The question here is whether Willie Mullins can get a race over hurdles out of Champagne Agent, who has now finished in the first four in nine of his eleven starts over timber. His overall form is superior to those with experience though he was beaten a very long way into second by Mad Brian at Navan in March. Old Pride ran very well on his first two starts but moderately when last seen in January while winning bumper Cullentry Royal hasn't been seen since September though he looked a progressive type when just touched off at Clonmel that day. BOB LE BEAU is rated 100 on the Flat and makes his hurdling debut. He competed with distinction in Dubai earlier this year and a run at the Curragh on Sunday will have put him straight for his hurdling debut so he's taken to make a winning start.
Alghanem (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Waited with, 8th before 4 out, no impression from before next, not fluent 2 out, kept on without threatening, 5th of 9, 15l behind Cause Of Causes (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f 4yo mdn hdl gd in May '12.
Bob Le Beau (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden in 5th entering straight and no impression from 2f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 20, 12l behind Paddy The Celeb (9-2) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf (flat).
Champagne Agent (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, ridden in moderate 4th from next, left moderate 3rd at last, kept on one paced to go 2nd run-in, 2nd of 19, 34l behind Mad Brian (11-5) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Cullentry Royal 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, ridden to dispute lead briefly 2 out, soon headed and 3rd at last, kept on run-in to regain 2nd, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Cloudgazer (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf in Sep.
Zemario (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, mistake 5th, 5th before straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 18, 26l behind Elijah Gardner (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gf.
Black Bart (IRE) High-rise gelding out of Kasakov Park.
Dont Panic (FR) 10-1 (11-4) In rr when ur 2nd, in a race won by Ed's Legacy (12-0) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp gf, 12 ran.
Happy Maverick (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, keen hold early, lost place a bit when bad mistake 4 out, soon weakened, completely tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Zabana (11-4) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Howwoulduno (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, no impression from 2 out, 10th of 20, 23l behind Boss's Star (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gd.
Little Boy Boru (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, pushed along in 7th approaching straight and no threat from 2f out, 8th of 11, 25l behind Benemeade (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd in Mar.
Lord Hercules (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ld til hdd aftr 2out, no ans to wnr, wknd, 3rd of 17, 5l behind Nautical Storm (12-0) at Largy 3m ire ptp sft in Apr.
Matua Flyer (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, dropped to moderate 6th approaching 4 out, soon no extra, 8th of 14, well behind Sizing Sahara (11-4) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl sft.
Obispo (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Keen hold early, soon mid-division, no impression from 2 out, 11th of 20, 24l behind Boss's Star (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gd.
Old Pride (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Chased leaders and keen hold, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 20, 18l behind Legal Exit (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Sea Light (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 13th of 18, well behind Spot The Pro (11-2) at Cork 2m mdn hdl hvy in Apr.
Thomond (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along from 6f out, soon moderate 4th, no extra from before straight, 7th of 16, 25l behind Balboni (12-0) at Kilbeggan 2m N H flat sft.
Vaalwater (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Always behind, completely tailed off, 21st of 22, well behind Giant's Quest (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat gd in May '11.
Carlyan (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, completely tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Rory O'Moore (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Dry Rein (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Mid-division best, towards rear and niggled along before 3 out, soon no impression, 10th of 11, well behind Miss Palm (10-13) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Means Well (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Twrds rr, nvr factor, pu 3out, in a race won by Onceuponathyme (10-11) at Tyrella 3m ire ptp gs in Feb, 12 ran.
Larsen Bee (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Chased leader in 2nd, led 4 out, ridden and challenged 3 out, headed 2 out and soon no extra, 8th of 15, 32l behind Barneys Honour (11-5) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan.
Blimey O'Riley (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Waited with, 8th approaching 6th, 5th before 2 out (usual 3 out), soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 17l behind Seskinane (10-11) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl sft.