BALLYBURKE didn't look like catching Bruff when runner-up at Galway last time. But this is less competitive and Philip Rothwell's charge can go one better. Art Lord made a promising start over fences at Wexford and can figure while Jupitor has claims on his earlier third to Mart Lane over these fences. Grand Jesture and Los Amigos are worth keeping an eye on as they go chasing for the first time and Forjoethepainter may also get involved if taking to the larger obstacles.
Art Lord (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, 5th 4 out, ridden in 3rd 2 out, no impression before last, disputed 2nd last, left 2nd, no impression winner, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Hospital (11-11) at Wexford 2m 1f beg chs sft in Oct.
Ballyburke (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Settled towards rear, headway 4 out and 2nd after next, led before 2 out but ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed 1f out and no impression on winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 17, 6l behind Bruff (10-1) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Aug.
Blissful Moment (USA) 16-1 (11-12) Always towards rear well off pace, remote 8th halfway, never a factor, 8th of 9, well behind Defy Logic (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chs in Oct.
Forjoethepainter (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Held up behind leaders early, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, no impression after 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Personal Shopper (10-1) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in May.
Jupitor (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra 4 out, weakened next, 5th of 9, well behind Sizing Rio (11-5) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chase hvy in May.
Los Amigos (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Mid-division on outer, headway on outer 3 out, ridden in 6th entering straight, kept on from last, 4th of 22, 2l behind Acapulco (11-4) at Punchestown 3m hvy in Apr.
Grand Jesture (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Soon chased leaders, some progress 5 out, 6th before straight, ridden into 4th at last, stayed on well into 2nd close home, just failed to catch the winner, 2nd of 20, ns behind Tabac Brun (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Oct.
Bouncing Betty (IRE) 5-1fav (11-7) Chased leaders, 11th after 6 out, no extra from after 3 out, 11th of 15, well behind Hello Louie (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Oct.
Status Update (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Badly hampered 1st, towards rear, 6th from 8th, closer in 4th when slipped on landing and fell 5 out, in a race won by Balnaslow (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs gd in Oct, 10 ran.