This looks much more competitive than the first division. Poetic Lord couldn't get past Cillan's Return in a big field at Tipperary but that was a fine hurdling debut and there's certain to be more to come. Rich Coast is rated 110 on the Flat after landing a Listed contest at Cork in October. He didn't run badly on his hurdling bow but pulled up at Leopardstown in December and hasn't been seen since. Winning bumper Voluptueux started a short-priced favourite on his debut over timber at Kilbeggan but could only finish third behind Queen Alphabet and Erlkonig. The latter has won subsequently so the form looks decent. Ballychorus looked a smart prospect when storming away with a Killarney bumper so she has to be considered but it's about time HONEY POUND was winning and his recent close second to Ashgar at Tramore gives him the edge.
Italian Riviera 33-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th before 3 out where not fluent, soon no impression and no extra from next, 5th of 12, 35l behind Martello Tower (11-12) at Killarney 2m 4f mdn hdl in May.
Poetic Lord 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd halfway, closer 3 out, ridden before 2 out, close up 2 out, under pressure in 3rd before last, kept on to 2nd run-in, no impression on winner, 2nd of 20, 3 1/2l behind Cillian's Return (11-12) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl in May.
Rich Coast 7-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, moderate 7th approacing 4 out, no extra from next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Double Irish (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Voluptueux (FR) 11-10fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, improved to be on terms 3 out, soon led, headed and dropped to 3rd before straight, no extra when not fluent last, 3rd of 14, 15l behind Queen Alphabet (11-5) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Ballychorus (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Made most, joined from over 2f out, soon led again and kept on well under pressure from 1f out, won at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat in May beating Fort Smith (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Busted Case (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division early, towards rear from 3rd, hung before 4 out, behind and ridden 3 out when mistake, no extra, 10th of 12, well behind Johnny Suku (11-4) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl in May.
Cut The Corner (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Towards rear, moderate 9th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 30l behind Ashjar (11-4) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Honey Pound (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Mid-division, progress to go 2nd 2 out, ridden when not fluent last, kept on one pace run-in, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Ashjar (11-4) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Kilene Brook (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, ridden 4 out, some progress into moderate 6th entering straight, no impression and kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 25l behind Back To Bracka (11-12) at Sligo 2m 4f in May.
Lake Chapala (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Pairofbrowneyes (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jan.
Long House Island (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, moderate 4th and no impression 3 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, well behind Marlbrook (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl hvy in Mar '13.
Ram Them All (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Led, headed from 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off
Roumanian (FR) 100-1 (11-9) Slowly away, not fluent 1st and behind, never a factor, tailed off,, 23rd of 24, well behind Fourni (11-5) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Tight Times (IRE) 6-4 (12-2) Rcd 2nd, gng well 2out, ev ch bef last, not qckn late, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind News For Pascal (12-2) at Tyrella 3m ire ptp gs in Mar.
Cill Tseadhna (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Mid div, lst pl & pu 8th, in a race won by Rainbow Sally (11-11) at Stradbally 3m ire ptp gs in May, 17 ran.
Dolly Varden (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, tailed off, 23rd of 24, well behind Shield (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in May.
Give Her Bach (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Mostly 2nd, 3rd when mstk 4out & 3out, dropped 4th bef 2out, so bef last in 2l 2nd, ld 50 yards out, won at Kinsale 3m ire ptp in May beating Katcha Kopek (11-1) by 1l, 16 ran.
Heavenly Star (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden along over 3f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 17l behind Solita (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f NH flat gd in May.
Cornahilt Boru (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Alw twrds rr, v b mstk 4out, rr & pu 3out, in a race won by Bashful Beauty (12-2) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp sft in Dec, 15 ran.
Steel King (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Towards rear, ridden into moderate 8th 4f out, no impression straight, 8th of 14, 33l behind Spa Hill (11-0) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo NH flat gd in Aug.
Dream Beat 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, 9th halfway, no extra 4f out, weakened and eased, completely tailed off, last of 15, well behind Carrigmoorna Rock (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f mares n h flat in Mar.