Willie Mullins and Paul Townend have won both renewals of this so it's surprising to find Andrew Lynch on board the stable's Aupcharlie though he's rode him on his last three starts. He makes his debut over fences and is an obvious threat to all but Townend renews partnership with Spot Fine and the combination will make a bold bid to go one better than when runner-up to Far Away So Close at Limerick. CARLINGFORD LOUGH will take some beating having finished a close third to Lyreen Legend in what looked a strong event at Galway last month. Four times a winning hurdler, that was only the eighth race of his career and with more to come he can gain his first success over fences. Prima Vista, a very useful staying hurdler, makes his debut over the bigger obstacles and is certainly one to note but Bridgets Pet was in touch though struggling when falling at the last at Thurles and hadn't jumped with any fluency earlier.
Aupcharlie (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, challenged 2 out, led entering straight, ridden and strongly pressed approaching last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jan beating Whispering Hills (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Carlingford Lough (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Chased leaders, closed last, 3rd and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Lyreen Legend (11-10) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Oct.
Macklycuddy (USA) 14-1 (10-3) Mid-division early, headway into 4th halfway, 2nd after 5 out, ridden in 4th after 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Western Promise (10-6) at Listowel 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Sep, 17 ran.
Mr Bb (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Chased leaders in 6th, 5th before 4 out and ridden along when left 4th after next, no extra, 5th of 9, 45l behind Jetson (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chs sft.
Pineau De Re (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 9th 5 out, kept on same pace from before next, 9th of 16, 21l behind Tillahow (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chs.
Prima Vista 14-1 (11-10) Settled behind leaders in 4th, 3rd 3 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 20l behind Whatuthink (11-5) at Navan 2m 4f hdl G2 (1).
Spot Fine 5-2 (11-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, led 8th, strongly pressed early straight and headed 2 out, no impression on winner before last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Far Away So Close (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy.
Toon River (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Disputed early, chased leader in 2nd clear of field, slight mistake 4th, reduced advantage halfway, led 5 out, ridden and headed before 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, last of 8, well behind Dylan Ross (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs.
Bridgets Pet (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, good headway to dispute 4 out, blundered and headed 2 out, no impression on winner when fell last, in a race won by Sweeney Tunes (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs in Oct, 16 ran.
Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 11-4 (11-11) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, headway into 2nd 3 out, ridden 2 out, no extra before last, 5th of 11, 18l behind Benefficient (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gd.
Mrs Henderson 50-1 (10-7) Mid-division, mistake 7th, no extra from 3 out, 8th of 11, 30l behind Far Away So Close (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy.