MISSISSIPPI RIVER ran the useful Rebel Fitz close at Clonmel last month and was made favourite at Punchestown a couple of weeks ago only for a blunder early in the race to unsettle him. He can get back on track here and should take care of Prince Chaparral, who finished in front of him last time. Mickelson makes his debut over timber and is bred for the job. His bumper form entitles him to the greatest respect and he must be kept on the right side. Only Heather, who showed plenty of potential in both starts over hurdles, may need this after a long break.
Kealigolane (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Keen hold, soon tracked leaders, no extra 3 out, 11th of 15, 16l behind Island Oscar (11-4) at Killarney 2m 1f mdn hdl gd in May '10.
Mississippi River (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Mid-division, bad mistake 3rd, headway into moderate 8th 2 out, ridden and no impression straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 24, 25l behind Il Fenomeno (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl.
Prince Chaparral (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway into 7th 3 out, ridden in 6th and no impression entering straight, moderate 5th last, kept on same pace, 4th of 24, 20l behind Il Fenomeno (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl.
Analyse That (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, ridden in moderate 2nd 5f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 32l behind Shotavodka (12-0) at Tramore 2m N H flat.
Ballybeg Gent (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind King Malik (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat gd.
Casa Jove (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Prominent, led approaching 4th, soon headed, lost place 5 out, weakened from before 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Viaduct Joey (11-12) at Listowel 2m 4f 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Dale Street (IRE) Luso gelding out of Black Dale.
Jacques De Moley (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 20th of 24, well behind Il Fenomeno (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl.
Mickelson (IRE) 2-1fav (12-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to lead and dispute entering straight, ridden and narrowly headed 1f out, rallied to dispute inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind King Malik (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat gd.
Moon Abbey (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Ld, mstk 8th, still narrow adv when fell 5out, in a race won by Coursey Rover (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Ok My Friend (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Towards rear, no danger and kept on from before 3 out, 8th of 18, 38l behind Sea Of Thunder (11-4) at Thurles 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) gd.
Regal Reform (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Towards rear, fell 7th, in a race won by False Economy (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs, 15 ran.
Reliable Richie (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Alw pr & disp, rdn & wknd 3out, sn rr, 6th of 18, 29l behind Carrigmorna King (12-0) at Borris House 3m ire ptp gf in Apr.
Talking Dan (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ld, hdd before 2out, sn in rr, pu last, in a race won by Lovcen (12-0) at Horse And Jockey 3m ire ptp gd in Mar, 12 ran.
The Secret Chord (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Rcd 2nd, wknd to 5th by 7th, pu 5out, in a race won by Hunters Lodge (12-0) at Ballyragget 3m ire ptp gs in Mar, 16 ran.
Only Heather (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, headway to 4th 4 out, 3rd and slight mistake 3 out, ridden into 2nd 2 out, no impression leader, kept on same pace, 2nd of 19, 5l behind Final Day (11-12) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl fm in Jun '10.