Clonbanan Lad had strong form in bumpers and over hurdles and made a very encouraging debut over fences behind the potentially useful Owega Star at Listowel with a couple of well regarded types behind. He'll have learnt plenty from that and will take some beating. However, MORNING ASSEMBLY has always looked as though he would make a high-class chaser and turns to the bigger obstacles after his victory in a Grade 1 novices' hurdle at the Festival here in April. Pat Fahy will have him ready and Ruby Walsh can steer the six-year-old to a winning start. Corbally Ghost didn't get far at Galway on Monday, his first start for almost two years, and though Operating made a pleasing start over fences behind Felix Yonger here in May, he's held by Clonbanan Lad on hurdles form. Dual Grade 3 winning hurdler Our Vinnie looks a cracking recruit to chasing as does Si C'etait Vrai.
Balaic Storm (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 2nd, ridden along in 5th approaching 4 out, no extra and weakened, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind A Decent Excuse (11-7) at Naas 3m mdn hdl in Nov.
Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Mid-division, closer in 5th after 8 out, improved to 2nd 3 out, challenged entering straight, led before 2 out, headed 2 out and soon ridden, no extra from last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Owega Star (11-12) at Listowel 2m 6f beg chs sft in Sep.
Corbally Ghost (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders until fell 4th, in a race won by Don Cossack (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy, 9 ran.
Kashline (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra entering straight, weakened, 8th of 12, 44l behind Acapulco (10-11) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Morning Assembly (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Chased leaders in 3rd, 2nd halfway, improved to narrow lead 3 out, ridden and challenged entering straight, narrowly headed before last, regained lead run-in and stayed on strongly closing stages, won at Punchestown 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Apr beating Inish Island (11-10) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Operating (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 5 out, 2nd 3 out, ridden entering straight, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Felix Yonger (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in May.
Our Vinnie (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, creeping closer when brought down 6th, in a race won by At Fishers Cross (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Mar, 13 ran.
Si C'etait Vrai (FR) 16-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, kept on same pace from 2 out, 10th of 22, 12l behind The Paparrazi Kid (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Call Rog (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, ridden from 3 out, 10th entering straight, weakened, 14th of 22, 36l behind Acapulco (11-4) at Punchestown 3m hvy in Apr.
Darwins Theory (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Badly hampered 5th, always towards rear, 9th of 16, 42l behind Minella For Value (11-12) at Listowel 2m 4f beg chs in Sep.