Last year's County Hurdle winner and Ebor Handicap fourth Ted Veale has now had seven races over fences and has one third place to his credit and his form has got progressively worse. This should be his easiest task to date though he's not one to have an interest in and CLONBANAN LAD looks a safer option. He's been placed behind several decent rivals and would have finished runner-up at Roscommon last time but for breaking down on the run-in. Definite Ruby makes her debut over fences and landed a novice hurdle for Nicky Henderson last year so is an interesting debutant for Gordon Elliott but Cairdin has been running poorly. Il Fenomeno, three times a winner over hurdles, has yet to fulfil potential over the bigger obstacles.
Cairdin (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden in 5th and no impression, 5th of 12, 35l behind Followmeuptocarlow (11-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chase in May.
Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, jumped left 2nd, slightly impeded 4 out, not fluent next, 4th 2 out, challenged in 2nd approaching last where no impression when not fluent, pulled up quickly run-in, in a race won by Devils Bride (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chase gd in Jun, 16 ran.
Definite Ruby (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Tracked leader, led after 3 out, headed 2 out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Ballygrooby Bertie (11-4) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Dr Kildare 14-1 (10-12) Prominent early, led and disputed from 3rd, ridden and weakened after 4 out, completely tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Curragh Golan (11-8) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 in Jul.
Gray Hession (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Waited with until progress to be prominent from 6 out, 4th before 3 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 18l behind Whispering Hills (11-10) at Kilbeggan 3m nov hdl sft in Jun '12.
Il Fenomeno (ITY) 25-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, not fluent 6th and 7th, 5th approaching 5 out, no extra from after next, behind when not fluent 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Takeyourcapoff (11-3) at Roscommon 2m 4f hcp hdl in Jun.
Raydari (FR) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, closer in 5th 4 out, ridden entering straight, moderate 3rd and no impression before 2 out, left 2nd last and mistake, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 13l behind Formidableopponent (11-12) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in Jul.
Suffren (USA) 22-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, 10th halfway, 7th before 4 out, progress into 6th 2 out, stayed on well after last to almost snatch 4th on line, 5th of 12, 20l behind Indevan (11-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs in Jul.
Ted Veale (IRE) 9-2fav (11-10) Raced towards rear, 8th halfway,and ridden after 4 out, no impression from before 3 out and soon eased, tailed off, 8th of 10, 49l behind Mahrajaan (9-13) at Killarney 2m 1f hcap ch gd in Jul.
Hurricane Ridge (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, slight mistake 6th, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th after 4 out, soon no impression, 5th of 11, 34l behind Formidableopponent (11-12) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in Jul.