THE HOUSEKEEPER makes her debut over fences and looks one to follow. She jumped well and made all to beat Taglietelle over hurdles at Down Royal and had earlier scored very easily at Fairyhouse so could have a big future. Third Opinion hasn't had much luck so far but that will change and the progressive six-year-old looks a big threat. Gallant Tipp makes his chasing bow and will find this competition more to his liking than racing in Grade 2 company over hurdles. He's well bred for this job and looks a threat as does point-to-point and hurdles winner Subtle Ben, another making his debut over the bigger obstacles after an eye-catching run over timber at Punchestown.
Bearly Legal (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Chased leaders at slow pace to 5th, dropped to rear 6 out, under pressure from next, improved to chase leaders again straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 5th of 10, 12l behind Band Of Blood (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl.
Chestnut Charlie (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, progress to track leaders in 3rd halfway, 6th when slight mistake 7 out, pushed along when slipped up on bend before next, in a race won by Sizing Australia (11-12) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) gf, 16 ran.
Gallant Tipp (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, closer in 10th 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace straight, 7th of 18, 9l behind Cool Macavity (10-7) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl gd in Apr.
Heads Or Tails (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, pulled up after 3 out,, in a race won by Day Dream Boy (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec, 18 ran.
Limpopo Tom (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, 4th and ridden 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from before 2 out, 4th of 12, 7l behind Theatre Mill (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs gs in Apr.
Subtle Ben (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Towards rear, some progress from before straight, soon no impression, kept on without threatening, 8th of 25, 7l behind Off The Charts (11-2) at Punchestown 3m.
Tell Dawstown (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Soon chased leaders, not fluent 5th and 6th, 6th before 5 out, no extra from 3 out, eased from before straight, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Tooreen (10-10) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-109 in Mar.
The Engineer (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, 7th 6 out, lost place from after 4 out, no extra approaching straight, 14th of 21, well behind Maguire's Glen (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Mar.
Third Opinion (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Chased leaders until fell 6th, in a race won by Operating (11-7) at Cork 2m 4f amat beg chs in Apr, 13 ran.
Uponthe Hoof (IRE) 5-1fav (10-3) Held up towards rear early, 11th halfway, headway into 6th 3 out, ridden before straight, soon pulled up quickly, in a race won by Coole Avenue (10-4) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl hvy in Sep '12, 15 ran.
The Housekeeper (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Made all and soon clear, slightly reduced lead after 4 out, pushed along after 3 out, stayed on strongly from last, easily, won at Down Royal 2m 6f hdl gf beating Taglietelle (11-8) by 10l, 5 ran.