DON COSSACK, placed in Grade company on his last two starts over timber, could hardly have been more impressive on his chasing bow at Galway, coming home 20l clear. There are very much better rivals but there's more to come and he can complete the double. Morning Assembly, a Grade 1 winner over hurdles at the Festival here in April, was another impressive winner on his debut over fences here last month despite looking in need of the experience, scoring by just over 3l from Si C'Etait Vrai. He'll win more races this season and also has the beating of third-placed Clonbanan Lad on that form.
Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Held up early, 7th halfway, headway into 4th 4 out, 3rd next, ridden 2 out, no impression before last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Don Cossack (GER) 10-11fav (11-12) Soon chased leaders in 4th, 3rd before 5 out where not fluent, in pursuit of pace-setter in 2nd 3 out, closed and led last, quickly clear, stayed on well straight, easily, won at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Oct beating Dressedtothenines (11-5) by 20l, 9 ran.
Los Amigos (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Prominent in chasing group, left in front from 8th, pressed straight, not entirely fluent last, stayed on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft beating Grand Jesture (11-11) by 1l, 9 ran.
Morning Assembly (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Led and disputed, mistake 2nd, led entering straight, ridden before last, kept on well run-in, won at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct beating Si C'etait Vrai (11-12) by 4l, 10 ran.
Si C'etait Vrai (FR) 7-2 (11-12) Led and disputed, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression winner before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.