King Of The Refs had been going well before a poor effort at Punchestown and he'll need to bounce back. Auenschutze, a winner on the Flat and over hurdles, ran a bit better in a handicap over fences last time while Clouded Thoughts is bred for this game and has performed with credit over hurdles on fast ground. El Fontan has had his jumping problems but would be a big threat if managing a clear round but FERRIS BUELLER is handed the vote. Conor O'Dwyer's charge once looked promising but lost his way until a much better effort last time behind Byerley Bear at Cork. A repeat of that would probably be good enough though the point-to-point winner Prince Ludovic showed his potential with a maiden victory over timber at Clonmel and can make his presence felt.
Auenschutze (GER) 4-1 (11-10) Towards rear, no impression from 3 out (usual 5 out), 4th of 11, 5l behind D's Trix (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 gd in Apr.
Blood Diamond (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, no extra from 2 out, weakened, 11th of 12, well behind Askthemaster (11-11) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Castle Anshan (IRE) 9-4 (11-9) Towards rear for most, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Swanfold (11-9) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Mar, 9 ran.
Clouded Thoughts (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Led, strongly pressed and headed soon after 2 out, 3rd and no impression on winner last, kept on one pace, 4th of 16, 6l behind Lapse Of Reason (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Sep.
El Fontan (FR) 33-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra 2 out, 8th of 25, 47l behind Shamiran (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (95-123) (4yo+) hvy in Apr.
Ferris Bueller 7-1 (11-12) Prominent, 3rd and no impression from 2 out, left 2nd and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Byerley Bear (11-12) at Cork 2m beg chase sft in Apr.
Forestside (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Mid-division, weakened before 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Caduceus (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 gs in Apr, 20 ran.
King Of The Refs (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Rear of mid-division, 13th 3 out, ridden and no extra before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Shamiran (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (95-123) (4yo+) hvy in Apr, 25 ran.
Milano Magic (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, no extra from 2 out, 8th of 24, 47l behind Whatever Jacksays (10-2) at Punchestown 3m Handicap Hurdle (95-130) (4yo+) hvy in Apr.
Silent Picture (IRE) 22-1 (11-9) Soon mid-division, improved to track leaders 6 out, 3rd 3 out, moderate 4th before straight, soon no extra, 8th of 16, well behind Heavenly Brook (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f beg chase gd in Apr.
What An Article (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, some headway after 4 out, ridden in 7th entering straight, soon no impression, 7th of 16, 23l behind On The Way Out (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Devil's Elbow 11-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, kept on same pace without threatening from before straight, 6th of 17, 13l behind Eightybarackstreet (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Apr.
Inis Ceithleann (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Always behind, 14th of 17, 40l behind Table Mountain (11-10) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Mar.
Just Moscow (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Flemensford (11-0) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 in Dec '10, 17 ran.
Prince Ludovic (IRE) 2-1 (11-4) Made virtually all and jumped well, joined from 5th to 6th, joined after 3 out, ridden and led again 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Apr beating Fine Presentation (11-1) by 4l, 11 ran.