MARCHESE MARCONI has plenty in hand on official figures and with his rider's claim a help he can see off these rivals, who are unlikely to match his Flat speed. The useful hurdler Whatuthink ran very well over this trip at Leopardstown in April and could go well though Rory O'Moore, another decent type over timber, looks more of a threat as he's won three times in bumpers. Benash has been going well on the Flat this summer and finished runner-up in a chase at Listowel last month so is certainly fit enough.
Marchese Marconi (IRE) 7-2 (9-10) Towards rear, some headway early straight and ridden in 8th 2f out, no impression final furlong, 8th of 16, 6l behind Ancient Sands (9-2) at Naas 1m 4f hcp sft.
Total Reality (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride and in rear, last halfway, headway from 3f out, ridden in 7th on outer 2f out, improved to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol beating Settle For Red (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Whatuthink (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Pushed along to soon be prominent in chasing group, lost place early straight, soon no extra and weakened, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Quick Jack (9-0) at Navan 1m 5f hcp sft.
Afatcat 10-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, some headway in 8th after 2 out but moderate 6th entering straight, no extra, 10th of 16, 20l behind Vicalus (11-5) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep.
Benash (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, challenged under pressure and on terms 2f out, headed under 1 1/2f out, no extra and kept on same pace inside final furlong, last of 7, 5l behind Cullentry Royal (9-13) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Dr Tommy (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Prominent when blundered 1st and almost unseated rider, came to a standstill and soon pulled up, in a race won by Nearest The Pin (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f beg chs gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Golden Plan (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 7th 4 out, weakened from next, 14th of 20, well behind Call Rog (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl sft in Mar.
Rory O'Moore (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Led and clear, reduced lead from halfway, headed a 1 1/2f out, soon no extra, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 13l behind Caim Hill (10-13) at Listowel 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) in Sep.
Thuigim (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Chased clear leader and moderate 6th halfway, no extra and dropped towards rear entering straight, 13th of 14, 23l behind Mckinley (9-5) at Curragh 1m 4f mdn stks gd.
The Lady Granuaile (USA) 16-1 (10-2) Settled in mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th approaching straight and no impression from 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 9, 10l behind Abou Ben (10-9) at Listowel 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) sft in Jun.
If Or When (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, 4th from 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 14, 11l behind Empress Of Tara (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
Mireya (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders and 2nd before halfway, disputed approaching straight and headed under 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, 4th of 5, 7l behind Marchese Marconi (11-3) at Wexford 2m am stks (4yo+) gd in Aug.
Summer Star (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden along 3f out, no impression straight, kept on one pace, 9th of 12, 8l behind Digeanta (11-4) at Leopardstown 1m 6f amat mdn stks gf in Jun.
Theonewiththeleg (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, no extra before straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 16l behind Jack Daddy (9-7) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f mdn stks gd in Jun.