THE ETHIOPIAN is penalised for his lone success on the Flat back in 2007 but his recent efforts over timber, especially when runner-up to Ceol Rua at Fairyhouse last month, suggest he can overcome the burden. Winning point-to-pointer Saddlenomore showed her best form under Rules to date at Downpatrick and will have no problems with either the trip or going while Suir View Girl plodded on over 2m2f last time and will enjoy the extra 3f here. Alf Wright was the surprise winner of a Milltown point-to-point last month after showing very little in bumpers.
The Ethiopian (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 4th entering straight, ridden to challenge in close 2nd 2 out and mistake, under pressure in 3rd before last, 2nd and no impression leader last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Ceol Rua (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Alf Wright (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Tr ldrs, 4th 1/2way, ld app 2out, quickened well from last, won at Milltown 3m ire ptp gs in Nov beating Hinesight (11-4) by 5l, 15 ran.
Betterthanalright (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Prominent and disputed lead, 3rd approaching 3 out, soon no extra and weakened approaching straight, 9th of 20, well behind Please Talk (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Chicken Chaser (IRE) 50-1 (11-11) Led and clear with 2nd, reduced advantage entering straight, ridden and headed 3f out, no extra in 4th 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 45l behind The Paparrazi Kid (11-11) at Navan 2m N H flat hvy.
Renoyr (FR) 100-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 6th 4 out, soon no impression, 10th of 20, 44l behind Golanbrook (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.
Sacre Malta (FR) 66-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, weakened after 7th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Gallox Bridge (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
The Boat People (IRE) Talkin Man gelding out of Rigorous.
Saddlenomore (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Led, ridden and headed approaching last, no extra and kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 20l behind Mae's Choice (10-13) at Downpatrick 2m 5f mdn hdl.
Suir View Girl (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Rear of mid-division, some progress from 3 out, left 2 places closer and kept on behind leaders straight, 4th of 20, 27l behind Golanbrook (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.