ASIYA ran poorly at the Curragh a couple of weeks ago but had earlier been in very good form there and at Leopardstown and gets the vote in a race full of jumpers. The versatile Deutschland hasn't been in the best of form but has been competing at a high level and is well in under the race conditions. Montan is a promising chaser who could just need this but Mubrook has been going well over timber and is fit enough as is Whodoyouthink, just touched off in a Grade 3 novice chase at Punchestown recently. Awkward Moment is interesting returning after a very long break and Narima showed some decent early form when joining current connections from France.
Asiya (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division, moderate 9th halfway, much closer 5f out, 5th approaching straight, no extra from 1 1/2f out, 10th of 19, 20l behind Minsk (8-9) at Curragh 2m hcp sft.
Deutschland (USA) 25-1 (9-7) Chased clear leaders, moderate 7th halfway, much closer 5f out, no impression in 7th over 1f out, 8th of 19, 13l behind Minsk (8-9) at Curragh 2m hcp sft.
Whatuthink (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) Chased leaders, 5th before halfway, lost place 5f out, soon no impression under pressure, eased straight, 11th of 13, 35l behind Zaralabad (11-12) at Bellewstown 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) hvy in Aug '09.
A New Story (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th 3f out, no extra over 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 27l behind Donnas Palm (11-4) at Galway 1m 6f stks gd in Oct '10.
Awkward Moment (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, 8th 4 out, 6th next, moderate 5th and no impression from 2 out, 5th of 12, 6l behind Hunting Tower (11-1) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in Sep '10.
Great Value (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, went 3rd before 2 out, soon no chance with winner and dropped to moderate 4th at last, no extra, 5th of 12, 17l behind The Real Article (11-12) at Down Royal 2m hdl gd in Jun.
Headford Flyer (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Settled 5th, 4th halfway, 3rd and headway 3f out, close 2nd and challenged straight, no impression from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind The Bull Hayes (9-7) at Tipperary 1m 6f stks in Apr '10.
Limpopo Tom (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 12th of 17, 23l behind Hidden Universe (9-7) at Navan 2m mdn stks sft.
Montan (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Settled in mid-division, smooth headway to track leaders before 3 out, disputed lead approaching 2 out, headed under pressure run-in, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Bellvano (11-5) at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs in May.
Mubrook (USA) 20-1 (10-0) Towards rear, progress into 5th over 4f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace straight, 4th of 15, 6l behind Run With The Wind (8-2) at Listowel 1m 6f hcp 50-80 in Sep.
Pond Cottage (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 11th entering straight, kept on one pace from 2f out, 8th of 17, 16l behind Hidden Universe (9-7) at Navan 2m mdn stks sft.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 66-1 (9-7) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 13th of 17, 23l behind Hidden Universe (9-7) at Navan 2m mdn stks sft.
Whodoyouthink (IRE) 9-1 (11-1) Led and disputed, ridden in 2nd 3 out, led entering straight, challenged 2 out, narrowly headed last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Lucky William (11-1) at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs (1).
Driveheron (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened from 4f out, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Run With The Wind (8-2) at Listowel 1m 6f hcp 50-80 in Sep.
Giuditta (IRE) 66-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, 13th of 14, 13l behind Duff (9-1) at Dundalk 6f 3yo stks pol.
Fantastic Gold 14-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway into 8th 2 out, progress under pressure on outer to go 2nd at last, no impression on winner and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Lapse Of Reason (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Sep.
Narima (GER) 12-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, no extra from 2f out, weakened, 11th of 15, 30l behind Dusty Trail (9-12) at Roscommon 1m 4f app hcp 50-70 sft in Sep.
Peinora (IRE) 100-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride and always towards rear, 14th of 19, 31l behind Atlantic Swing (9-0) at Curragh 1m 1f 3yo fll stks sft.
Urban Beach (IRE) 66-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, 4th into straight, soon no impression, 4th of 5, 33l behind Pittoni (11-4) at Listowel 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) hvy in Sep.