Many of these arrive in fine shape including Curragh Golan though he's interspersed three cracking efforts with two shockers where he's been pulled up. He's very closely matched with Lost Book, who wasn't far behind him last time and is much better off at the weights. Portrade has been in very good form but has nothing in hand over QUARTON, whom he beat over 2m1f here last month but who has since proved himself over this trip. Gordon Elliott's charge scored over fences last time but can revert to timber on a fair mark and can go in again. Days Ahead is extremely versatile and still well treated compared to his chasing mark. He ran very well on the Flat at Tramore a couple of weeks ago and is greatly respected. Give Me A Break has been raised 11lb for her very easy victory at Sligo but she's still on the upgrade and will give a good account.
Portrade (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Soon raced in moderate 4th, slight mistake 4th, closer order from before 6 out, pushed along before straight, closed from 3 out, challenged in 2nd before 2 out, no impression last, one pace run-in, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Wisty (9-3) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd.
Give Me A Break (IRE) 2-1fav (10-0) Tracked leaders, improved into 2nd 3 out, led next and soon ridden clear, stayed on well from last, comfortably, won at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl beating Dazzling Susie (10-11) by 10l, 8 ran.
Days Ahead (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Held up in 3rd, progress into 2nd 5 out, challenged after 3 out, narrow lead before 2 out, ridden to assert before last, kept on well, won at Tramore 2m 7f chs gd beating Highbrow Blue (11-5) by 7l, 4 ran.
Quarton (IRE) 3-1fav (10-1) Held up, 5th halfway, closer in 4th when blundered 3 out and dropped to rear, 3rd and ridden entering straight, under pressure and kept on well to lead final 50 yards, won at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp chs beating Dedoctorsdaughter (9-11) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Long House Hall (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders early, dropped towards rear halfway, ridden entering straight, last 3 out, some modest progress from next, 6th of 12, 8l behind Golden Ticket (9-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gd in Jul.
Eight Till Late (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, left close 2nd after 4 out, disputed briefly 3 out, ridden in 3rd after 2 out, no extra in 5th before straight, 5th of 8, 32l behind Grand Partner (11-8) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hdl in Jul.
Six Stone Ned (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Soon mid-division, 16th and no impression from before 3 out, 16th of 25, 29l behind Macnicholson (11-11) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 88-123 in May.
Thegreatjohnbrowne (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Towards rear, 12th approaching 5 out, no extra from before straight, 12th of 15, 39l behind Golden Kite (10-10) at Roscommon 3m hcp chs gd in Jun.
Curragh Golan (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Chased leader, 5th halfway, closer in 2nd after 2 out and led before last, ridden and kept on well run-in, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 beating Lost Book (10-10) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Cassells Rock (IRE) 2-1fav (11-5) Soon mid-division, went 4th from 3 out, moderate 5th approaching straight, soon no impression, 6th of 14, 12l behind Brian's Express (11-4) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Swanfold (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Always in rear, weakened before 5 out, mistake 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by The Way We Were (10-10) at Naas 2m hcp chs in Feb, 9 ran.
Lost Book (IRE) 10-3fav (10-10) Held up towards rear, progress 4 out, closer in 3rd after 2 out and went 2nd last, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Curragh Golan (10-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116.