Jessica Marcialis was successful in this last year and the useful hurdler Beau Michael is by no means out of this. Courage has never won a race and finished runner-up four times in succession over hurdles earlier this year while Days Ahead was a long way behind Beau Michael over timber in April though he'll be better suited by faster ground this time. Silver Shuffle has won once in 32 starts so the vote goes to TORETTO. A winning hurdler, he hasn't had too much experience and ran well enough behind Fosters Cross at Leopardstown last week to be given the nod.
Courage (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, headway to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Wannabe Loved (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f mdn stks (5) sft in Oct.
Beau Michael 11-1 (8-9) Held up in 4th early, 5th halfway, pushed along 4f out, ridden and no impression over 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 20l behind Knockcroghery (8-3) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp 60-90 gf.
Traveller's Tales 14-1 (9-6) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden in 4th entering straight, 4th 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 7, 8l behind Jazz Girl (10-0) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f stks 0-80 gd.
Days Ahead (IRE) 10-3fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 6th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Speed Dial (8-8) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gd in Apr.
Toretto (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 3rd 4f out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, 3rd on outer 2f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Fosters Cross (10-0) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gf.
Silver Shuffle (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway into 9th 2f out, ridden into 6th 1f out, kept on final furlong to 4th closing stages, 4th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Truly Genius (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp 47-70 gf in Jun.
Trans City (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Mid-division, progress into 4th and ridden 2f out, soon 2nd, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Balmont Flyer (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
An Spailpin Fanach (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Waited with, 8th before straight, no impression from 2f out, eased final furlong, last of 9, 27l behind To Choose (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 2f hcp 50-75 gf in Jun.
Crystal Earth (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on rail, ducked and unseated rider after 6f, in a race won by Sabaidee (8-4) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf, 16 ran.
Midsomer Mist (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, 4th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 8th of 16, 24l behind Sabaidee (8-4) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf.