Carmels Boy won this 12 months ago but has a lengthy absence to overcome if he's to be successful this year. NEED TO KNOW won a point-to-point at Tinahely in March when Elembridge King was only third. He was then a fair sixth at Fairyhouse before finishing fourth at Cork and can open his account under Rules today. Mattara will enjoy the fast ground and may be the danger as he has more scope than Kanesh, who ran over the cross-country fences at Punchestown last week.
Carmels Boy (IRE) 6-1fav (11-9) Led, joined from 3rd, headed 4 out and ridden, weakened quickly after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Whosaidso (11-8) at Sligo 3m hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Oct, 14 ran.
Elembridge King (IRE) 28-1 (11-1) Soon chased leaders, closer order when not fluent 4 out, 6th approaching straight, no impression from 3 out, 6th of 12, 34l behind Oscar Barton (10-11) at Cork 2m 4f hts chs in Apr.
Kanesh (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 4th at 16th, ridden in 8th after 4 out, soon no impression, 6th of 18, 22l behind Be Positive (10-12) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) gf in Apr.
Mattara (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Held up towards rear, some progress into moderate 6th 3 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out where 4th, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 20l behind Easyondeye (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs sft in Mar.
Need To Know (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Always prominent, 3rd under pressure approaching last, soon no impression in 4th and kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 4l behind Winter Magic (11-9) at Cork 3m hts chs in Apr.
Tomas Rua (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Alw twrds rr, pu last, in a race won by The Rebel Panther (12-2) at Stradbally 3m ire ptp gf in Apr, 9 ran.