Despite this being ultra-competitive three of the last four favourites have been successful. Dermot Weld has a very good record in the race and has three entered here. Pat Smullen is on board Truthwillsetufree though it's the stable's Hisaabaat, a Grade 1 winning hurdler, who may have the better chance at the weights. Brian Ellison will be delighted that Becausewecan has scraped into the handicap and he'll have no problems with the trip nor will his stablemate MONTEFELTRO, and he looks the one to be on after an impressive victory at York where he came from a long way back to score easily over that 1m6f. Celestial Prospect, who followed his victory at Wexford with another over timber at Navan, and Cullentry Royal, who is going from strength-to-strength but has shot up the weights as a consequence, are also considered along with the in-form Caim Hill.
Paddy The Celeb (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway into 4th 3f out, ridden 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Manalapan (9-1) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp gd in Aug.
Cullentry Royal 9-2 (9-13) Tracked leaders, challenged travelling well and on terms 2f out, led under 1 1/2f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong to hold on at the finish, won at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Aug beating Cebuano (9-5) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Olympiad (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, never showed, last of 17, 45l behind Address Unknown (9-0) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in May.
Caim Hill (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, closer order from halfway, 2nd approaching straight, led a 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Listowel 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) in Sep beating Marchese Marconi (11-3) by 4 1/2l, 14 ran.
Time For Action (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Soon chased leaders, keen hold early, ridden in 5th approaching straight, drifted a little left and challenged from over 1f out, led and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp gd in Sep beating Tri Na Ceile (8-11) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Marchese Marconi (IRE) 11-4fav (11-3) Soon off the pace in mid-division, closer in moderate 4th approaching straight, in pursuit of winner a 1 1/2f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Caim Hill (10-13) at Listowel 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) in Sep.
Montefeltro 10-11fav (8-9) Held up in 4th, went 3rd and hung left from 2f out, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep beating Colinca's Lad (8-6) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Truthwillsetufree (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon 2nd, led briefly over 1f out, soon headed, no extra and dropped to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Levanto (9-6) at Curragh 1m 4f fll hcp gf in Sep.
Call Me Bubbles (FR) 6-1 (9-8) Mid-division, 11th halfway, ridden entering straight, soon no impression, 14th of 18, 9l behind Pique Sous (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Egyptian Warrior (IRE) 5-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders on inner and 6th halfway, 4th and switched right when bumped rival 2f out, good headway to lead over 1f out and drew clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Listowel 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn hvy in Sep beating Hareth (9-5) by 7l, 13 ran.
Weather Watch (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Towards rear on outer, ridden in last entering straight, still last 2f out, headway on outer 1 1/2f out, kept on without threatening to share 4th on line, 4th of 18, 4l behind Pique Sous (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Clara Bel La (IRE) 7-2 (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden into 7th entering straight, moderate 4th 1f out, kept on same pace to 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Sho Girl (9-0) at Listowel 1m 6f hcp hvy in Sep.
Maxim Gorky (IRE) 17-2 (8-6) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 15th of 16, 18l behind Precision Break (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Sep '10.
Alhellal (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, ridden in 9th entering straight, kept on without threatening final furlong to share 4th on line, 4th of 18, 4l behind Pique Sous (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Majenta (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Chased leaders in 5th, ridden in 6th over 2f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind Eye of The Storm (9-0) at Curragh 2m Listed stks (1) gf in Sep.
Spacious Sky (USA) (9-4) 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Red Hurricane (9-4) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 5f 3yo stk gd in Sep '12.
Jack Daddy 25-1 (9-0) Prominent, 2nd 4f out, soon ridden, led under 2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed over 1f out, kept on without threatening winner final furlong, 2nd of 18, 3l behind Pique Sous (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Crystal Earth (IRE) 11-1 (9-9) Chased leading pair in moderate 3rd, closer in 2nd and ridden 2f out, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 16, hd behind Fisher Bridge (8-13) at Down Royal 2m 2f hcp gf in Sep.
Splendid Light 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, 3rd 1f out, soon no extra, 5th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Prospectorous (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (60-90) (4yo+) pol in May.
Cebuano 20-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden entering straight, no impression from 2f out, 10th of 18, 7l behind Pique Sous (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Victory Song (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Soon chased leaders, well off the pace, moderate 5th and closed from over 4f out, challenged in 3rd 2f out, no extra and kept on same pace from under 1f out, 4th of 11, 5l behind Cardinal Palace (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol.
Hisaabaat (IRE) 7-2fav (9-13) Soon chased leaders, niggled along halfway, pushed along in 5th over 4f out, closed into 2nd before straight, soon challenged, no extra and kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Stony Grey (8-10) at Listowel 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.
Mourani (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Led and clear, reduced advantage entering straight, ridden and headed under 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 18, 11l behind Pique Sous (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Giant's Quest (AUS) 7-2 (9-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, headway to dispute 3f out and ridden to lead entering straight, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, held on well closing stages, won at Leopardstown 2m hcp gf in Aug beating Weather Watch (9-10) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Rossvoss 11-1 (11-1) Led and disputed, headed and kept on same pace from 1f out, 7th of 20, 7l behind Edeymi (10-13) at Galway 2m am hcp 70-100 in Jul.
Abou Ben (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along in 4th 4f out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no impression under 2f out, kept on one pace, lost 3rd closing stages final furlong, 4th of 11, 9l behind Sho Girl (9-0) at Listowel 1m 6f hcp hvy in Sep.
Celestial Prospect (AUS) 7-1 (9-12) Settled towards rear, headway on outer 4f out and went 2nd under 2f out, ridden to challenge and led 150 yards out, kept on well, won at Wexford 2m hcp 47-65 gd in Aug beating Fairy Court (8-5) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran.
Shamiran (IRE) 11-1 (8-7) Led, headed 4f out, soon driven along and lost place entering straight, no extra, 6th of 8, 22l behind Redera (8-4) at Dundalk 2m hcp pol in Jul.
Flameseeker (USA) 9-1 (9-7) Pushed along away from stalls, led early, chased leaders, niggled along after halfway, dropped to 9th and no impression into straight, 8th of 14, 12l behind Stony Grey (8-10) at Listowel 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.
Becausewecan (USA) 11-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, challenged over 3f out, lost place inside final 2f, no chance with leaders final furlong, 4th of 10, 12l behind Tijori (8-8) at Newbury 2m app hcp (5) hvy in Oct '12.