MISTER NIBBLES scored here on his debut where he impressed to finish over 6l in front of his rivals. A strong gallop will see him to good effect and he can remain unbeaten. Hilltop Tommy, who gained a surprise but decisive victory on his debut at Cork in May, is another obvious contender while Tabac Brun fell in all three starts between the flags but made no mistake on his bumper debut at Tramore and there's every chance he'll improve again. Celerity Rules was nowhere near his best on heavy ground at Naas after his Navan victory and today's conditions are likely to produce a revival. Noel Meade has been introducing some nice types in recent weeks and Apache Stronghold looks another though this is a tougher than normal bumper for the track.
Celerity Rules (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Led, ridden and headed 2 1/2f out, weakened, 7th of 13, 32l behind Road To Riches (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat hvy in Oct.
Hilltop Tommy (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 2f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on well, won at Cork 2m N H flat gd in May beating Wontbelongnow (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 20 ran.
Tabac Brun (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Prominent, on terms from over 4f out, in front over 3f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Tramore 2m N H flat sft in Oct beating Breaking Bits (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
Mister Nibbles (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway into 6th 4f out, close 5th 3f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Down Royal 2m N H flat sft in Jun beating Wild Friday (10-7) by 7l, 10 ran.
Get Back To Me (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Waited with towards rear, closer in 12th from 6f out, improved straight and ridden to chase winner from 2f out, soon no impression, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 18, 4 1/2l behind Elegant Statesman (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat in Oct.
Our Cathal (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Always behind, last of 9, well behind Mister Music Man (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gf in May '11.
Sorrydidntcyathere (IRE) Lahib gelding out of Edge Dancer.
Apache Stronghold (IRE) Milan gelding out of First Battle.
Isle View (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) In tch, rdn aftr 3out, sow from 2out, kow late, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Grey Monk (11-7) at Largy 3m ire ptp sft in Apr.