AP McCoy won this back in 1997 and has been booked for Tony Martin's Thomas Edison so, with the stable flying and a recent run to put him straight, he should go well. Martin also runs Ted Veale and the formbook suggests he has more of a chance as the betting should reflect. A winner on the Flat at Bellewstown last month, the County Hurdle winner has done superbly so far over timber and there's every possibility he'll end up better than a 144-rated handicapper. Moon Dice beat Fosters Cross in this ultra-competitive handicap in 2011 but is held by Make Your Mark on latest running at Cork and the latter has to enter the equation though Ruby Walsh has chosen to ride PIQUE SOUS for Willie Mullins and he's given the nod. He was behind Ted Veale on the Flat last time but was conceding 7lb and his preparation will have been timed to perfection. Rock Critic easily landed a maiden hurdle here a year ago though whether his overall form justifies a mark of 146 is another matter but Grade 3 winner Missunited has been in good form on the level and doesn't look harshly treated so should give a good account.
Cause Of Causes (USA) 12-1 (11-8) Mid-division, 8th halfway, pushed along 4 out, moderate 6th 3 out, kept on to 4th run-in, no impression leaders, 4th of 14, 14l behind Sizing Italy (11-12) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gf in Jul.
Drive Time (USA) 5-4fav (11-10) Raced in 2nd, on terms approaching straight, in front before 2 out where clear, slight mistake last, stayed on well run-in, won at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Sep beating Bangonform (9-5) by 4l, 7 ran.
Rock Critic (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, disputed lead travelljng well 3 out, led 2 out and soon went quickly clear, eased inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, impressive, won at Fairyhouse 2m hdl hvy in Feb beating Seabass (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Midnight Game 4-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 2nd from 4th, ridden in 4th entering straight, no extra and kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 12l behind Silk Hall (11-0) at Tipperary 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Ted Veale (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in last, went 4th and ridden 2 out, went 2nd at last, kept on without threatening easy winner run-in, 2nd of 6, 16l behind Jezki (11-12) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Apr.
Make Your Mark (IRE) 4-11fav (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, mistake 3rd and no fluent next where dropped to 3rd, 2nd 6 out, improved to lead before 3 out, pushed out to go clear before last, easily, won at Tipperary 3m hdl gf in Jul beating Kilcrea (11-6) by 6l, 7 ran.
Moon Dice (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th 3 out, soon lost place and no impression, 7th of 18, 12l behind Johannisberger (10-9) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gf in Jun.
Dylan Ross (IRE) 4-7fav (11-12) Held up in rear, headway into 4th 2 out, ridden in 3rd before last, stayed on to 2nd run-in, no impression winner, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Time To Work (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hdl gf in Jul.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Chased leader early, 4th halfway, 3rd before 4 out, 2nd entering straight, ridden 2 out, under pressure in 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Silk Hall (11-0) at Tipperary 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Pique Sous (FR) 11-4 (11-4) Waited with in 5th, headway entering straight and went 3rd 2 out, challenged approaching last and led early run-in, ridden and kept on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m nov hdl G2 (1) in Apr beating Cops And Robbers (11-4) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Il Fenomeno (ITY) 3-1 (11-12) Prominent in chasing group, well off the pace, no impression from 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Esporao (11-12) at Clonmel 2m beg chase in Jun.
Miley Shah (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Close up, led approaching straight, headed 3 out, soon no impression, slight mistake 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 8l behind Cry For The Moon (9-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl sft in May.
Missunited (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in close 4th, ridden from 4 out, no impression from next, last of 6, well behind Annie Power (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mares nov hdl Gr 1 (1) sft in Mar.
Shadow Catcher 8-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 8th 4 out, moderate 6th 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 7th of 15, 29l behind Rawnaq (10-2) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl gf in Jul.
Shadow Eile (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 5th, pushed along in 5th 3 out, ridden and no extra before straight, last of 7, 31l behind Silk Hall (11-0) at Tipperary 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Hisaabaat (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) In rear, ridden along 3rd, never involved, 15th of 20, 39l behind Il Fenomeno (10-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl sft in Apr.
Rawnaq (IRE) 3-1fav (10-2) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, led after 4 out, pushed out to assert approaching last, ridden and kept on strongly run-in, won at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl gf in Jul beating Giant's Quest (10-5) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Thomas Edison (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Rear of mid-division, slightly hampered 1st, plenty to do in rear of mid-division when badly hampered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Abbey Lane (10-8) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 hvy in Jan, 28 ran.
Flaxen Flare (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, ridden and took 4th before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 8l behind L'unique (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Apr.
Viconte Du Noyer (FR) 22-1 (10-1) 5th of 10, 5l behind Blood Cotil (10-1) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f 4yo hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in May.
Too Scoops (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd 4 out, 2nd next, soon improved to lead, ridden and edged clear after 2 out, stayed on well straight, won at Punchestown 2m lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec beating Rory O'Moore (11-9) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Shamar (FR) 2-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden from last, kept on to 2nd closing stages, just held, 2nd of 8, nk behind Que Pasa (11-2) at Galway 2m nh nov hdl gd in Jul.
Redera (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Waited with, 6th before halfway, progress before 4 out, 3rd approaching last, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Shadow Catcher (11-6) at Down Royal 2m hdl gf in Jun.