ACTIVE FORCE (Noel Meade) On an otherwise golden day for the popular Meath trainer this horse failed to live up to expectations at Leopardstown on Thursday in what was probably the hottest bumper so far this season. He’ll make amends next time.
BOOT CAMP (Gordon Elliott) Snapped up by Gigginstown and Jessica Harrington was disappointed to lose him. Didn’t set the world alight in last Tuesday’s Leopardstown bumper which was his first run for Gordon Elliott. No surprise if he goes over hurdles straight away and he is reportedly ground versatile, always a big plus in Ireland.
BURNING AMBITION (Pierse Power) Boasts a formidable point to point record and looks an exciting recruit to the Hunters Chase circuit. Justified huge market confidence at Limerick, will need more racecourse experience in the meantime but won’t be out of place at Cheltenham.
MOUNT PELIER (Alan Fleming) While unable to go the pace early on, he was finishing fast when second to smooth winner Carefully Selected in a bumper. Has already had a good spin over hurdles and is clearly useful but will need three miles to really shine.
UCELLO CONTI (Gordon Elliott) A stable outsider in the Paddy Power Chase he ran out of his skin to finish second of the 28 runners. The Aintree Grand National is the target.
SUPASUNDAE (Jessica Harrington) With his stable going through a barren patch – not least with Sizing John on the same day – this was a stand out performance and it was only the 7 lbs allowance that exceptional mare Apple’s Jade received that cost him victory. Already a Cheltenham Festival winner, the Stayers Hurdle beckons.
SYMPA DES FLOS (Willie Mullins) Stepping up big time in trip proved the key for a horse who had previously a frustrating run of seconds, admittedly finishing runner up to some very useful types. But two miles and six at Limerick saw him really come into his own. Will be a good staying hurdler, but could be over fences sooner rather than later.