Lough Ferrib was in cracking form on the flat and over hurdles all last year but he's 10lbs higher than for his latest success at Limerick in September. The progressive Stradbally is another with a long absence to overcome having not been seen since landing a maiden here last June. ROAD RUNNER defied a long absence to score at Downpatrick last March and almost did the same when reappearing at Gowran where he was just touched off by Max Almighty. Hidden Crack ran very well for a long way at Fairyhouse a month ago and this much faster ground can enable him to go close.
Onzo Mor (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Never a factor, tailed off,, 13th of 14, well behind Knockbrack Vic (11-1) at Clonmel 2m 4f Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (4yo+) sft in Feb.
Paco Jack (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, 19th of 24, well behind Sivota (10-11) at Punchestown 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (8Evens23) (4yo+) gd in Apr.
Lough Ferrib (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, improved 4 out, 3rd next, 2nd travelling best before straight, led 2 out where not fluent, clear when not fluent again last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Sep beating Markey Cee (10-13) by 6l, 17 ran.
Derravarra Eagle (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Prominent, 2nd before 3 out, soon lost place and no impression from before straight, kept on same pace, 13th of 20, 32l behind Instinctive (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens16 in Apr.
Hidden Crack 20-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway to lead 4 out, ridden and challenged 2 out, soon headed, weakened before last, 9th of 25, 30l behind Quito De La Roque (11-5) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Major Key (FR) 5-1 (11-3) Towards rear, ridden from 3 out, soon no impression, 10th of 11, well behind Rose's Emma (10-4) at Down Royal 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens09 hvy in Feb.
Sinbinned (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division best, no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 10th of 28, well behind Belvedere Cruising (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl (6yo+) hvy in Mar.
Fistoulig (FR) 9-2fav (9-10) Mid-division, 11th and driven along 4 out, no impression from next, 14th of 21, 26l behind Dancing Tornado (11-0) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Mar.
Molly's Boy (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Soon mid-division, progress before 4 out, 5th straight, kept on same pace under pressure from after 2 out, 4th of 11, 6l behind Cheer Up (10-7) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 hvy in Apr.
Le Leopard (USA) 18-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway into 5th approaching straight, ridden in 6th from 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 20, 7l behind Carlowsantana (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Apr.
Retrievethelegend (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) In rear, ridden into 8th before last, kept on without threatening run-in, 6th of 20, 8l behind Instinctive (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens16 in Apr.
Road Runner (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Soon tracked leaders, closer in 2nd approaching straight, dropped to 3rd and ridden between last 2, 2nd and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 20, 1 3/4l behind Max Almighty (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (4yo+) sft in Mar.
Spiderback (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division, weakened 4 out, 16th of 18, well behind Plaisir D'estruval (9-3) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 in Mar.
Stradbally (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead after 3 out, ridden and headed briefly before last, stayed on to lead again run-in, kept on well, won at Sligo 2m 5yo mdn hdl gd in Jun beating Itsuptoyou (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
Catskill 50-1 (11-7) Soon well off pace in mid-division, never a factor, 12th of 16, well behind Whatuthink (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chs sft in Nov.
L'Oiseau de Feu (USA) 6-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway in 4th 3 out, ridden in 7th and no extra before 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 15, 18l behind Sebadee (10-12) at Tramore 2m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (4yo+) gf in Apr.
Boyney Boy (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway on inner to go 2nd entering straight, no extra in 4th approaching last, weakened, 9th of 16, 17l behind Castle Anshan (11-4) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf in Apr.
Parnell Street (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th after 4 out, 7th before straight, soon no impression, 6th of 12, 16l behind Got Attitude (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m beg chase sft in Mar.
Not To Know 17-2 (11-10) Mid-division, no impression and kept on same pace approaching straight, 11th of 20, 18l behind Carlowsantana (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Apr.