 2nd, ld 2out, qcknd clr, lft clr last, won at Oldcastle 2m ire ptp gs in Apr beating Definite Daly (10-6) by 8l, 14 ran.
La Femme Blanche (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, disputed lead from 5f out, no extra and weakened approaching straight, 6th of 7, well behind Caoimhe's Delight (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 2f mares n h flat hvy in Nov.