Willie Mullins must be despairing of getting a race out of Champagne Agent, who has run really well on several occasions but has now had eleven starts over timber without winning. It will be a surprise if he's out of the frame here but once again he may have to settle for second best, this time to GIANT'S QUEST. He's another who has produced some strong efforts against decent opposition and though absent since the autumn his overall form gives him the edge. Elegant Statesman could prove the fly in the ointment as he gained many admirers when running away with a Cork bumper and has experience between the flags. The remainder look up against it.
Adam's Return (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Well off pace towards rear, closer order in 7th straight, no extra 1 1/2f out, 7th of 8 Face Value (8-4) at Navan 1m 5f hcp 60-90 hvy in Oct (flat).
Allez Vic (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Soon chased leaders, moderate 6th after 3 out, 7th and no extra from before straight, kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 32l behind The Conker Club (10-8) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Mar.
Belmont Exit (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) In rear, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 19th of 25, well behind Wedding Present (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl gs in Apr.
Champagne Agent (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, ridden in moderate 4th from next, left moderate 3rd at last, kept on one paced to go 2nd run-in, 2nd of 19, 34l behind Mad Brian (11-5) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Cnoc Na Gcon (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Waited with, closer order final mile, 7th over 4f out, kept on same pace straight, 7th of 15, well behind County Champions (11-0) at Cork 2m 3f N H flat in Mar.
Dance Floor King (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Always towards rear, completely tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Flash Of Genius (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 2f N H flat hvy in Apr '12.
Dr Nana (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 16th of 25, well behind Wedding Present (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl gs in Apr.
Elegant Statesman (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, closed into straight, led travelling well over 2f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on well, won at Cork 2m N H flat in Oct beating Thekingofconnemara (11-11) by 4l, 18 ran.
Firmount Gent (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 3rd 1/2way, rdn along and under press app str, pu last, in a race won by Coleman Abbey (12-0) at Horse And Jockey 3m ire ptp sft in Mar, 13 ran.
Giant's Quest (AUS) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, ridden to go 3rd 2 out, no impression on winner approaching last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 6l behind Pique Sous (11-12) at Thurles 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) in Oct.
Icthec (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and no extra before straight, kept on one pace, 10th of 24, 32l behind Starkie (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Kilkea Gold (IRE) Oscar Schindler gelding out of What It Is.
Provincial Pride (IRE) Whitmore's Conn gelding out of Soraleda.
The Young Offender (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Always prominent, left in from over 4f out, joined over 2f out, soon headed and no impression, kept on same pace, 2nd of 19, 2 1/2l behind Jenari (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo nhf gd in Apr '11.
Zemario (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division on inner, ridden 3 out, moderate 6th 2 out, kept on one paced, 4th of 25, 28l behind Wedding Present (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl gs in Apr.
Ballymackrory (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, no extra and kept on same pace straight, 11th of 16, 38l behind Our Katie (11-2) at Cork 2m mrs N H flat in Apr.
Ourbeautifuldream (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, some progress 3f out, ridden in moderate 4th entering straight, no impression, 5th of 9, 35l behind Honey Bach (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mrs N H flat sft in Oct.
The Housekeeper (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Led, joined 4f out, headed and 3rd before straight, soon no impression, 10th of 18, 31l behind Daisy's Gift (11-7) at Thurles 2m mrs N H flat sft in Feb.
Coolroe (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, ridden and no extra 4 out, weakened, 15th of 16, well behind Lastofthepilots (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Apr.