SHELLYS CREEK is only 3lb higher than when beaten less a length by Lord Alfie over track and trip in April. Francis Flood's mare will go close if running up to the same level in this modest company. Hidden Present also returns from a lay-off and can figure on his best form, notably a fourth at Navan in March, but Mrs Henderson was still tailed off despite claiming third at Punchestown last month. The remainder are even harder to fancy on what little they've shown so far with Uno D'estruval and Shahrafi perhaps the best of them.
Shellys Creek (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Led and disputed, reminders 4th and soon headed, mid-division halfway, weakened 8 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Daring Article (11-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp chs 0-116 in May, 18 ran.
Uno D'estruval (FR) 16-1 (11-10) Mid-division, headway approaching 4th, hit fluent 10th, weakened after next, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Pensnett Bay (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Hidden Present (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Soon mid-division, fell 8th, in a race won by House Rules (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gd in May, 17 ran.
Mrs Henderson 50-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, hampered 6th, 7th after 8th, pushed along after 7 out, went moderate 4th approaching straight, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 25l behind Balnaslow (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs gd in Oct.
Shahrafi (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, reminder 2nd, 6th before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 5th of 8, 32l behind Sir Vincent (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs gf in Sep.
Western Island (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, lost place 8th, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Strobe (10-13) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep, 10 ran.
Refused A Name 50-1 (11-7) Chased leader early, bad mistake 5th and lost place, ridden towards rear halfway, no impression after, 8th of 13, well behind Sizing Machine (11-8) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f beg chs gd in Aug.
Dog Barrel Hill (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, lost place and not fluent 5 out, no extra 3 out, 13th of 16, 48l behind Jansboy (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Oct.
Flying Windsor (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, raced keenly and pulled way into 3rd halfway, dropped to 7th 3 out and soon ridden along, soon no extra, 7th of 16, 38l behind Fiery Oscar (11-3) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 in Apr.
Code Dancer (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, never a factor, some headway into 8th entering straight, 6th before last and kept on run-in, 4th of 18, 14l behind Baily Dusk (9-12) at Clonmel 3m hcp chs 0-109 in Oct.
Alright Benny (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Prominent, led from 4th, mistake and joined 6 out, ridden 4 out, headed and no extra from before 3 out, 5th of 14, 31l behind Lash It On (10-5) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 gd in Sep.
Robertstown Rover (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Hampered 1st, not fluent 6th, mid-division approaching 7 out, lost place and no extra from 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Hillman (11-4) at Limerick 3m hcp chs 0-109 sft in May, 15 ran.
Blue Dynasty (USA) 7-1 (9-13) Always rear, trailing halfway and behind when pulled up before 7 out, in a race won by Too Late To Sell (10-11) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-102 gd in Oct, 16 ran.