Henry Daly wouldn't be sending the very useful hunter Rockiteer here without good reason and though well beaten over 3m1f at Aintree last time he led for much of the way and Barry Geraghty is a significant booking. Rivage D'Or has bounced back to form as he showed in the Midlands National at Kilbeggan while the very lightly-raced Daffern Seal, who won here in 2011, is better than his recent runs suggest. This trip and good ground suit On The Way Out while Gordon Elliott has acquired Balbriggan, a winner for the Mick Channon/Henrietta Knight team, and he looks on a really nice mark. Aranhill Chief was engaged to run here last night so the vote in a wide-open contest goes to YOUR BUSY. James Nash's charge made all to land a strong Killarney handicap in May, when Usuel Smurfer was six lengths behind in third, and though not the most consistent of performers David Casey can steer him to another success.
Usuel Smurfer (FR) 4-1 (11-7) Held up, soon rear of mid-division, improved into 7th 3 out, ridden to go moderate 3rd and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 15, 7l behind Your Busy (10-10) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs in May.
Rivage D'Or (FR) 8-1 (10-9) Towards rear, took closer order 4 out, improved into 4th 2 out, ridden and further progress into 2nd before last, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Caim Hill (11-4) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs gd in Jul.
Your Busy (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Led, headed before 3rd, remained close 2nd, disputed 5 out, ridden entering straight, headed approaching 3 out, under pressure in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 10l behind Giant's Quest (11-2) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl gd in Jul.
Bob Lingo (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, mistake 6 out, pushed along and weakened next, completely tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Come To The Party (11-0) at Limerick 3m hcp chs (10yo+) in Nov.
Tom Horn (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Towards rear, jumped slightly left 3rd, not fluent 9th, pushed along from 5 out, no danger from 4 out, not fluent last, 11th of 15, 32l behind Golden Kite (10-10) at Roscommon 3m hcp chs gd in Jun.
Cross Appeal (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Towards rear, mistake 10th, took closer order before 2 out and ridden after 2 out, no impression from before last, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 19l behind Caim Hill (11-4) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs gd in Jul.
Daffern Seal (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Raced in rear, ridden after 4 out and no impression from before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, 47l behind Mahrajaan (9-13) at Killarney 2m 1f hcap ch gd in Jul.
Rockiteer (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, challenged 3rd, led before 11th, headed 4 out, weakened from 2 out, 7th of 10, 40l behind Double Whammy (10-2) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Shamiran (IRE) 11-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders in 2nd/3rd throughout, ridden in 2nd approaching 2 out, kept on same pace in 2nd from last, 2nd of 16, 6l behind Sammy Black (10-9) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f hcp chs gd in May.
Speckled Wood (IRE) 13-2 (10-6) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, moderate 11th entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 16, 21l behind Make A Track (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3f hcap ch hvy in Dec.
On The Way Out (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Towards rear, 8th halfway, driven in 6th before 2 out, no impression, 6th of 11, 14l behind Westhaven (9-13) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs in Jul.
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 22-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders on outer early, gradually lost place from 3rd, in rear when pulled up after 6th, in a race won by Sammy Black (10-9) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f hcp chs gd in May, 16 ran.
Churchfield Champ (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) In rear, tended to jump left, slightly slow 5th, soon behind, pushed along 8th, completed in own time, last of 4, well behind Art Of Logistics (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 2f chs 0-150 in Jun.
Me And Ben (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear and in touch, headway 10th on bit to take close order, challenged 3 out, led before 2 out, kept on strongly from last, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul beating Strobe (10-10) by 7l, 6 ran.
For A Finish 14-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, led from 5th, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed after 2 out, no extra from last, 4th of 14, 8l behind Celestial Prospect (11-0) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl gd in Jun.
Balbriggan (IRE) 5-2 (11-8) Led until 3rd, led next, mistake 10th, soon headed, led 11th, headed after 12th, hit 3 out, no impression on winner before 2 out, stayed on same pace, hanging right flat, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Flaming Gorge (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Sarabad (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, challenged 5 out, went 2nd before 3 out, weakened last, 4th of 6, 11l behind Me And Ben (11-5) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Gonebeyondrecall (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Prominent, closer order before 6 out, dropped to 9th and under pressure from 4 out, no impression next, one pace, 9th of 13, 49l behind Portrade (11-11) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Jul.
Wells China (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 6th halfway, 4th 4 out, headway into 3rd 2 out, ridden and kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Indevan (11-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs in Jul.
Aranhill Chief (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Disputed early, led after 1st, ridden and challenged before 2 out, kept on well, all out run-in, just held on, won at Bellewstown 2m 4f hdl gf in Jul beating Clara Mc Cloud (11-5) by hd, 8 ran.
Cherryantor (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, ridden before 3 out and soon weakened, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Caim Hill (11-4) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs gd in Jul.
Abolitionist (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Mid-division, progress into 5th after 4 out, 3rd 3 out, improved to challenge 2 out, ridden before last, kept on strongly, easily, won at Bellewstown 3m hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Jul beating Court Frontier (11-5) by 9l, 14 ran.
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 5-1fav (10-10) Mid-division, 10th after 7 out, ridden after 4 out and left 4th after 3 out, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Fort George (11-7) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Jul.