COURT JESTER won this a year ago and has only had four subsequent runs, the latest easily the best of them when fourth to Might Be Magic at Fairyhouse. He looks to have been prepared for a repeat and might just be good enough. Firethorn is still a maiden after 15 career starts but not for much longer judged on his fine run behind the in-form Go Paddy Go at Navan. Gallant Oscar scored over fences last season and is reverting to hurdles after falling at Navan in March. Regal Warrior has never won over hurdles but was going very well on Polytrack at Dundalk at this time last year and is on a low enough mark to make his presence felt. Echua is a recent Polytrack winner at Wolverhampton and won't fail through lack of sharpness.
Royal Flight (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division on outer, never a factor, trailing from 4 out, completely tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Top Spin (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gf in Oct.
Dancin' Glory (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Led and clear to halfway, joined 3 out, soon headed and not fluent 2 out, no extra, 9th of 13, 47l behind Kauto Mill Rose (10-6) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf in Aug.
Regal Warrior (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, led last, driven and headed flat, no extra close home, 4th of 14, 3l behind Bonnie Burnett (10-7) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov '12.
Afootinthedoor (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Towards rear, no danger approaching straight, 26th of 30, well behind Sizing Tennessee (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl.
Echua (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden and no extra 2 out, no impression before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Jerry's Agent (11-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl gf in Jul '10.
Milanphardantetime (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, lost place and no impression from 3 out, 9th of 16, 46l behind Luke's Benefit (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Gallant Oscar (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, improved to dispute lead briefly before 4 out, soon ridden and weakened quickly, 8th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Panther Claw (11-6) at Navan 3m nov chs hvy in Mar, 16 ran.
Mad For Road (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 3 out, soon no impression, 7th of 13, 13l behind Director's Forum (11-7) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
My Kind Of Town (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) In rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 18th of 25, 33l behind Upazo (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn hdl in Nov.
Shabra's Bertolini (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up, improved 5th, moderate 8th 2 out, moderate 7th last, kept on same pace, 7th of 16, 14l behind Luke's Benefit (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Mullaghwillin Boy (IRE) 10-1 (12-2) Pr til wknd from 4out, rdn & lost pl 3out, ko, 9th of 15, 41l behind Bashful Beauty (12-2) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp sft.
Firethorn (IRE) 7-1 (10-2) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 7th 3 out, 6th next, 5th when attempted to run out approaching last, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Go Paddy Go (11-3) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Arkansas Dave (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 2 out until 2 out, edged left and no extra between last 2, went modest 3rd flat, 3rd of 12, 25l behind Uhlan Bute (11-0) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in May.
Seven Acres (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Mid-division, 12th before halfway, no impression approaching straight, 14th of 30, well behind Sizing Tennessee (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl.
Court Jester (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Held up, soon in rear of mid-division, improved into 8th before 3 out, closed to track leaders straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from last, 4th of 16, 7l behind Might Be Magic (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov.
Ask Joe (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Towards rear, ridden in 9th 3 out, soon no impression, 7th of 14, 21l behind Go Paddy Go (11-3) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Luddsdenene (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Took keen hold on outer in mid-division, closed to track leaders approaching straight, no impression and jumped left 2 out, one pace, 8th of 16, 30l behind Dick Dundee (10-10) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Rose's Emma (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Rear of mid-division for most, ridden and no impression 3 out, 12th of 19, 32l behind Mrs Mac Veale (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.