Another interesting contest in which FOLSOM BLUE bids to redeem his reputation. Conor O'Dwyer's charge, runner-up to Lyreen Legend in a Grade 2 at Thurles in March, started odds-on for a novices contest at Navan a couple of weeks later but failed to produce the goods. He's the one to beat on that earlier form and is handed the vote in the hope that he's fit enough after a break. Maller Tree wasn't beaten far in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse in April and is young enough to make good progress this season. He had Texas Jack well behind in that latter contest and should confirm the form but Owega Star could cause a problem with fitness on his side as he produced some very good efforts around this time a year ago and there's definitely more to come. Ballyburke is by no means out of this though his last four runs were over fences and that looks to be his future.
Folsom Blue (IRE) 9-10fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, pecked on landing 3rd, 4th halfway, ridden and no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 14l behind My Murphy (11-7) at Navan 2m 7f nov hdl sft in Mar.
Owega Star (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, ridden in moderate 7th after 3 out, no impression, 6th of 9, 35l behind Captain Cee Bee (11-7) at Tipperary 2m hdl G2 (1) hvy.
Texas Jack (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, ridden after 2 out and no extra in 6th approaching last, 6th of 8, 29l behind Dedigout (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Apr.
Ballyburke (IRE) 4-1fav (10-9) Held up in rear of mid-division on outer, some headway into 8th 4 out, went 3rd 2 out, ridden to go 2nd before last, drifted left under pressure run-in and no impression on winner, 2nd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Cadogan (11-1) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
Maller Tree 16-1 (10-12) Waited with towards rear, kept on without threatening from 2 out, 9th of 18, 30l behind Drive Time (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.