Mackeys Forge has gone close on several occasions and produced some very good efforts but he's still a maiden over fences after 16 starts and looks vulnerable. Usuel Smurfer won over hurdles here in June and has shown enough promise in two starts over fences to suggest he'll be winning soon. Jimmy The Hat showed little on his chasing debut at Tipperary but will have come on for the experience though it's PICKAPOCKETORTWO, the only one of these to be making his chasing bow, who can come out on top as he's been lightly raced and has the scope to do better. He only just holds Ipsos Du Berlais on hurdles form from two years ago but the latter has disappointed over fences.
Baraka Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, not jump fluently early, never a factor, moderate 8th after 3 out and kept on one pace in straight, 8th of 10, 38l behind Shrapnel (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m beg chs gf.
Caballo De Marcus (USA) 8-1 (11-9) Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd before 5 out, pushed along into 2nd entering straight, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 8l behind Sox's Girl (11-5) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs gd.
Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders in moderate 4th, niggled along and no impression 5 out, weakened, completely tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Vesper Bell (11-12) at Punchestown 3m beg chs hvy in Dec.
Jimmy The Hat (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden into 4th after 3 out, no impression and kept on one pace straight, left 3rd last, 3rd of 9, 27l behind Darroun (11-10) at Tipperary 2m 7f beg chs gd.
Mackeys Forge (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) 3rd of 10, 5l behind Rattan (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chase gd in Sep.
Pickapocketortwo (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders mainly 3rd, ridden and lost touch with first 2 after 2 out, no extra, 3rd of 4, 33l behind Si C'etait Vrai (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Jan.
Love Rory (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Led, headed 4 out, ridden in 5th and no extra entering straight, weakened, 6th of 11, 32l behind Owega Star (11-12) at Listowel 2m 6f beg chs sft in Sep.
Usuel Smurfer (FR) 15-8fav (11-9) Prominent, a bit slow 6 out and pushed along briefly, bad mistake next, dropped to 3rd and no extra 2 out, moderate 4th and kept on same pace from last, 4th of 8, 10l behind Sir Vincent (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs gf in Sep.
Ocean Bright (USA) 20-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, 5th from 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 6th of 16, 32l behind The Crafty Butcher (11-2) at Gowran Park 3m Handicap Hurdle (Grade C) (4yo+).