Cool Oscar is taking a step up in grade but stays well and likes the ground so an absence since May shouldn't be a problem. Top Madam's winning run came to an end at Killarney, though she wasn't beaten far and is preferred to Blackwell Synergy who had Baresi four lengths behind at Listowel but isn't certain to confirm the form on the revised terms. THE CRAFTY BUTCHER has yet to prove he stays this far but gained an impressive victory over 2m4f at Listowel and can take care of Aughnacurraveel, whose best form has been on quicker ground than he'll face here. Mulleady has some strong form and the combination of Tony Martin and Ruby Walsh will ensure she attracts plenty of interest.
Top Madam (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Prominent, led from 3rd to 6th, ridden 3 out, no extra from 2 out, dropped to 4th from last, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind The Boat People (10-1) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Blackwell Synergy (FR) 10-1 (11-4) Chased leader in 2nd, slight mistake 3 out and niggled along in 3rd briefly, ridden to lead entering straight, kept on well from before last, won at Listowel 3m hcp hdl sft in Sep beating Baresi (11-0) by 4l, 17 ran.
Aughnacurraveel (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Waited with in rear, stumbled badly approaching 4 out, soon improved and tracked leaders from next, challenged and went a bit left last, soon led and stayed on best, won at Kilbeggan 3m hdl gf in Sep beating Leblon (11-3) by 4l, 9 ran.
The Crafty Butcher (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Waited with, improved from before 3 out, 6th approaching straight, challenged and led last, stayed on well run-in, won at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl in Sep beating Coolmill (10-6) by 2l, 18 ran.
Whodoyouthink (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) With leader, led 3rd, headed 7th, soon niggled and quickly lost place and dropped to rear 8th, tailed off 10th, pulled up after next, in a race won by First Lieutenant (11-7) at Aintree 3m 1f chs G1 (1) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Face Value 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leader and keen, hit 2nd, joined leader 4 out, one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 4, 14l behind Balder Succes (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4yo hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Mulleady (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along entering straight, no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 8l behind Top Madam (11-3) at Down Royal 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) gd in Nov.
Baresi (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway into 6th 4 out, ridden into 5th entering straight, closed in 2nd 2 out, no impression winner when mistake last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 17, 4l behind Blackwell Synergy (11-4) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl sft in Sep.
On The Way Out (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Soon mid-division at ordinary pace, slight mistake 7th, 8th and no impression approaching straight, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 14l behind The Real Article (11-4) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp chs in Sep.
Baracas (FR) 20-1 (10-10) Waited with, improved from before straight, soon tracked leaders, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 9th of 18, 11l behind The Crafty Butcher (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl in Sep.
Dooney Rock (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, lost place 4th, ridden after next, slightly hampered after 6th, no impression in last before 3 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 7, 6l behind Dartford Warbler (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Sep.
Bangonform (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, 5th 4 out, ridden and no extra entering straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 17, 14l behind Blackwell Synergy (11-4) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl sft in Sep.
Point The Toes (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Waited with towards rear, moderate 9th and no impression approaching straight, kept on same pace, 9th of 18, 16l behind Glibin (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (80-116) (4yo+) in Sep.
Balynaclash Warior (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Waited with in mid-division, closed approaching straight, challenged and on terms 2 out, soon led and clear from before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Listowel 3m mdn hdl in Sep beating Clonard Lad (11-12) by 3l, 18 ran.
Ocean Bright (USA) 9-1 (11-2) Soon prominent, mistake 4 out, 5th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 18, 10l behind Glibin (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (80-116) (4yo+) in Sep.
Cool Oscar (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Towards rear, 13th after 3 out, headway in 8th entering straight, ridden to challenge last, stayed on to lead run-in, kept on well, won at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May beating Back To Drumdeel (10-9) by 4l, 22 ran.