Willie Mullins won this last year with Felix Yonger and RAISE HELL will be a short-price for a repeat. A moderate point-to-pointer and bumper, he made a promising start over timber behind his odds-on stablemate Touch Of Eden at Thurles and this longer trip will suit. He can go one better with only Back Off Mate showing a similar level of form over timber. He was always prominent at Limerick last month and led at the second last so should have enough pace to test the selection. Bottle Rattler won a bumper here on his debut but has been beaten a long way on both starts over timber while the remainder have looked moderate in the extreme.
Bottle Rattler (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Always behind, tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind Ally Cascade (11-7) at Thurles 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Back Off Mate (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway after 3 out and led next, soon edged right over to rail, strongly pressed and headed last, soon dropped to 3rd and no extra run-in, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Courageous Cry (11-2) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Dia Dhuit (IRE) 9-1 (12-0) Pr with ldrs, wknd 5out, sn rr & pu 4out, in a race won by Ballyculla (12-0) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov, 17 ran.
Lortzing (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, moderate 5th halfway, no extra approaching 3 out, weakened, 8th of 11, well behind Mozoltov (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.
New Buddy (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Waited with, 12th approaching 6th, no danger and kept on same pace from 4 out, 7th of 14, 30l behind Venture Capital (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl.
Play Back Part Two (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Ld/disp until 3rd from 5th, still 3rd when fell 8th, in a race won by Saltmills Blackie (11-7) at Cregg 3m ire ptp gf in Oct, 11 ran.
Raceviews Diamond (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride and always towards rear, 11th of 13, 49l behind Miss Forde (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Nov (flat).
Raise Hell (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Mid-division, progress into 7th halfway, 5th after 4 out, 3rd 2 out, kept on without threatening winner, 2nd of 18, 8l behind Touch The Eden (11-12) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Vinniespride (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 11th of 16, 46l behind Moscow Mannon (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Paddys Angel (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, no extra in 6th from 3 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 7, 31l behind Tasitiocht (11-7) at Wexford 2m mrs nov hdl.