Back Off Mate has only had four runs over fences, scoring at Wexford in October, but he comes here in fine form having won on the Flat at Sligo three weeks ago. Raise Hell produced easily his best effort over fences when narrowly beaten by Zane Grey at Tramore last weekend and has to be a big threat to all in that kind of form. It's a surprise to see Notimetoserve racing over this trip as he won over 2m6f at Tramore in April before a poor run over a longer trip at Kilbeggan. IMPERIAL JOEY won over the course and distance in April and though 10lb higher Andrew Ring's claim eases the burden and he's been running well enough over slightly further to suggest he can gain his second course success. John Monroe has won this for the past two years with Muzak but Monroe's Live doesn't have the form to follow suit.
Armaramak (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Soon towards rear, ridden from 4th, trailing when pulled up halfway, dismounted, in a race won by Jacksonslady (10-10) at Galway 2m 6f chs gd in Jul, 12 ran.
Back Off Mate (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Soon mid-division, 8th early, no impression from before straight, 8th of 17, 40l behind Blacklough (11-3) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 in Apr.
King Ali (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Always behind, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 6th of 9, 37l behind Forever Gold (10-7) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs 0-123 sft in May.
Raise Hell (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, progress into 5th before 3 out, 3rd after 3 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, upsides and slight mistake last, kept on again run-in, just held close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Zane Grey (11-5) at Tramore 2m hcp chs 0-109 gd.
Limpopo Tom (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden in 11th after 2 out, no impression approaching straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 18l behind Curragh Golan (10-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116.
Andreas Pride (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Slow jump 1st, soon chased leaders, moderate 6th approaching straight, soon no extra, 10th of 15, well behind Routes Delight (10-3) at Cork 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Jul.
Notimetoserve (IRE) 2-1fav (9-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5 out, slightly slow 2 out, no impression in 5th before straight, no extra in 6th when jumped right at last, weakened, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Rivage D'Or (11-5) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gd in Jun.
Baily Dusk (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division early before improving to chase leader, 4th after 7 out, ridden after 4 out and pulled up before next, in a race won by Fort George (11-7) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Jul, 15 ran.
Imperial Joey (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd 5 out, challenged next, led before 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, no extra in 2nd before last, 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Get More (10-6) at Wexford 2m 3f cond hcp chs gd in Jul.
Monroe's Live (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th before 2 out, no impression from before last, 7th of 10, 25l behind Tawseef (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gd.
Hellofado (IRE) 66-1 (9-7) Ran freely in 8th, mid-division halfway, ridden along in 4th approaching straight, no headway, 5th of 13, 29l behind Lilly The Lioness (10-7) at Tipperary 2m 1f hcp chs 0-109 in Jul.