Bob Lingo won this a year ago with several of these behind including Muirhead and Deal Done, who both ran well but appear unlikely to turn the tables. The winner will have a tough task with 8lb extra but the 2010 Paddy Power winner Majestic Concorde will have been trained solely with this race in mind after two recent runs on the Flat following a very long break. Klepht and Tranquil Sea fought a battle at Punchestown in April and the latter is capable of reversing the form on these terms while Willie Mullins has a very powerful hand with the very progressive Terminal and the in-form Laganbank. The consistent Jacksonslady can go well for Barry Geraghty while John Kiely must be expecting Carlingford Lough to get a run from her reserve spot as he's booked AP McCoy. UK raiders The Disengager and BOBOWEN fought out the finish of a Listed handicap at Market Rasen in September and the latter returned there to land a similar race earlier this month. Not surprisingly he's shot up the weights and there should be little between the pair again but Doctor Newlove's charge is just taken to come out on top and take this. Romanesco was in touch when falling at the last in the Irish National and has had a nice break in preparation for this.
Bob Lingo (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Led, headed briefly 8th, headed again from 3 out, soon weakened, dropped to last 2 out, last of 4, 21l behind Foildubh (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) in Apr.
The Disengager (IRE) 9-2fav (11-6) Made all, ridden after 2 out, driven clear from last, won at Stratford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gf in Jun beating Pure Faith (10-13) by 4l, 10 ran.
Bobowen (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, headway after 4 out, led before last, ran on strongly to draw clear run-in, won at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gf beating Woolcombe Folly (11-7) by 9l, 16 ran.
Majestic Concorde (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, bad mistake and saddle slipped 7 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Blazing Tempo (10-4) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs gd in Jul '11, 22 ran.
Tranquil Sea (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, niggled along 5th, pushed along and no impression 6 out, 5th of 7, 35l behind Prince Of Fire (9-10) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs gf.
Klepht (IRE) 12-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, headway into 6th 4 out, ridden into 3rd entering straight, challenged and mistake 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs sft in Apr beating Tranquil Sea (10-8) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Terminal (FR) 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division, mistake and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Madam Bovary (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 5f nov chs hvy in Apr, 14 ran.
Lastoftheleaders (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, closer in 7th 3 out, niggled along in 6th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Klepht (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs sft in Apr, 14 ran.
Lambro (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, trailing halfway, pulled up before 7 out, in a race won by Klepht (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs sft in Apr, 14 ran.
Buckers Bridge (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) In rear, mistake 5 out, lost touch with leaders before 3 out, 5th of 9, well behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-10) at Punchestown 2m nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Apr.
Laganbank (IRE) 5-2 (11-10) Settled behind leaders in 3rd, mistake 4th, improved to lead and mistake 2 out, pushed out to go clear before last, easily, won at Tipperary 2m 1f chs gf beating Imperial Shabra (11-5) by 8l, 4 ran.
Pride Of The Artic (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden from 3 out, soon no impression, in rear when pecked on landing 2 out and pulled up, in a race won by Followmeuptocarlow (10-2) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gs in Apr, 24 ran.
Jacksonslady (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Mid-division, 13th halfway, ridden in 11th early straight, kept on one pace, 9th of 28, 27l behind Liberty Counsel (9-5) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f Ext hcp ch in Apr.
Mr Cracker (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Soon mid-division, improved into 4th at 6th, slight mistake 3 out, ridden in 7th next, soon no impression, 9th of 14, 30l behind Double Seven (10-6) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs gf.
Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division, stumbled and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Big Easy (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Apr, 17 ran.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Chased leader early, 4th halfway, 3rd before 4 out, 2nd entering straight, ridden 2 out, under pressure in 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Silk Hall (11-0) at Tipperary 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) gf.
Muirhead (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Chased leader early, 4th from 4th, 2nd before straight, challenged 3 out, soon ridden, under pressure in 2nd 2 out, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 9l behind Oilily (10-7) at Cork 2m 4f hdl gf.
Romanesco (FR) 12-1 (10-2) Mid-division, 14th halfway, headway approaching straight and went 5th 2 out, keeping on one pace under pressure when fell last, in a race won by Liberty Counsel (9-5) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f Ext hcp ch in Apr, 28 ran.
Supreme Doc (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd before 3 out, led next, ridden clear after last, flicked tail and stopped to nothing closing stages, headed and dropped to 3rd near finish, 3rd of 16, 3/4l behind Another Palm (10-12) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs gf.
Jamsie Hall (IRE) 13-2 (10-3) Soon held up towards rear, pushed along in 10th entering straight, some late headway into moderate 7th last, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 9l behind Your Busy (10-3) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl gf.
Like Your Style (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, weakened from 3 out, 13th of 18, 29l behind Farrells Fancy (9-6) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Led, pressed from halfway, disputed 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, no extra in 2nd before last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Laganbank (11-10) at Tipperary 2m 1f chs gf.
Carlingford Lough (IRE) 4-1fav (11-1) Held up, 9th halfway, closer in 7th 4 out, ridden in 6th 3 out, left 5th, stayed on in 3rd last, pressed winner run-in, no extra close home, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Miss Pepperpot (9-13) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs sft in May.
Churchfield Champ (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, 5th 5 out, progress into 4th before next, hampered next, went 2nd and ridden from 3 out, no impression on winner from next, kept on one paced, 2nd of 8, 15l behind Rebel Fitz (11-5) at Killarney 2m 6f nov chs gf.
Deal Done (FR) 9-4 (11-6) Held up towards rear early, 4th halfway, pushed along into 2nd 3 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Aranhill Chief (10-11) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hdl gf.