Willie Mullins won this in 2007 and his representative here Red Tiger, a half-brother to winning bumper/hurdler Red Hot Poker, must be respected. Gran Torini showed the benefit of a hurdling debut with a good run in a Kilbeggan bumper but may do better when the ground eases. Quantum Theory improved when getting a stiffer test of stamina in a maiden hurdle at Punchestown when runner-up in a huge field to Cottage Oak. Elizabeth Doyle's charge is still progressing and must go close though it's VIKING VISITOR who gets the nod. The Lisronagh point-to-point winner made an excellent bumper debut when just outpaced by Fantasy King inside the final furlong at Punchestown after leading 5f out and will have come on for the run.
Creig (IRE) Alderbrook gelding out of Bow River.
Desert Gunner (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Alw rr, pu 5out, in a race won by The Wrong Bid (12-0) at Stradbally 3m ire ptp in Apr, 17 ran.
Forth Official (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, fell 2nd, in a race won by Stanton Court (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd in May, 25 ran.
Gran Torino (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Soon mid-division, 7th over 4f out, went moderate 3rd over 2f out, kept on without threatening straight, not reach 1st 2, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Askanna (11-4) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f N H flat gf in May.
Indigo Symphony 20-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway 4f out, ridden in 6th entering straight, kept on same pace from 2f out, 5th of 21, 10l behind Fantasy King (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 1f nhf gd in May.
Lehaunstown (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Mid-division on outer, headway into 3rd 4f out, soon ridden and no impression on leaders, kept on one paced from 2f out, 4th of 20, 10l behind The Real Article (11-9) at Cork 2m N H flat gf in May.
One Of A Kind (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Led, joined approaching straight, soon headed and weakened, 11th of 15, 39l behind Dr Whizz (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Quantum Theory (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Chased leaders early, mid-division before halfway, headway to 7th 5 out, 5th next, ridden 2 out, 4th entering straight, stayed on in 3rd last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 25, 8l behind Cottage Oak (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in May.
Red Tiger Dolpour gelding out of Red Hot Hebe.
Teagan (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from 4f out, 10th of 20, 36l behind The Real Article (11-9) at Cork 2m N H flat gf in May.
Viking Visitor (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead 5f out, strongly pressed and disputed 2f out, ridden and headed inside final 150 yards, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 21, 4l behind Fantasy King (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 1f nhf gd in May.
We Are Where Weare (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) In touch towards rear, closed up over 3f out, 2nd from 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure straight, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Run Along Boy (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f N H flat gd.
Atha Dara Abu (IRE) Environment Friend mare out of Eva Diva.
Carrigmore Mollie (IRE) Milan mare out of Gra Mo Chroi.
Celia's Express (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Prominent, disputed lead briefly after 5f, ridden in moderate 6th entering straight, weakened, 11th of 16, 23l behind Luna Runner (11-2) at Wexford 2m mrs N H flat gd.
Cheyanwe (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Mostly 2nd until 3rd from 3out, ld 2out, 3l adv & gng best when lft clr last, so, won at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp in May beating Rare Benefit (12-0) by 8l, 14 ran.
Isitkittyorbaby (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 5th, ridden 6f out, soon no extra, 9th of 12, well behind Down In Neworleans (11-9) at Clonmel 2m N H flat gd.
Jdyn (IRE) Dushyantor mare out of Modern Melody.
Kilbride Rose (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) In rear, no impression from 4f out, kept on one paced straight, 7th of 16, 26l behind False Messenger (11-4) at Wexford 2m 4f mrs NH flt (5-7yo) gd in May.
Step Right Up (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, closed from before halfway, soon 3rd, challenged from 2f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 18, 12l behind Feast Or Famine (11-1) at Dundalk 2m 2f mrs N H flat std in Feb.
Academy Kid (USA) 11-2 (10-11) Mid-division, no impression from 4f out, 8th of 15, 37l behind Blackstairmountain (11-7) at Tipperary 2m 4yo nhf gd in Jun '09.
Fordementor (IRE) 7-4 (12-0) Chsd ldrs in 3rd/4th, chall bef 2out, ld aftr 2out & gng best last, sow to go clr flat, won at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp in May beating Somewhere To Go (12-0) by 5l, 13 ran.
Total Pleasure (IRE) Alderbrook gelding out of Oak Court.