Luke Dempsey, who has ridden plenty of winners as an apprentice on the Flat, can use his claim as a conditional over jumps and looks to have picked up a fine ride on SWANTYKAY. Gordon Elliott's charge has been in excellent form and his only recent blemish came when impeded at the Galway Festival and this can prove within his capabilities. Fethard Player is 13lb higher than when scoring at Ballinrobe in June while War Of The Pennys makes his handicap debut with a big weight. Mrs Mac Veale scored over fences at Tramore last month and that's probably where her future lies, a remark that also applies to Six Stone Ned, placed in Grade 3 company in novice chases in October. The latter was behind Curragh Golan at Bellewstown last time and is unlikely to reverse the form as Garret Power's charge only just failed to concede Cassells Rock 6lb and looks the main threat here.
Fethard Player (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway on outer from 4 out, improved to lead travelling well entering straight, ridden 2 out, headed before last, 3rd at last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Courtncatcher (11-1) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Aug.
War Of The Pennys (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Towards rear, 5th 3 out, progress on outer to lead next, edged left run-in, just held on, finished 1st and placed 2nd, 2nd of 6, shd behind Meldrum Lad (11-7) at Tramore 2m nh nov hdl gd in Aug.
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Disputed lead from 3rd, led from 8th, ridden and headed entering straight, 2nd 2 out, dropped to 5th when mistake at last, no extra, 6th of 11, 9l behind Courtncatcher (11-1) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Aug.
Six Stone Ned (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, 5th 4 out, 3rd 3 out, no impression from next, one pace under pressure in 4th from before last, 4th of 11, 7l behind Cassells Rock (10-3) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Eight Till Late (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) In rear, not fluent 5 out, soon briefly pushed along, 9th from 3 out, soon no impression, not fluent 2 out, one pace under pressure in 5th from before last, 5th of 11, 10l behind Cassells Rock (10-3) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Curragh Golan (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Close up, took keen hold, on terms 5 out, soon led, attempted to assert before 3 out, pushed along approaching 2 out and clear, reduced lead and pressed run-in, headed on line, 2nd of 11, shd behind Cassells Rock (10-3) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Point The Toes (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Towards rear, improved into 5th before 3 out, ridden in 4th before next where hampered, kept on same pace from before last, 4th of 11, 11l behind Hero De Villeneuve (10-2) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 gd in Aug.
Swantykay (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, switched left after 2 out and progress before last, led run-in and kept on well, won at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Aug beating Beckwith Star (11-9) by 2l, 10 ran.
Playtime Ben (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, some progress into 8th when slightly hampered 3 out, soon ridden, 7th when slight mistake next, no impression, 7th of 11, 23l behind Bose Ikard (12-1) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Aug.
Swiftmarc (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 8th halfway, 6th after 3 out, ridden and no extra entering straight, weakened, 13th of 20, 39l behind Big Generator (11-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd in Jun.