Realt Dubh is a high-class performer at his best but his jumping lets him down against strong opposition over the minimum trip, as it did when put in his place by DAYS HOTEL at Cork in December. The winner found 2m4f beyond him subsequently but is the only one of these regarded as a specialist two-miler and looks the one to be on. Call The Police has never raced over the minimum when tackling fences but did score over 2m2f at Thurles last month. He looks a big threat but Roi Du Maree was engaged in the Bobbyjo at Fairyhouse yesterday and this looks much too short for the Grand National entry.
Realt Dubh (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, mistake 2nd, ridden in 4th 3 out, challenged before 2 out, no extra in 2nd before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Days Hotel (11-10) at Cork 2m chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Dec.
Days Hotel (IRE) 2-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders on outer mainly 5th, went 3rd before 4 out, pecked badly on landing next and no impression in moderate 4th 2 out, kept on one pace (reportedly suffered overreach on off fore), 4th of 8, 18l behind Quito De La Roque (11-10) at Thurles 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Roi Du Mee (FR) 15-8fav (11-8) Led, headed 8th, ridden along early straight and no impression on winner approaching last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Quito De La Roque (11-10) at Thurles 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Call The Police (IRE) 5-6fav (11-12) In touch in last, close 4th 3 out, improved into 2nd travelling well entering straight, led after 2 out, and soon ridden, kept on well run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 4f chs hvy beating Magnanimity (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Kylebeg Krystle (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, weakened 3 out, 4th of 5, well behind Sizing Europe (11-12) at Punchestown 2m chs Grd 2 (1) hvy.