All eyes will be on Willie Mullins' newcomer Champagne Fever, a very easy winner on his only start between the flags in April. He's obviously one to keep an eye on but this looks a strong contest and BRIGHT NEW DAWN is given the vote to go one better than at Fairyhouse where he made the strongly fancied Venture Capital pull out the stops. Thomas Edison finished third in that event and had previously made a good impression at Down Royal while The Mighty Milan is another who made a very promising debut behind subsequent dual winner Corbally Ghost at Thurles.
Bright New Dawn (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Settled in mid-division, headway on outer entering straight, went 3rd 2f out, 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace but no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Venture Capital (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf sft.
Champagne Fever (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Rcd 3rd, ld 4th, 4L adv 10th, stretched adv 3out, impressive, won at Quakerstown 3m ire ptp gs in Apr beating Smart Money (11-7) by 10l, 7 ran.
Creative Pursuit (IRE) Orpen gelding out of Sue N Win.
Don Draper (IRE) Bertolini gelding out of Cefira.
Drumgooland (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Alw in rr, pu 2out, in a race won by Joseph Mercer (11-9) at Kirkistown 3m ire ptp gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Gray Hession (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Prominent, challenged and on terms over 2f out, headed into straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Saint Gervais (12-0) at Galway 2m N H flat gd in Jul.
Irish Thistle (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd approaching straight, no impression in 5th 2f out, kept on one pace without threatening, 4th of 14, 14l behind Venture Capital (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf sft.
Rear View (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th before straight, 2nd over 1f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 3 1/2l behind Bouillabaisse (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 1f nhf gd in May.
Sizing Italy (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, close 7th halfway, still well in touch entering straight, soon ridden and no extra in 6th under 2f out,, 6th of 14, 18l behind Venture Capital (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf sft.
Thats Just It (IRE) Definite Article gelding out of Justitia.
The Mighty Milan (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, close 4th 3f out, ridden entering straight, 3rd 2f out, kept on in 2nd final furlong, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Corbally Ghost (11-7) at Thurles 2m 4yo nhf in Nov.
Thomas Edison (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Settle in mid-division, close 9th halfway, headway entering straight to go 2nd 2f out, soon no impression on winner, no extra in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Venture Capital (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf sft.
Wild China (IRE) Chevalier gelding out of Langfuhrina.