THE CRAFTY BUTCHER failed to land the odds on his hurdling bow at Cork a week ago. He found Blossom Gate too good but had today's rival Coolmill eight lengths behind with Vintage Supreme beaten even further and can confirm superiority in this. Futuramic hasn't looked like winning yet but was placed over a shorter trip here back in January while Fitzcarraldo also has bits of form that could see him figure. Steady Ed has a bit to find and Agamemnon hasn't raced since 2009.
Agamemnon (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) In rear, 9th 6f out, kept on same pace from 3f out, 5th of 12, 16l behind Pay The Bounty (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f N H flat hvy in Jun '09.
Coolmill (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Close up and disputed lead, 2nd before 2 out, no impression approaching last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 10l behind Blossom Gate (10-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Fitzcarraldo 14-1 (12-0) Chased leader, moderate 2nd after 6f, 3rd halfway, weakened over 3f out, 5th of 10, 35l behind Posiden Sea (11-4) at Clonmel 2m N H flat.
Futuramic (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 5th 3 out, soon no extra, 10th of 17, 28l behind Carrig Millie (11-5) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Mar.
Steady Ed (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, closer in 2nd 3 out, ridden from next, weakened straight, 5th of 8, 32l behind Jupitor (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Oct.
The Crafty Butcher (IRE) 9-10fav (11-12) Soon mid-division, closer in 4th 4 out, chased winner before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Blossom Gate (10-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Vintage Supreme (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 7th before straight, no impression from before 2 out, 10th of 16, 22l behind Blossom Gate (10-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl.