GOLANTILLA, a very impressive winner of a point-to-point and a bumper, ran a tremendous race when third to Briar Hill in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and can take this before heading back there for another crack next month. Killultagh Vic couldn't quite handle the useful Wounded Warrior at Navan then scrambled home over 2m3f here so the four-year-old Red House Hill may prove more of a threat. He was well supported on his debut at Down Royal and duly obliged with the suggestion there was more to come. Victoria Hill had reportedly been schooling well so it was a surprise when he was sent off 33/1 for his debut and even more of a shock when he battled to victory. There was no fluke about it and there's no reason why he shouldn't go well again.
Golantilla (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, kept on same pace, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 23, 9l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Victoria Hill (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, led on bend after stands before halfway, pushed along approaching straight, challenged 1f out, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Thurles 2m N H flat in Jan beating Measureofmydreams (12-0) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Akorakor (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, led 6th, mistake 2 out and soon ridden, headed early run-in and soon no impression, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Sure Reef (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Killultagh Vic (IRE) 4-9fav (11-12) Held up, took keen hold, soon in rear of mid-division, closer order and wide straight, challenged in 2nd under 2f out, led narrowly 1f out, pressed and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Naas 2m 3f N H flat sft in Jan beating On Your Eoin (12-0) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Silverpockets (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Led, clear early, joined over 6f out, soon headed, dropped to moderate 6th and no extra from over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 28l behind Supreme Bailerina (11-9) at Wexford 2m mrs N H flat gf in Jul.
Red House Hill (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, closer in 3rd 3f out, led 2 1/2f out, soon ridden, joined 1 1/2f out, stayed on well under pressure to assert close home, won at Down Royal 2m 4yo nhf hvy beating Railway Rule (11-0) by 1/2l, 7 ran.