Francis Du Mesnil hasn't won for two years but is so consistent that he continues to climb the ratings. CLARKEY holds Idarah on their run at Listowel a year ago and returned to form in no uncertain terms on the same track a couple of weeks ago. Some rain would aid his cause but he's in good enough form for this and holds Banna Man on that last run. Venture Lazarus pulled up in three point-to-points but provided a real shock when landing a beginners' chase at the Galway Festival and is something of an unknown quantity here. King High has the form for this at his best but is better over further.
Idarah (USA) 5-1 (11-10) Prominent, slow jump 5 out, 5th 3 out, soon struggling, bad mistake 2 out, no extra from last, 6th of 10, 39l behind Eagle's Pass (11-0) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs gd in Aug.
Got Attitude (IRE) 8-1 (11-13) Settled in rear, mistake 5 out, headway approaching straight, 4th 2 out, no extra run-in, 5th of 10, 5l behind Onzo Mor (10-3) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs sft.
King High (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Mid-division, 6th approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, 9th of 14, 36l behind Armaramak (11-3) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs gs in Aug.
Darenjan (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Soon mid-division, closer in 4th approaching straight, ridden when slight mistake and no impression from 2 out, 7th of 9, 13l behind Pozyc (10-4) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy.
Clarkey (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leader in 2nd, led just after 3 out, asserted before last, kept on well, won at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 sft beating Jigalo (11-9) by 7l, 9 ran.
Penny's Bill (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Prominent, niggled after 1st, no extra approaching 5 out, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Dr Whizz (10-8) at Punchestown 2m Ext hcp chs gs in May, 13 ran.
Predateur (FR) 9-2fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, moderate 7th 3 out, ridden in 6th and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 14l behind Blue Vic (10-9) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug.
Mahrajaan (USA) 33-1 (11-5) Towards rear, moderate 6th after 3 out, soon no impression, left 2 places better 2 out, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Slieveardagh (10-11) at Tipperary 2m 1f chs gd in Jul.
Banna Man (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Held up, mistake 1st, good headway 4 out, left 3rd after next, ridden and no impression on winner after 2 out, kept on one pace under pressure, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Clarkey (11-2) at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 sft.
Big Dano (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Towards rear, some headway under pressure into straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 16l behind Armaramak (11-3) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs gs in Aug.
Venture Lazarus (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd for much, closed into 2nd 2 out, led before straight, stayed on gamely under pressure inside final furlong, won at Galway 2m 1f beg chs gd in Jul beating Native Palm (11-5) by 1l, 12 ran.
Francis Du Mesnil (FR) 6-1 (10-3) Well off pace towards rear, good headway to track leaders travelling well 3 out, ridden to chase winner last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Paradis de Thaix (10-4) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp chs sft.