ALLY CASCADE reappears after a long absence but won a bumper on his return a year ago. His close second to the top-class Jezki at Naas in October was a superb effort but, after winning a Thurles maiden, he was well beaten in two higher grade events at Leopardstown. He can make a successful return though Flycorn competed at a high level in 2011/12 and his poor run behind Mickelson at Ballinrobe in May of last year is no real reflection of his ability. King William has been making good progress over timber and landed a maiden with plenty in hand at Ballinrobe in July while Devils Bride easily landed his first two starts in bumpers before being surprisingly beaten at Galway. The latter made a winning start over hurdles at Limerick but will need to jump better to beat these stronger rivals.
All The Aces (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Slowly away and reluctant to race, detached in rear, soon joined group in rear, headway before 2 out, never dangerous, 18th of 22, 39l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Ally Cascade (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Held up, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th and no impression after 3 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 32l behind Pont Alexandre (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) in Jan.
Devils Bride (IRE) 4-11fav (11-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd, moved up on outer approaching 4th, improved to dispute lead 5 out, close 2nd before straight travelling well, led before 2 out, ridden to assert before last, stayed on well, won at Limerick 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct beating Focail Maith (11-12) by 6l, 10 ran.
Flycorn (IRE) 11-8fav (11-10) Keen hold, prominent, in front after 5th, headed before next, not fluent 4 out, on terms before 2 out, lost place approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 17l behind Mickelson (11-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hdl gf in May '12.
King William (IRE) 5-4fav (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway in 6th 3 out, challenged before 2 out, led after 2 out, ridden clear entering straight, kept on strongly, easily, won at Ballinrobe 2m 5yo mdn hdl gd in Jul beating Hospital (11-4) by 4l, 10 ran.