Jolily is always capable of a big effort and though well beaten after his Thurles success it was in a better class event than this. DONT BACK DOWN has been steadily making his way over fences and was well backed when seeing off Pigeon Creek at Cork earlier this month. He looks capable of better and connections won't be unhappy with a 4lb rise in the weights so he looks the one to be on. Good Egg wasn't far behind today's rival Hillman at Navan and both have to be respected.
Our Gar (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders mainly 5th, mistake 3 out and dropped to rear, weakened, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Medicinal Compound (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Nov.
Jolily (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Rear of mid-division, headway into 5th 4 out, ridden from next, kept on one paced, 7th of 17, 25l behind Rich Revival (10-9) at Naas 3m hcp chs sft in Mar.
Dont Back Down (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Close up and 2nd for much, led between last 2, joined before last, found more and stayed on well run-in, won at Cork 2m 4f Amateur Beginners Chase (5yo+) beating Pigeon Creek (11-12) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Good Egg (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 2nd after 4 out, ridden in 2nd 3 out, 2nd next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Hillman (10-2) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Mar.
Ballygill Gale (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Soon mid-division, progress and niggled along 4 out, no extra and pulled up before next, in a race won by Raz De Maree (11-3) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150 in Nov, 17 ran.
Prince Of Leisure (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, ridden in 2nd next, no impression from 2 out, 5th of 16, 20l behind Sword Fish (9-11) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135.
Rinroe (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th and no impression before 4 out, left moderate 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 30l behind Darenjan (10-13) at Thurles 2m hcp chs gd.
King Vuvuzela (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Prominent and disputed lead, headed 8th until disputed again 5 out, headed approaching 2 out, no extra in 4th approaching last where left moderate 3rd, dropped to 4th run-in, 4th of 12, 11l behind Solstice Knight (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123.
The Mull (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Mid-division, no extra from 4 out and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Saoirse Dun (9-10) at Naas 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-109 in Nov, 15 ran.
Ample Appeal (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Towards rear, 6th and mistake 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Dont Tell De Purty (9-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd, 8 ran.
Hillman (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, headway after 3 out and led briefly before next, no chance with winner from well before last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 16, 11l behind Fiery Oscar (11-3) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95.
Flamingos Gold (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, ridden from 5 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Wise Oscar (10-8) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-123 sft in Mar, 14 ran.
Tipolino (GER) 5-1 (11-4) Rcd 3rd, mstk 7out, 4l 4th 5out, rddn 3out, kow to take 2nd before last, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Tyrone Golden Rain (12-0) at Oldtown 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Mr Bb (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) In rear, headway from 4 out, ridden in 8th before 2 out, kept on from last, 5th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Lord Alfie (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 sft.
Too Late To Sell (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, 5th after 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Hillman (10-2) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Mar, 12 ran.
Nanos Witness (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden 5 out, moderate 7th and no impression from next, 10th of 20, 21l behind Sitcom (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Mar.