KNOCKANARRIGAN can hardly be opposed here and should complete a hat-trick. His two latest victories have been over fences but Dessie Hughes is taking advantage of his much lower hurdles rating and he'll take some beating. Wandering Aengus looks the main threat after a narrow defeat by Abolitionist at Punchestown where he looked more at home on the quicker ground. Sarah Battle and Cool Oscar were behind and look held but Fresh By Nature bounced back to form with a very good run behind Protaras on fast going at Down Royal. Polish Partisan is still a maiden after nine starts over timber and is making his handicap debut with a huge weight.
Polish Partisan (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, slight mistake 3rd, soon 2nd, ridden 3 out, challenged 2 out, 2nd and no extra before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Back To Bracka (11-12) at Sligo 2m 4f in May.
Acapulco Gold (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) In rear, pushed along briefly from 4th, under pressure from next, soon no extra, 9th of 10, 43l behind Getoutwhenyoucan (10-2) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Namarama (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Soon towards rear, not fluent 6 out, soon no impression, no extra from before 3 out and pulled up before 2 out,, in a race won by Hareth (10-2) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-116 in May, 15 ran.
Fresh By Nature (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden 5 out, moderate 7th 3 out, 5th and stayed on from 2 out, kept on well run-in to 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Protaras (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gf in May.
Knockanarrigan (IRE) 6-4fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 6th, on terms 8th, in front and still travelling smoothly straight, slight mistake 2 out, soon clear, stayed on well run-in, easily,, won at Punchestown 3m hcp chs 0-109 gd in May beating Chestnut Charlie (11-12) by 6l, 14 ran.
Easy Reach (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden 3 out, stayed on into 8th entering straight, no impression in 7th 2 out, kept on one pace from before last, 5th of 18, 9l behind Hospital (11-4) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 gs in Apr.
Wandering Aengus 4-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, improved to dispute lead travelling smoothly before 2 out, headed before straight, every chance in 2nd from before last, kept on well without quite matching 1st 2 closing stages,, 3rd of 23, 3/4l behind Abolitionist (10-12) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May.
Bearly Legal (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Chased leaders at slow pace to 5th, dropped to rear 6 out, under pressure from next, improved to chase leaders again straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 5th of 10, 12l behind Band Of Blood (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl in May.
Bangonform (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Soon mid-division, reminders from 8th, 9th 4 out, no extra approaching straight, 8th of 17, well behind Some Hawk (11-6) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 in May.
Boss Croaker (IRE) 5-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, close 2nd at last, 3rd early run-in and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 11l behind Easy Vic (10-2) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 sft in Mar.
Define (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Soon mid-division, 7th 4 out, no extra approaching straight, 11th of 17, well behind Some Hawk (11-6) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 in May.
Wells China (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Towards rear, improved after 4 out, chased leaders and not fluent 2 out, went right before last where 4th, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Akatara (11-5) at Kilbeggan 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gd.
Court Frontier (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Held up, 9th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 7th of 12, 42l behind Allez Vic (11-4) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf in May.
Cool Oscar (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, closed travelling smoothly from 4 out, dropped to moderate 4th before straight, no extra in moderate 6th from before last where bumped, kept on same pace run-in,, 6th of 23, 16l behind Abolitionist (10-12) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May.
Spacious Sky (USA) 16-1 (9-10) Towards rear, no danger approaching straight, kept on, 13th of 25, 25l behind Macnicholson (11-11) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 88-123 in May.
Baidin Fheilimi (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 4th 2 out, under pressure before last and kept on one pace run-in, 4th of 16, 2l behind Never Said That (10-12) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May.
Bonifacio (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Soon tracked leaders, 2nd 2 out, still close up in 3rd when mistake last, no extra and kept on same pace run-in 4th of 16, 4l behind Akatara (11-5) at Kilbeggan 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gd.
Loughnagall (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, reminders halfway and jumped left 10th, no extra 5 out and weakened, pulled up before next,, in a race won by Thelobstercatcher (11-2) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 in Jan, 14 ran.
Sarah Battle (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Soon chased leaders, not fluent 4 out, moderate 5th before straight, moderate 4th and no impression from before last, kept on one pace,, 5th of 23, 8l behind Abolitionist (10-12) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May.
Easy Vic (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up, soon in rear of mid-division, closer order to chase leaders approaching 3 out, moderate 3rd before straight, edged slightly left before last where closed, kept on well under pressure closing stages, not quite get to winner,, 2nd of 23, 1/2l behind Abolitionist (10-12) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May.
Montoya's Son (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Mid-division early, dropped to rear 6 out, mistake next, no impression, last of 9, well behind Forever Gold (10-7) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs 0-123 sft in May.