Tony Martin won this in 2010 with a short-priced favourite and the versatile PIRES is sure to attract support from the foot of the handicap. He's been operating on the Flat since scoring over the C&D in April and, as that was only his third start over fences, he looks well enough handicapped to take this. Colls Corner easily won a chase on heavy ground at Listowel before a good effort over hurdles but Galloping Gander may just find the ground a bit too soft. Echo Bob is a useful performer on his day but any further rain may scupper his chances so the main threat may emerge from Senior Again, who has been making steady progress and was in touch when falling in a strong race at Punchestown in May.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, moderate 9th 7 out, fell 4 out, in a race won by Faltering Fullback (9-12) at Listowel 3m hcp chs hvy in Sep, 18 ran.
Let Yourself Go (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Held up and keen hold, closer in 5th briefly after 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Carlingford Lough (10-5) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Jul, 8 ran.
Northern Alliance (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Always in rear, lost touch before 4 out, trailing when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Shakervilz (11-2) at Listowel 2m 4f chs hvy in Sep, 4 ran.
Echo Bob (IRE) 6-4 (11-9) Led, headed before 2nd, back in front approaching 2 out where headed, soon no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 4, 20l behind Rattan (11-12) at Tramore 2m hdl hvy in Aug.
Supreme Doc (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Mid-division early, weakened to rear and reminders 6th, no impression before 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Pride Of The Artic (11-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f nov chs (1) hvy, 9 ran.
Majestic Oak (FR) 20-1 (11-12) Soon prominent, led approaching 6th, joined 8th, headed before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 4th of 15, 10l behind Sumkindasuprstar (10-13) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs 0-123 gd in May.
Galloping Gander (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Tracked leader in 2nd, led on inner after 4 out, ridden and headed 3 out, no impression, 5th of 10, 15l behind His Excellency (10-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs in Jul.
Hans Crescent (FR) 25-1 (9-9) Towards rear, not fluent 3rd, no extra approaching 2 out, 17th of 18, well behind Drive Time (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Colls Corner (IRE) 7-2 (10-7) Mid-division, 5th halfway, mistake 5th, 3rd before 4 out, ridden after 3 out, kept on one pace under pressure from before straight, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Foildubh (11-8) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl hvy.
Satu (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, 11th of 20, well behind Kalellshan (11-5) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul.
Senior Again (IRE) 11-2 (9-10) Mid-division, 6th and in touch when fell 2 out, in a race won by Un Hinged (10-1) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs sft in May, 10 ran.
Pires 8-1 (11-0) Well off pace towards rear, closer in 6th approaching straight, chased winner but no impression under pressure run-in, kept on, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Clarach (10-13) at Limerick 2m hdl in Jul.