No four-year-old has won this in 10 years but tonight's two representatives, Indian Icon and ORGILGO BAY, have the form to buck the trend. The former has worked his worked his way through the ranks and completed a hat-trick so is greatly respected though it's the latter who is handed the vote. A close third in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham, he followed an excellent run on the Flat at Bellewstown with a 20 length victory over timber at Downpatrick and doesn't look overburdened. Diplomat won a novice hurdle at the meeting last year and though he hasn't scored subsequently he'll be ready for this but the assessor may just have got to Xsquared, who has been raised a further 2lb despite failing in his hat-trick bid. Bashful Beauty has to be a big threat as he was conceding Cacheofgold 12lb when beating her two lengths at Wexford and the runner-up scored here on Wednesday. The useful Redera had a pipe-opener on the Flat a couple of weeks ago and Tony Martin will have him primed for action.
Kalann (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, not fluent 5th and 4 out, no extra 2 out, 14th of 18, well behind Desertmore Stream (11-1) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl in Jun.
Redera (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Held up, towards rear early, headway to chase leaders from before 4 out, moderate 5th early straight, moderate 6th at last, kept on without threatening run-in, 4th of 12, 10l behind Sitcom (11-5) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs gd in Nov.
Diplomat (USA) 16-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 11th after 3 out, soon no impression, never a factor, 12th of 18, 19l behind Cool Macavity (10-7) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl gd in Apr.
Moon Dice (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 8th of 11, 45l behind Kilcarry Bridge (9-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in May.
Xsquared (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Mid-division, 8th 5 out, progress from next, improved to dispute lead and ridden after 3 out, headed after next, 2nd at last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Golden Ticket (9-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gd in Jul.
Indian Icon (FR) 8-13fav (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, improved to lead 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on well run-in, comfortably, won at Bellewstown 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl gd in Jul beating The Visitor (11-0) by 2l, 3 ran.
Passage Vendome (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Soon towards rear, mistake 3rd, slow jump in rear next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Mallowney (11-4) at Punchestown 2m hcap ch in May, 16 ran.
Daliyan (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 6th 3 out, pushed along entering straight and no extra in 5th before last where mistake, 5th of 7, 32l behind Bonzo Bing (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m nh nov hdl hvy in Mar.
Orgilgo Bay (IRE) 10-11fav (11-6) Led early, tracked leader until led again after 4 out, soon asserted and 8 lengths clear when not fluent 2 out, stayed on well, easily, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f hdl gf in Jul beating Dancing Roe (11-12) by 20l, 5 ran.
Maxim Gorky (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, progress in 4th 4 out, soon close up, ridden in 3rd 3 out, no extra in 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 11, 16l behind Xsquared (10-4) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl gd in Jul.
Bashful Beauty (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd halfway, ridden after 2 out, closer in 2nd after last, stayed on to lead run-in, kept on well closing stages, won at Wexford 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul beating Cacheofgold (10-6) by 2l, 15 ran.
Just For Joe (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Prominent, lost place approaching straight, soon no extra, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Byerley Babe (11-0) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 in Mar '13.
Holeinthewall Bar (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Mid-division, progress into 5th 4 out, ridden 2 out, no extra before last, 8th of 20, 13l behind Greatness (9-7) at Galway 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul.
Goal (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Towards rear, took keen hold, 9th approaching straight, no extra and eased from 2 out, 9th of 11, 23l behind Indian Icon (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl gd in Jun.