Fiery Oscar has gone from a rating of 94 to 127 over hurdles after four successive victories, all of them when well backed. He was beaten on the Flat last month but even with his big weight is impossible to dismiss. SHANPALLAS is a young hurdler going places judged on his impressive victory over 2m4f at Down Royal where he travelled well throughout. He enjoys quick ground so wouldn't want more rain and can defy a 10lb hike in the weights and take this. Usa has also gone up the same amount after an impressive victory over a big field at Clonmel so he's on the short-list along with Celestial Prospect, who scored on his latest start over hurdles at Wexford in October and on the Flat there a month ago.
Mister Benedictine 12-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to challenge 3 out, ridden in 2nd 2 out, no extra before last, 6th of 16, 7l behind Cnoc Na Sioga (10-7) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in May.
Fiery Oscar (IRE) 11-2fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway 3 out, 5th before straight, pushed along to lead before 2 out, ridden to assert before last, kept on strongly run-in, comfortably, won at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in May beating Time Please (11-2) by 10l, 17 ran.
Balnaslow (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Towards rear, no extra 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by The Paparrazi Kid (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr, 22 ran.
Caolaneoin (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Keen hold on outer, soon close up, on terms before 4th, soon led, slightly slow jump 6th, joined and mistake next, soon headed and not fluent 5 out, no extra approaching straight and eased when beaten, 5th of 13, 32l behind His Excellency (10-9) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in May '12.
Raggletagglegypsy (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd when fell 5th, in a race won by Sands Cove (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase gd in May, 15 ran.
Cottrelsbooley (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Led and soon well clear, reduced advantage 3 out, mistake next and soon headed, weakened, 8th of 9, 23l behind Competitive Edge (10-9) at Navan 2m hcp hdl sft in Mar '12.
Mister Hotelier (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Soon tracked leaders, niggled along to close 4 out, soon prominent going well, challenged and on terms before 2 out, soon led, stayed on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan beating Sarabad (11-2) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Salesin 16-1 (10-6) Attempted to make all, jumped a bit right at times, headed and dropped to 3rd 2 out, no extra and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 16, 4l behind Golden Kite (10-6) at Roscommon 3m hcp chs gf.
Cnoc Na Sioga (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Chased leaders and 6th halfway, pushed along approaching straight and 8th bypassing 2 out, no impression before last, 8th of 19, 9l behind Ted Dolly (11-3) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf.
Shanpallas (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, closer order from before 4 out, led after next, slight mistake 2 out, strongly pressed from before last, stayed on well to draw clear closing stages, comfortably, won at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd in May beating High Gales (11-2) by 6l, 19 ran.
Takeyourcapoff (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Mid-division, 10th and ridden 2 out, went 6th at last, kept on without threatening, 4th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Rawnaq (10-3) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl gf in May.
Ted Dolly (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, well off the pace, no impression from 3 out, hampered and kept on same pace from 2 out, 5th of 14, 11l behind Esporao (11-12) at Clonmel 2m beg chase.
Clondaw Warrior (IRE) 18-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden 2 out, no impression straight, 12th of 19, 21l behind Rawnaq (10-3) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl gf in May.
Frawley (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Always in rear, lost touch from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rye Martini (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Apr, 10 ran.
The Amarillo Kid (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, eased when beaten in straight, 15th of 20, well behind He'llberemembered (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs gs in Mar.
Truckin All Night (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Prominent, not fluent 3rd, lost place and not fluent 4 out, soon no impression, 11th of 16, 25l behind Blazing Sonnet (10-13) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in May.
Security Breach (IRE) 5-2fav (10-0) Soon towards rear, never a factor, 14th of 18, well behind Cry For The Moon (9-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl sft in May.
Usa (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, closer in 5th approaching straight, 3rd 2 out, led before last, stayed on well to draw clear run-in, easily, won at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft beating Never A Secret (10-8) by 4 1/2l, 17 ran.
Celestial Prospect (AUS) 6-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, joined issue 4 out and led 2 out, asserted early straight and kept on well, won at Wexford 2m 2f cond hcp hdl (80-109) gd in Oct beating Bulletproof (10-10) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
American Flyer (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Led and disputed, headed 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up straight, in a race won by Usa (11-1) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft, 17 ran.
Nurse Ryan (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Prominent and led or disputed after 2nd, just headed but still travelling quite well when fell last, in a race won by Clancy Strand (10-12) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Aug, 12 ran.
Treacy Hotels Boy (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, headway to lead before 2 out, ridden and kept on well run-in, won at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl sft in May beating Popmurphy (11-12) by 3l, 20 ran.
Classic Event (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, no extra from before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Wing It Lady (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Mar, 14 ran.