INIS MEAIN is a classy sort and could be the answer to this tough-looking handicap having had the speed to win over 1m2f on the Flat since landing another competitive affair at Navan. Our Man Zebo chased home Lots Of Memories at Fairyhouse last month but Off The Charts and Some Officer weren't far behind. Limerick scorer Moonlight Boy steps up in trip but has won over 3m between the flags and less exposed than some. Subtle Ben also has plenty of scope while Bob Keown is proving consistent and makes more appeal than The Crafty Butcher and fellow UK raider Tullyesker Hill. Bothair Clei may be the best of these nearer the foot of the handicap.
The Crafty Butcher (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, progress into 8th at 6th, closer in 5th before straight, ridden entering straight, no impression in 4th 2 out, left 3rd last, kept on to 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 10l behind Ludo Et Emergo (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase in Apr.
Theatre Bird (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Led, headed before 5th, weakening when mistake 5th, soon dropped behind leaders, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Gitane Du Berlais (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mrs nov hdl G3 (1) sft in Jan, 8 ran.
Won In The Dark (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Chased leaders early, slight mistake 6th, dropped to last 6 out where not fluent, soon no impression, last of 6, well behind Rebel Fitz (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f hdl hvy in Mar.
Inis Meain (USA) 2-1fav (11-10) Settled in rear, 7th 3 out, ridden to go 3rd approaching last, under pressure and kept on well run-in to lead close home, won at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy in Feb beating Kostar (9-6) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Urano (FR) 20-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, progress into 12th before 4 out, ridden and no extra entering straight, 13th of 23, 36l behind Lots Of Memories (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl in Apr.
Band Of Blood (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Held up, closer at 4th, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Giantofaman (11-3) at Thurles 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Tullyesker Hill (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, pushed along before 4th, mistake and lost place 5th, soon behind, tailed off and pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Double Double (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Apr, 11 ran.
Moonlight Boy (IRE) 4-5fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, challenged entering straight, led before 2 out, ridden and challenged 2 out where mistake, soon narrowly headed, kept on to dispute last, led again run-in and kept on well, won at Limerick 2m mdn hdl in Apr beating Tawseef (11-12) by 3/4l, 17 ran.
Our Man Zebo (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, progress after 3 out, 7th entering straight, ridden into moderate 5th 2 out, stayed on into 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 23, 7l behind Lots Of Memories (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl in Apr.
Landero 9-4fav (11-6) Soon tracked leaders, on terms from before 3 out, struggling a bit when mistake next, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 14l behind Aughnacurraveel (11-5) at Kilbeggan 3m hdl gf in Sep.
Celestial Prospect (AUS) 11-4fav (11-7) Waited with towards rear, closer in 9th and headway before straight, soon tracked leaders, 2nd from 3 out, led last and stayed on well run-in, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gf in Sep beating Tabhachtach (10-11) by 4l, 18 ran.
Off The Charts 8-1 (10-8) Mid-division, ridden into 8th entering straight, no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 23, 19l behind Lots Of Memories (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl in Apr.
Totally Couture (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Towards rear when fell 1st, in a race won by Operating (11-7) at Cork 2m 4f amat beg chs in Apr, 13 ran.
Some Officer (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Rear of mid-division, progress into 10th 5 out, ridden and no extra 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 9th of 23, 19l behind Lots Of Memories (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl in Apr.
Subtle Ben (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 2nd 4 out, led from next, ridden and went clear from 2 out, kept on well, won at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl in Apr beating Cappacurry Zak (11-4) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Viaduct Joey (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Led briefly early, tracked leader, a little slow 5 out, jumped left and reminders from 3 out, 8th before straight, weakened, 9th of 10, 42l behind Once And Always (10-3) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Mar.
Bob Keown (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Prominent, led 3 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 19, 3l behind Tinker Time (11-2) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Annie Oakley (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, 4th from 4th, ridden and dropped to last 4 out, soon weakened, last of 5, 40l behind Balnaslow (11-10) at Tramore 2m 6f chs in Apr.
Slew Charm (FR) 25-1 (10-2) Mid-division, jumped right 1st, towards rear and mistake 2nd, progress into 6th before 4 out, ridden and no impression after 4 out, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 15, well behind Hidden Horizons (10-3) at Downpatrick 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 sft in Mar.
Count Salazar (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, ridden before next, dropped to 3rd after last, no extra, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Drive On Locky (10-8) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-109 in Apr.
Everything Zain (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Soon in rear, still towards back when impeded by faller 3 out, no danger approaching straight, 6th of 9, well behind Man With Van (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl hvy in Feb.
Express Du Berlais (FR) 11-2 (9-10) Led early, tracked leader in 2nd after 1st, pushed along when slight mistake 4 out, no extra in 8th entering straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 22l behind Cara's Oscar (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 in Apr.
Bangonform (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Rear of mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression early straight, moderate 5th before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 21l behind Cara's Oscar (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 in Apr.
Bothair Clei (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Soon chased leaders, travelling smoothly approaching straight, challenged 3 out, on terms from before next, led soon after 2 out, clear last, reduced lead closing stages and kept on to hold on at the finish, won at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar beating Globalized (9-10) by hd, 13 ran.
Mini Vic (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake 4th, 6th halfway, mistake 4 out, ridden into 4th before straight, stayed on into 2nd before 2 out, no impression on winner from 2 out, 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Clara Mc Cloud (11-6) at Limerick 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl in Apr.
Theleze (FR) 11-8fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out, pressed when not fluent 2 out, not fluent & left clear last, stayed on well run-in, won at Limerick 2m 3f mares mdn hdl hvy in Mar '12 beating Castlerock Rose (11-7) by 15l, 16 ran.
Allez Vic (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, improved to lead 3 out, ridden before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Mar beating Not For Burning (11-3) by 4l, 16 ran.
Company Coming (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 7th and mistake 3 out, progress into 3rd entering straight, ridden before 2 out, no extra in 4th before last, 5th and kept on one pace run-in (placed 4th), 4th of 16, 13l behind Desertmore Stream (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl hvy in Apr.