Chute Hall was just touched off by Rightdownthemiddle over the course and distance last month and the winning point-to-pointer looks certain to get into the action. Another winner between the flags, Guiding George, will have found Sligo's 2m2f too sharp when last seen in May and this looks much more to his liking. However, this looks destined for the champion trainer as FAUGHEEN, an easy winner of a point-to-point last year, made a spectacular start under Rules when slamming his field by 22l in a bumper here in May and could well be a future star.
Chute Hall (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd before 4 out, 2nd 3 out and soon led, headed 2 out and ridden, strongly pressed winner from before last, kept on, just held, 2nd of 8, nk behind Rightdownthemiddle (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl in Oct.
Faugheen (IRE) 11-8fav (12-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 2nd over 4f out, travelled well to challenge entering straight, led under 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on strongly, impressive, won at Punchestown 2m 5yo nhf gd in May beating Josses Hill (11-11) by 22l, 22 ran.
Guiding George (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Mistake 2nd and held up early, 5th halfway, 4th before 4 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on to moderate 3rd run-in, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Kilcarry Bridge (11-1) at Sligo 2m 2f sft in May.
Highbrow Blue (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division off pace, headway approaching straight and 7th 3f out, no chance with easy winner and kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 18l behind Racing Pulse (11-10) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct.
Max Fine (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Tracked leader in 2nd, pushed along and dropped to 5th entering straight, no extra from 2 out, kept on one pace to go moderate 4th run-in, 4th of 12, 19l behind Gold Patrol (11-1) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl gd.
Notification (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division, a bit slow 4 out, no impression from before straight, 7th of 15, 15l behind Dangan Daylight (10-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Mar '12.
Oscar Chimes (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Soon led, joined after 4f, headed soon after, remained prominent, lost place over 4f out, 10th over 3f out, soon no impression, 8th of 14, 14l behind Gocheck (11-7) at Thurles 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Say It Again (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Chased clear leaders in 4th, closer halfway and 2nd approaching straight, ridden 3f out and no extra from well over 1f out, weakened, 7th of 14, 23l behind Racing Pulse (11-10) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct.
Catalan Cruz (IRE) 9-4 (11-9) Rcd 4th & ww, gng well 3out, dropped last 2out, no ex, last of 5, 12l behind Ches Calls Time (12-0) at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Nina's Witness (IRE) Witness Box mare out of Nina's Best.
Nosey Box (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tr ldrs, cl up 3out, not qckn aftr 2out, ko, 5th of 18, 22l behind Hi Vic (12-0) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov '12.