This looks a tight handicap but if SIZING MACHINE can handle the conditions he can defy a big weight after several cracking performances in handicaps after his maiden success at Down Royal in August. Tribes And Banner won twice over fences at Punchestown in May and reverts to hurdles on a much lower mark so looks a major player along with Liberty's Gift, whose recent second to Gudnis Gracious Me at Kilbeggan could be given a boost earlier in the evening. Anoosou should be winning soon but Anshan Dreams is probably warming up for Galway where he won last year and Takeyourcapoff looks more of a threat after a fine run on the Flat at the Curragh.
Sizing Machine (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Prominent, led 2 out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed at last, kept on well run-in, 2nd of 20, 1/2l behind Il Fenomeno (10-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl sft in Apr.
Inspector Clouseau (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) Soon mid-division, closer order approaching 4 out, 3rd approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 7th of 18, 23l behind Drive Time (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr '12.
Anshan Dreams 12-1 (11-5) Made all, challenged 2 out, led travelling well entering straight, pushed out briefly run-in, comfortably, won at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Sep beating Churchfield Champ (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Liberty's Gift (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Always prominent, 2nd approaching 2 out (usual 3 out), no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Gudnis Gracious Me (10-8) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in Jun.
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.
High Importance (USA) 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, hampered by stricken horse early straight and 6th bypassing 2 out, went 5th last and kept on well under pressure run-in, not reach first 2, 3rd of 19, 1 1/2l behind Ted Dolly (11-3) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf in Jun.
Tribes And Banner (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Soon chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 4th 4 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 16l behind Rawnaq (10-2) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl gf.
Ok Oscar (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, progress 3 out, ridden in 5th next, no impression, 9th of 13, 13l behind Wicklow Lad (11-4) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Mar.
Anoosou (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, challenged 2 out, ridden before last where slight mistake, every chance run-in, no extra close home, 3rd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Money Spider (10-13) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-109 gf.