This is one of the few races at the Festival not dominated by Dermot Weld but there's no doubt Daffern Seal has been earmarked for this after his facile victory over hurdles in a Kilbeggan maiden. He's certain to have been well schooled for his chasing debut and could turn out to be very useful. The UK entry Strong Soul made all over three miles all on fast ground at Worcester but this is much tougher and MR NOSIE looks the one to beat as he ran very well behind Sweeps Hill at Punchestown. The former Grade 1 winning hurdler is getting back to his best after a five-year break. Traffic Article is slowly getting the hang of things and stayed on strongly when runner-up to Darenjan at Killarney and useful point-to-pointer Twin Joy ran very well on only his third start over regulation fences behind Salesin at Wexford.
Antipode (GER) 66-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, on terms 3 out, led before straight, headed 2 out, dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Lucky Wish (11-10) at Limerick 3m chs gd.
Ballinavortha (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd approaching 5 out, struggling when fell next, in a race won by Sorted (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f beg chs gf in May, 13 ran.
Ballygill Gale (IRE) 28-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, led from 4 out, headed before last where hampered, kept on same pace run-in, 6th of 15, 8l behind Regal Ambition (9-10) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl.
Bandama (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in 4th, mistakes, lost touch from 10th, tailed off, last of 4, well behind Siberian Tiger (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Captain Dash (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 7th at 7th, no extra 4 out, completely tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Credit Box (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd.
Cloone Rocket (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Soon chased leaders, slow jump 4th, no extra when slow jump again 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Slieveardagh (10-11) at Tipperary 2m 1f chs gd.
Coole Avenue (IRE) 2-1 (11-5) Led, headed 4th, led again after 5 out, clear after 3 out, ridden straight, pressed after 2 out, kept on well run-in, won at Listowel 2m mdn hdl gf in Jun '10 beating Don't Think Twice (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Daffern Seal (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Prominent and disputed, ridden to lead 3 out, kept on strongly to go clear before last, won at Kilbeggan 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Jun beating Granaruid (11-4) by 13l, 13 ran.
Dark Vagabond (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Rear of mid-division, some headway from 5 out, moderate 4th approaching straight, no impression and kept on one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 18, 31l behind Mossey Joe (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 7f nov hunt ch gf in Apr '10.
Mighty Snazy 6-1 (10-11) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden in 2nd and no impression 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 11l behind Bingo Lady (10-13) at Bellewstown 3m mdn hdl gf.
Mr Nosie (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 2nd 5 out, improved to lead before 3 out, ridden and disputed entering straight, slightly hampered approaching last, kept on, no extra close home, 2nd of 17, 1l behind Sweeps Hill (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs gd in May.
Strong Soul (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Made all, clear 3 out, ridden after last, briefly, driven and all out close home, won at Worcester 3m mdn hdl (5) gd beating Cousin Maggie (10-7) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
The Real Tyson (IRE) 12-1 (9-13) Soon mid-division, 8th before straight, kept on same pace under pressure without threatening, 6th of 15, 18l behind Lets Go Sunshine (10-1) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs gd.
Traffic Article (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Soon mid-division, closed 8th, soon tracked leaders, challenged and on terms 3 out, soon headed, no impression from before last, ran on to close on idling winner near finish, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Darenjan (11-9) at Killarney 2m 4f beg chs gd.
Twin Joy 14-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, closer 4th approaching 2 out, 3rd and no impression under pressure approaching last, kept on without troubling winner into 2nd run-in, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Salesin (11-10) at Wexford 2m 3f chs gd.
West Ship Master (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Soon disputed lead, headed 6 out, weakened after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Hot Friend (11-12) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs 0-102 gd, 15 ran.
Clan Cora (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Mid-division, bad mistake 5 out, no impression from 3 out, 8th of 12, well behind Deputy Consort (11-9) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs gd.
Wee Sonny (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th after 3 out, no extra from next, 8th of 15, 21l behind Shariyan (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Winston Churchill (IRE) 6-4fav (11-4) Attempted to make all, reminder from 5 out and from next, joined approaching 3 out, soon headed, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 2nd of 16, 15l behind Ninth Legion (11-4) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.
Macklycuddy (USA) 20-1 (10-11) Towards rear, no impression under pressure and kept on without threatening from 2 out, 9th of 16, 14l behind Ever Dreaming (11-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gs.
Witness Belle (IRE) 9-4fav (10-13) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th before 3 out, moderate 4th 2 out, 3rd last, stayed on run-in to 2nd close home, 2nd of 15, 10l behind Bingo Lady (10-13) at Bellewstown 3m mdn hdl gf.