Bostons Angel won three times over hurdles and made a promising start over fences behind Thegreatjohnbrowne at Punchestown. Warne has plenty of experience over the bigger obstacles and his accurate jumping will ensure he gets into contention here while point-to-point winners Linnel and Royal De La Thinte are interesting newcomers to chasing, especially the latter whose front-running style will have some of these stretched from the start. The ex-French Roi Du Mee looks the type to do better and should have learnt from his fall at Thurles but AD IDEM may be good enough to make a winning start over the bigger obstacles. Pauline Gavin's charge, a winner between the flags, progressed nicely over hurdles last season and has the scope to do well in this sphere.
Ad Idem 3-1fav (11-2) Raced mainly in 5th, moderate 4th before straight, soon no impression under pressure, 6th of 10, 11l behind Rigour Back Bob (11-7) at Punchestown 3m Grade 3 nov hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Annual Report (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden and weakened from 4 out, 13th of 17, well behind Pay The Bounty (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Bostons Angel (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden and no impression entering straight, kept on from last to 2nd close home, 2nd of 18, 6l behind Thegreatjohnbrowne (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Hidden Crack 16-1 (11-5) Never better than mid-division, no danger from 3 out, 7th of 15, 39l behind Back Of The Pack (11-7) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chs in Oct.
Hughies Grey (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Led, headed 7 out, weakened approaching 3 out, 15th of 25, well behind Prince Rudi (10-8) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 88-130 gd in Apr.
Oscar's Emerald (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Ww in tch, prog on inner 4out, not get on terms with pace but kow, 4th of 17, 21l behind Grigg Oak (12-0) at Necarne 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Serious Intent (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Prominent early, 6th before halfway, weakened before 4 out, 25th of 30, 48l behind Oneeightofamile (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Warne (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to 2nd before straight, ridden to challenge 2 out, no extra in 2nd before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Mr Cracker (11-11) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Oct.
Linnel (IRE) 4-6 (12-0) Alw pr, chall & eff last, rallied but just failed, won at Taylorstown 3m ire ptp gf in May beating Linnel (12-0) by nk, 9 ran.
Roi Du Mee (FR) 10-1 (11-11) Towards rear, moderate 10th after 5 out, headway and disputing moderate 5th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Erritt Lake (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs gd in Oct, 15 ran.
Royal De La Thinte (FR) 4-6 (12-0) Made all, 4l adv bef last, kow flat, won at Inch 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Alpha Class (12-0) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Chellah (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Towards rear, some headway into 11th before 4 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 11th of 18, 38l behind Thegreatjohnbrowne (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.