Willie Mullins won this with Sir Des Champs two years ago and will be hoping Touch The Eden can produce a similar effort on his chasing debut. However, he couldn't have been chosen a much tougher introduction and it's FOXROCK, a fine runner-up to the useful Road To Riches on his debut over the bigger obstacles at Naas, who gets the nod. Operating wasn't far behind in third so has to be considered while Sizing Gold has always been regarded as a potential champion over fences and his victories over the likes of Defying Logic and Morning Assembly point to his class. If he jumps well he'll be very difficult to beat. Some Tikket was in front when coming to grief at the last on his chasing debut at Navan so is another to consider in what should be a very interesting contest.
Coole Avenue (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Always rear, trailing before halfway, never a factor, 7th of 10, well behind The Shepherd King (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs.
Dushybeag (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Led, ridden from 3 out, strongly pressed after next, headed before last, kept on same pace in 2nd run-in, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Glens Melody (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 6f hdl.
Forjoethepainter (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, left closer in 6th after 8th, 7th before straight, soon no impression, 7th of 9, 16l behind Los Amigos (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft.
Matsukaze (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Soon towards rear, never a factor, 16th of 18, well behind Cry For The Moon (9-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl sft in May.
Operating (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 5 out, headway into 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, no extra in 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 5l behind Road To Riches (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f beg chs.
Reward Of Faith (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, slight mistake 4th, trailing from halfway, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by The Shepherd King (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs, 10 ran.
Rye Martini (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Led, strongly pressed approaching 3 out where not fluent, soon edged right and bumped rival, headed and dropped to 3rd next, no extra, 4th of 7, 21l behind Gold Bullet (11-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs.
Sizing Gold (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, moderate 3rd 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before straight, 5th of 10, 45l behind Mala Beach (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Mar.
Some Tikket (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Led, joined 2 out, pushed along and narrowly headed approaching last where fell, in a race won by The Shepherd King (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs, 10 ran.
Touch The Eden (FR) 9-2 (11-3) Prominent in chasing group, mistake 3rd and slightly slow next, niggled along to close in 2nd approaching straight, no extra from before last where hampered, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 8, 12l behind Bright New Dawn (11-3) at Thurles 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Feb.
Waterloo Chateau (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Soon mid-division, ridden from 4 out, no impression from next, 7th of 16, 37l behind Not For Changing (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Abolitionist (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Mid-division, towards rear 5 out, ridden in 13th after 4 out, moderate 8th entering straight, 5th and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 4th and mistake last, 4th of 20, 26l behind Sullane Chief (10-6) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Call Rog (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, bad mistake 3rd, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression before straight, moderate 4th 2 out, kept on to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 16, 17l behind The Paparrazi Kid (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft.
Foxrock (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 2 out, stayed on to 2nd last, kept on same pace run-in, no impression winner, 2nd of 18, 2l behind Road To Riches (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f beg chs.
Mullaghanoe River (IRE) 11-4 (11-11) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 5th of 7, 26l behind Gold Bullet (11-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs.
Sammy Black (GER) 7-2 (11-11) Soon chased leaders, 3rd approaching straight, moderate 2nd and no impression approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Ballyburke (11-12) at Cork 2m 5f beg chs sft.
Bouncing Betty (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Waited with towards rear, closed to chase leaders before straight, 5th when pecked 2 out, no impression in 4th when slight peck last, kept on same pace run-in, 5th of 9, 11l behind Los Amigos (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft.
Mrs Henderson 25-1 (10-3) Unseated rider 1st, in a race won by A Decent Excuse (10-9) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-109, 18 ran.
Gris Lord (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 5 out, weakened from next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Twin Plan (10-9) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Oscar Pearl (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Prominent and led from 2nd, mistake 7th, headed approaching straight and soon no extra, moderate 4th when slow 2 out, weakened, 6th of 15, 38l behind Backinthere (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.