A huge field and plenty have been going well but there's sure to be a lot of interest in the hurdling debut of DIGEANTA. Willie Mullins' charge was well supported to make a winning start in a Cork bumper in July and, after being ridden confidently, he won with something to spare. He could turn out to be useful over timber and gets the nod over Spot Fine, who hasn't been able to get his head in front but has been running well enough to merit consideration. Minella For Value is on the upgrade despite his defeat at Listowel where the very heavy ground and 3m trip was just too much for him. Today's conditions should prove more to his liking while Easy Mate showed definite signs of progress when runner-up to Defence Of Duress over the C&D last month. Plato and Birzali are others with chances in what could prove an informative contest.
Birzali (FR) 10-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th after 4 out, 3rd approaching next, soon no extra, 12th of 16, well behind Ted Veale (11-12) at Listowel 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Chandrew (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Always towards rear, trailing from 3f out, 14th of 16, well behind Whats Happening (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f N H flat gd in Sep.
Cher Tel Me (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, never a factor, tailed off, 17th of 18, dis behind Playtime Ben (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Cosmic Kid (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 8th of 10, well behind Tasitiocht (11-7) at Cork 2m 3f N H flat in Jul.
Digeanta (IRE) 11-8fav (12-0) Soon in mid-division, raced wide, 5th and progress over 4f out, moderate 4th early straight, headway into 2nd 2 out, switched to inner to challenge entering final furlong, led 100 yards from finish, stayed on well, won at Cork 2m N H flat in Jul beating Minella Reception (11-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Flying Acrobat (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders, ran off bend at halfway and unseated rider, in a race won by Seefood (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f N H flat gf in Sep, 18 ran.
Minella For Value (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Soon chased leaders, close up on inner in 2nd approaching straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 16, 8l behind Roadtoabbeyfeale (11-12) at Listowel 3m mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Moscow Ivan (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division best, kept on without threatening from before 2 out, 6th of 13, 22l behind Flamenco Prince (10-11) at Downpatrick 2m 7f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
On A High 5-1 (12-0) Soon led, headed halfway, weakened quickly approaching straight and pulled up, in a race won by Definite Dream (12-0) at Tipperary 2m N H flat sft in Apr, 17 ran.
Plato (JPN) 14-1 (10-4) Prominent, ridden in 3rd 3 out, soon weakened, 14th of 19, well behind Novarov (11-5) at Galway 3m hcp hdl 88-130 gd in Aug.
Rory's Brother (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Led, headed after 3f, ridden in 3rd 3f out, no extra in 5th 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 17, 25l behind Celerity Rules (11-7) at Navan 2m N H flat sft in Sep.
Spot Fine 4-1 (11-12) Soon tracked leaders, closed up 4 out, on terms after next, every chance when not as quick as winner 2 out, soon struggling, kept on run-in without getting there, 2nd of 17, nk behind He's Our Man (11-12) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl in May.
The Bomber Ryan (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division best, ridden and no impression before 2 out, 9th of 19, 26l behind St Maxime (11-1) at Galway 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Yes Way Hosay (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Behind, outpaced 5f out, headway under pressure 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 20, 6l behind Champagne Fever (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Andunowhat (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd after 3 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Truckin All Night (11-9) at Listowel 2m mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Blossom Gate (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, 8th 4 out, moderate 7th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace without threatening, 4th of 22, 11l behind Run 'n' Jump (11-0) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Aug.
Cooper's Dream (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Soon tracked leaders, weakened quickly after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Roadtoabbeyfeale (11-12) at Listowel 3m mdn hdl sft in Sep, 16 ran.
Easy Mate (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) In rear, headway from 4 out, ridden to go moderate 4th 2 out, kept on without threatening to go 3rd run-in, 3rd of 20, 2l behind Defence Of Duress (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
June Monsoon (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 6th 4f out, 8th in touch 3f out, soon no extra, 8th of 11, 16l behind Jennies Jewel (11-6) at Listowel 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Sep.
Killegney 16-1 (10-11) Soon chased leaders, closed from 4 out, on terms from next, 2nd and kept on same pace under pressure from last, 4th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Flamenco Prince (10-11) at Downpatrick 2m 7f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Tellherimhere (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Waited with, 11th after halfway, no impression from 6f out, no extra from over 4f out, tailed off, 9th of 15, well behind Minella Reception (11-9) at Listowel 2m N H flat sft in Sep.
Black Streak (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 29l behind Gold Bullet (11-7) at Clonmel 2m N H flat sft in Jun.
Coragh Dtonn (IRE) 66-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, 10th of 13, 29l behind Sheer Genius (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Mar.