Handsome Dan won this a year ago and is the only course and distance winner in the line-up. He hasn't been in anywhere near that kind of form subsequently so has dropped back to the same mark. Katie O'Farrell gave Strain Of Fame a peach of a ride to beat Hello Louie and Lily Of Killarney over 2m4f here last time but the third can turn the tables over this longer trip as she had previously scored over 2m7f at Downpatrick. Anything saddled by Tony Martin with Ruby Walsh on board has to be considered and though Derryarkin has shown very little to date he may come into his own over this longer trip. Bottle Rattler scored over 2m5f on fast ground at Downpatrick and didn't appear to quite get home over this trip on soft going at Listowel. DERRYLEA GIRL tackles the trip for the first time and by the way she has been finishing her two most recent runs, including her maiden victory at Tramore, she should be suited and is handed the vote.
Never Complain (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) In rear, in touch in rear of mid-division when brought down 4 out, in a race won by Green Thirty Two (10-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Jul, 16 ran.
Bottle Rattler (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Mid-division, 7th 4 out, ridden in 6th and no impression entering straight, 5th 2 out, 3rd and no impression leaders last, kept on same pace run-in and lost 3rd closing stages, 4th of 17, 8l behind Blackwell Synergy (11-4) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl sft in Sep.
Namarama (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, moderate 9th 3 out, ridden in 6th and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 9l behind Alf Wright (11-6) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Aug.
Strain Of Fame (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Slowly away and in rear, headway on outer to track leaders before halfway, good progress to challenge 2 out and led last, kept on well, cosily, won at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Sep beating Hello Louie (11-2) by 1/2l, 18 ran.
Derrylea Girl (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Soon tracked leaders, on terms from before 3 out, soon led, strongly pressed and joined from 2 out, no impression in 3rd and kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Glibin (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (80-116) (4yo+) in Sep.
Baidin Fheilimi (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Soon chased leaders, struggling from before 3 out, moderate 8th and kept on same pace approaching straight, 6th of 18, 11l behind Glibin (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (80-116) (4yo+) in Sep.
Joe Reed (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Led, clear briefly 4 out, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra in 4th when mistake 2 out, weakened, 12th of 17, 42l behind Blackwell Synergy (11-4) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl sft in Sep.
Taken Twice (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden before 3 out, no impression in 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 9l behind Courtncatcher (11-6) at Bellewstown 3m hcp hdl 80-116 gd in Aug.
Handsome Dan (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Waited with, 12th early, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 9th of 17, 26l behind Baidin Fheilimi (10-2) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug.
Lol Jk (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Towards rear, niggled along circuit to go, some headway approaching straight, kept on well under pressure without threatening run-in, 4th of 18, 7l behind Balynaclash Warior (11-12) at Listowel 3m mdn hdl in Sep.
Lily Of Killarney 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, 3rd 2 out, soon ridden and kept on same pace run-in without troubling winner, 3rd of 18, 1 3/4l behind Strain Of Fame (11-5) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Sep.
Status Update (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Soon towards rear, no extra approaching 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Street Runner (10-5) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Aug.
Allez Vic (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, mistake 4th, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 9th of 17, 33l behind Elegant Statesman (11-12) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in May.
Hello Louie (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Settled towards rear, headway to go 5th 2 out and ridden in 4th before last, kept on under pressure run-in but not reach cosy winner, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Strain Of Fame (11-5) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Sep.
Derryarkin (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) In rear, no impression under pressure 3 out, kept on same pace, 8th of 16, 25l behind Harangue (12-2) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 in Aug.
Fureys Cross (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) In rear, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 10th of 15, 35l behind Hurricane Jojo (11-2) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gs in Aug.
La Femme Blanche (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 7th entering straight and ridden 2 out, no impression before last and kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 8l behind Strain Of Fame (11-5) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Sep.
The Bluebell Boy (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Led, bad peck and headed 2nd, prominent, 2nd 4 out, no extra and kept on same pace 2 out, 8th of 17, 23l behind Baidin Fheilimi (10-2) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug.
Ballybay Hodson (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Rear of mid-division on inner, ridden after 4 out and no threat from next, kept on one pace, 11th of 16, 34l behind World Citizen (10-11) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep.