Draco makes his hurdling debut in this strong event but has shown promise in bumpers and over 1m6f on the Flat at Leopardstown last month. Fruits Of Molly ran a superb race behind Shield at Cork in May but didn't build on that when favourite at Sligo while Gusty Rocky also disappointed after completing a bumper and Flat double in May. Most Peculiar hasn't quite been able to raise a finishing burst when tackling longer trips and Poetic Lord has been looking as though further than this would suit. TANDEM makes his hurdling debut but he'll be primed to the minute and his form on the Flat last season, especially when a close third in a Leopardstown Group 3 in September, suggests he could be very useful over timber so he's taken to make a successful start.
Castle Guest (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, challenged on outer straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 6th of 10, 10l behind Ange Balafre (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo nov hdl in Nov.
Draco 5-2 (11-7) Led, joined from before straight, headed over 2f out, soon no impression and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 16l behind Mr Diablo (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 5yo NH flat gd in May.
Fruits Of Molly (IRE) 11-10fav (11-4) Soon led and disputed, led halfway, strongly pressed 2 out, weakened entering straight, 5th of 8, 10l behind Sang Tiger (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gf.
Glen Orchy Lad (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, behind when pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Indian Outlook (11-12) at Sligo 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Oct, 15 ran.
Gusty Rocky (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Held up, mid-division halfway, improved to track leaders on inner travelling smoothly into straight, switched left over 1 1/2f out, challenged and led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Clonmel 2m NH flat in May beating Oscar'swan (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Hash Brown (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Soon chased leaders, 3rd approaching straight, challenged from under 3f out, no impression from 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Macbride (11-7) at Cork 2m 3f NH flat gd.
Most Peculiar (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Prominent, 2nd approaching straight where raced towards outer, soon challenged, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Macbride (11-7) at Cork 2m 3f NH flat gd.
News For Pascal (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Solita (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f NH flat gd in May.
Poetic Lord 6-1 (11-5) Led early, headed after 1st and chased leader, 5th after 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on into moderate 3rd run-in, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Damefirth (10-8) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd.
Tandem 9-2 (9-7) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden in 5th 2f out, no extra and weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 14l behind Rich Coast (9-7) at Cork 1m Listed stks (1) in Oct (flat).
Tawseef (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Soon chased leaders on inner, 5th from before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from after 2 out, 4th of 22, 7l behind Time For A Pint (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl gf in May.
The Trigger (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) In rear, ridden and headway over 4f out, weakened 2f out, detached, 4th of 10, well behind Line D'aois (11-9) at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) hvy in May.
Solar Heat (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Towards rear for most, ridden and no impression 3 out, 11th of 20, well behind Cillian's Return (11-12) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl in May.