It's almost two years since the nicely-bred Minella For Steak won a Durrow point-to-point and he may need this. Bumper winner Old Dreams was third on his hurdling debut over a longer trip here two weeks ago but still beaten 28 lengths and more is needed. Much more interesting is Portrait Emotion, only beaten a head on his first start under Rules at Fontwell and open to plenty of improvement. Oliver Sherwood has his string firing on all cylinders, however, and the switch to hurdles should see BEFOREALL in a better light. Another winning pointer, who couldn't quicken when favourite for a Fontwell bumper last month but was only beaten half-a-length and could be a decent prospect.
Beforeall (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 10, nk behind Ourmanmassini (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Boy Of Boru (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 37l behind According To Trev (11-2) at Folkestone 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Feb.
Browns Brook (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, reminder after 4th, in touch at back of main group when not fluent 3 out, no impression, 9th of 12, 23l behind Pendra (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Emperor Commodos 40-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd and hit 6th, lost 2nd and weakened rapidly well before 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 40l behind Swampfire (11-5) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Minella For Steak (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Tr ldrs, 2nd 1/2way, led after 3out, ko strongly run-in, won at Durrow 2m ire ptp sft in Feb '11 beating Folsom Blue (11-7) by 4l, 8 ran.
Portrait Emotion (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Led, not fluent 1st, jumped slowly 3rd, not fluent 5th, ridden and joined 2 out, bumped and headed last, still every chance when carried left flat, bumped towards finish, just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind Young Hurricane (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs in Nov.
Quadrato (GER) 33-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Foggy's Wall (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
The Royal Brompton Kayf Tara gelding out of Goldenswift.
Old Dreams (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Jumped left, led and bumped 1st, soon headed, close up, not fluent 5th, challenged 3 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 11, 28l behind Umadachar (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.