ABSOLUTE NOTIONS went to the sales two days after landing a bumper here in April and made €370,000. He’ll be expected to make a winning start over timber though Deep Cave was also an expensive purchase, going for £235,000 following a comfortable victory between the flags at Belclare in March. Not too many horses rated in the 100’s on the Flat run over timber so three-times winner Benaud is respected along with stable companion Joshua Des Flos, who made a very promising debut in a Leopardstown bumper in March. Allibaba would be an obvious contender if getting a run from his reserve spot.
Absolute Notions (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Rear of mid-division, progress under 4f out, switched left in 4th under 2f out, good headway to lead 1f out, asserted final 150 yards, ran on strongly, impressive, won at Punchestown 2m Good – Yielding in Apr beating Miss Agusta (10-13) by 6 1/2l, 15 ran.
Ace Aussie (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, not fluent at 2nd, 3rd after 3rd, not fluent 3 out, soon lost place and weakened quickly, 12th of 18, dist behind Rumi (11-7) at Listowel 2m mdn Good – Yielding in Sep.
Benaud (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, rear of mid-division, 14th 3f out, soon ridden, 11th 1f out, no impression, 9th of 30, 4 3/4l behind Waterville (8-9) at Curragh 2m 1f hcp Yielding in Sep.
Bleu D’enfer (FR) 7-1 (11-11) Ww in rr, last 1/2way, rdn but no impression from 2out, bhnd & pu bef last, at Loughanmore 3m mdn Yielding in Oct.
Captain Clever (IRE) 200-1 (10-12) Mid-division, fell 1st, at Punchestown 2m gd in Oct.
Deep Cave (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Ww, prog to tr ldrs 6out, went 3rd 4out, rdn in 6l 3rd appr str, left 2nd 2out, chall ldr last, sn wo, kow, won at Belclare 3m mdn Yielding – Soft in Mar beating Proper Twelve (11-6) by 6l, 8 ran.
Everystep Oftheway (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) In touch, 5th before halfway, 6th halfway, progress after halfway, 3rd 5f out, lost place and weakened quickly approaching straight, 12th of 15, 21 3/4l behind Lisnagar Fortune (11-7) at Punchestown 2m Good – Yielding in Apr.
Headwind (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Rear, some progress after 3 out, no impression 2 out, never a factor, 15th of 23, dist behind Inothewayurthinkin (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn hvy in Nov.
Joshua Des Flos (FR) 3-1 (11-5) In touch, 3rd halfway, 4th over 3f out, closed and almost on terms over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, no impression closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Ballybawn Belter (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m Yielding in Mar.
Low Mileage (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Rear, not fluent at 1st and rider lost iron briefly, 17th after 4th, not fluent 3 out and under pressure, weakened before 2 out, 17th of 23, dist behind Hiddenvalley Lake (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn Yielding – Soft in Nov.
Man Of The House (IRE) 100-1 (11-10) Mid-division, ridden and no impression after 3 out, never a factor, 8th of 16, dist behind Wellington Hill (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn Good – Yielding in Oct.
Oc Go On (IRE) Ocovango gelding out of Angelic Symphony.
On The Tide (IRE) 9-4fav (10-13) Led or disputed lead, ran freely, headed after 6th, led again 4 out, mistake 2 out and headed, soon no impression on principals, no extra run-in, 5th of 14, 18 3/4l behind Ms Agartha Yeats (10-6) at Wexford 2m 5f mdn hvy in Oct.
Size Five (IRE) 100-1 (11-3) Towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 14, 34 1/4l behind Snake Roll (11-4) at Kelso 2m mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Spanish John (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Led, soon headed and tracked leader, 4th halfway, 5th under 6f out, lost place over 3f out, under pressure 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 26 3/4l behind Affordale Fury (11-7) at Galway 2m 1f sft in Oct.
Sunwalk 125-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, 12th before 4th, weakened before 3 out, 19th of 23, dist behind Inothewayurthinkin (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn hvy in Nov.
Cherry Red (IRE) 250-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, never a factor, no extra approaching straight, weakened, 11th of 15, dist behind A Law Of Her Own (11-7) at Thurles 2m Good – Yielding in Oct.
Jane Wilde (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, pushed along and rear of mid-division over 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, never a factor, 8th of 17, 12 1/2l behind Stormalong (11-2) at Cork 2m fll Good – Yielding in May.
Lovely Reaction (IRE) Walk In The Park filly out of Ballinahow Lady.
Macs Lady (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Towards rear, some progress 4f out, ridden and no extra 3f out, weakened and tailed off, last of 10, dist behind But What (11-0) at Punchestown 2m gd in Oct.
Manhattan Lady (IRE) Robin Des Champs filly out of Manhattan Babe.
Raven (IRE) Shantaram filly out of Raven’s Bay.
Ideal De Ciergues (FR) 12-1 (11-6) Mid-division, 8th halfway, came wide entering straight, soon ridden in 9th, progress over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 7th of 15, 17l behind Absolute Notions (11-6) at Punchestown 2m Good – Yielding in Apr.
Ballygriffin Girl (IRE) Doyen filly out of Mill Meadow.
Allibaba 15-8 (11-7) Held up, towards rear early, 5th halfway, 3rd and pushed along 2f out, soon no impression on principals, no extra, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 15 1/4l behind Firm Footings (11-7) at Galway 2m Soft – Heavy in Oct.