TANGLED WEB was unfortunate to come up against a heavily-backed newcomer when runner-up to Drumlee at Thurles. Charlie Swan's charge travelled nicely for much of the way but had no answer to the winner, who was obviously strongly fancied. Compensation awaits here though Bally Longford will provide a threat. He looks more of a staying type after failing to find a finishing burst at Downpatrick though he should still have enough in the locker to see off Gabriel Brandy, who has looked one-paced in both starts to date. Colm Murphy's newcomer Hurt is a half-brother to a winning miler and could prove the pick of the remainder.
Balynaclash Warior (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Ld & disp, went on bef last, ko best, won at Lingstown 3m ire ptp sft in Nov beating Mr Shankly (12-0) by 3l, 14 ran.
Carrolls Comfort (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Disputed early, soon chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden and weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Elsie (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 1f nhf gd in May.
Emperor Of Exmoor (IRE) Montjeu gelding out of Shamriyna.
Forest Way (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression 3f out, 6th of 9, 40l behind Owen Mc (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft.
Gunns Island (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 7th 5f out, kept on same pace straight, 8th of 17, 12l behind Lughnasa (11-2) at Cork 2m N H flat in Mar.
Hurt Kayf Tara gelding out of Be My Bird.
Bally Longford (IRE) 6-5fav (11-11) Led, headed briefly 6f out, led again and ridden approaching straight, strongly pressed and headed inside final furlong, no chance with winner and kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Curley Bill (11-11) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat sft in Nov.
Gabriel Brandy (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Settled mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden into 4th and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 16l behind Owen Mc (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft.
Tangled Web 5-2 (11-11) In touch in mid-division, 4th and smooth headway 4f out, close 3rd into straight, soon ridden, 2nd from 1 1/2f out, kept on well without threatening winner, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Drumlee (11-4) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Nov.