Elegant Statesman has now had five runs over fences and his latest, when tried over this trip for the first time, was his best effort so far. He's an obvious threat to all but TYLERS COTTAGE could be the one to see him off. Dermot Weld's charge is very lightly-raced for his age and could only finish third in this a year ago but he'll be tuned to the minute and can gain his first victory under Rules. Thomond has been showing some good form and ran well behind Indevan at Tipperary and Jarob, who has had two runs over fences, showed himself in good heart with a victory over hurdles at Bellewstown. Abolitionist also scored over timber at the same meeting and has experience over the bigger obstacles as does Aranhill Chief, another Bellewstown hurdles winner. Our Man Zebo, a winner between the flags and over hurdles, is an interesting newcomer to chasing and one to note under regular rider Barry Geraghty.
Abolitionist (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Mid-division, progress into 5th after 4 out, 3rd 3 out, improved to challenge 2 out, ridden before last, kept on strongly, easily, won at Bellewstown 3m hcp hdl 80-109 gf beating Court Frontier (11-5) by 9l, 14 ran.
Aranhill Chief (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Disputed early, led after 1st, ridden and challenged before 2 out, kept on well, all out run-in, just held on, won at Bellewstown 2m 4f hdl gf beating Clara Mc Cloud (11-5) by hd, 8 ran.
Elegant Statesman (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Mid-division, 4th before 6 out, ridden in 4th approaching last where hampered, no impression on winner run-in and kept on into 2nd, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Croghill Tuppence (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f beg chase gd.
Froggy (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Raced in moderate 4th, slow jump 1st and bumped, soon pulled up, in a race won by Cailin Annamh (11-5) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f nov chs gd in Jun, 5 ran.
Glenwood For Ever (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Towards rear and behind, steady headway to track leaders 4 out, 4th approaching straight, ridden when bad mistake 2 out and no impression, kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Knockanarrigan (11-6) at Punchestown 3m hcp chs 0-109 gd in May.
Guiding George (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Rear, soon behind, ridden and no impression 4 out, last of 4, 37l behind Elsie (11-7) at Roscommon 2m 4f nh nov hdl gf.
Jarob 12-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, progress into 3rd 3 out, challenged before next where mistake, ridden to lead last, kept on well run-in, won at Bellewstown 3m mdn hdl gf beating Rough Justice (11-12) by 3l, 15 ran.
Mister Hotelier (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Raced in rear, improved into 5th after 4 out, ridden after 3 out and left in 3rd 2 out, no impression from before last, 3rd of 6, 30l behind Alelchi Inois (11-5) at Killarney 2m 6f nov chs gd.
Of The Hook (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Soon mid-division, 8th 3 out, soon under pressure, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 8th of 17, 19l behind Survival (10-3) at Clonmel 2m 3f hcp chs 0-102 gf in Jun.
Our Man Zebo (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th entering straight, stayed on into 2nd and slight mistake 2 out, kept on same pace from last without matching winner, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Giant's Quest (11-2) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl gd.
Thomond (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, 4th halfway, 3rd 4 out, pushed along in 3rd before 2 out, progress into 2nd 2 out, soon ridden and no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Indevan (11-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs.
Tylers Cottage 13-2 (11-4) Towards rear of mid-division, 8th after 7 out, slightly hampered 3 out and soon ridden, improved into 2nd before last, kept on well run-in without matching winner, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Fort George (11-7) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd.
Wells China (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 6th halfway, 4th 4 out, headway into 3rd 2 out, ridden and kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Indevan (11-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs.
Vaxalco (FR) 7-1 (11-4) Towards rear, 10th 4 out, no extra approaching straight, 10th of 17, well behind Some Hawk (11-6) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 in May.
Some Benefit (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Croghill Tuppence (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f beg chase gd.