INDEVAN has always been well regarded so it was a surprise when he was beaten by Que Pasa at Galway though a combination of very fast ground and some sloppy jumping may have been the reason. This looks more like his trip and ground and he can recoup losses. Silver Tassie and Lots Of Memories fought out the finish of a Listowel novices' event last month with the latter getting the better of the argument by just over 2l though he was receiving 10lb and the runner-up has since scored at Clonmel. Band Of Blood looked a nice prospect when scoring here in May and has been given a break since disappointing at Ballinrobe a couple of weeks later. There are plenty of others with chances in a race that should provide clues for the coming months.
Indevan 11-8fav (11-12) Chased leader, not fluent 1st, closer order circuit to go, challenged and on terms before straight, not fluent last, headed and no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Que Pasa (11-5) at Galway 2m 2f nh nov hdl gf in Sep.
Silver Tassie 4-5fav (11-12) Held up, 5th halfway, closer in 4th entering straight, ridden to challenge before 2 out, led last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft beating Top Cat Henry (11-12) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Band Of Blood (IRE) 7-4fav (11-10) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, close up and mistake 3 out, travelled well to challenge after 2 out, ridden before straight, no extra in 3rd entering straight, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Hunting Party (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hdl sft in May.
Lots Of Memories (IRE) 5-2fav (10-9) Soon chased leaders, closed up on inner going well approaching straight, challenged 2 out, soon led, bad mistake last, joined run-in, stayed on well to get on top again close home, won at Listowel 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft in Sep beating Silver Tassie (11-5) by nk, 12 ran.
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 7-4fav (11-11) Led until carried out by loose horse approaching 5th, in a race won by Operating (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Tropical Three (IRE) 13-8fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, slight mistakes 5 out and 4 out, 2nd before straight and soon challenged under pressure, led and stayed on best run-in, won at Listowel 2m Mares Hurdle (4-7yo) in Sep beating Little King Robin (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Easter Hunt (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Ld/disp, ld from 3out, 3l adv when good jump 2out, gng best with 2l adv when fell last, unlucky, in a race won by Tullyesker Hill (10-11) at Dawstown 3m ire ptp gd in May, 15 ran.
Little King Robin (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Led, ridden entering straight, headed after 2 out, dropped to 3rd run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Cailin Annamh (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hdl sft.