Mick Hourigan won this a year ago and DUSHYBEAG can repeat the process. He'd shown ability over fences without winning before a very impressive victory on fast ground at Clonmel last month and has plenty going for him here. Shanpallas hasn't been seen since finding heavy going against him at Cheltenham in January but his three victories to date have all been gained on good ground so today's conditions should be in his favour. Harpsy Cord has had 19 career starts but never raced on fast ground so he may find this too quick and the versatile Aughnacurraveel, a winner over 2m at Dundalk in March, may have more of a chance. Gimli's Rock looks best of the remainder.
Gimli's Rock (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, pushed along approaching 4 out, no impression from before next, ran on without threatening run-in, 4th of 7, 7l behind Cape Glory (11-0) at Down Royal 2m 4f hdl gf in Jun.
Harpsy Cord (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 3 out, ridden and strongly pressed winner 2 out, kept on under pressure from last, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Balnaslow (11-10) at Tramore 2m 6f chs in Apr.
Long Strand (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Last until 4th 6out, mod 3rd 4out, to 3rd aftr 3out, 3rd of 5, 16l behind Klassy (10-13) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp in Jun.
Shanpallas (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Behind and mistakes, hampered 4th, struggling 11th, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 50l behind Indian Castle (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) hvy in Jan.
Dushybeag (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Soon prominent, moderate 2nd before 5 out, closed from 3 out, led into straight, clear approaching 2 out, stayed on well, easily, won at Clonmel 3m beg chase gf in Jun beating Gallant Tipp (11-12) by 16l, 15 ran.
Howwoulduno (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Held up, soon towards rear, 8th approaching 3 out, no impression when eased between last 2 and pulled up before last, in a race won by Fisher Bridge (10-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gf in Jun, 11 ran.
Aughnacurraveel (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Held up, 5th halfway, no impression after 3 out, ridden entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 34l behind Mala Beach (11-8) at Gowran Park 3m hdl G2 (1) in Jan.
Dark Vagabond (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Disputed lead, led after 3rd, jumped right 4th and 5th, mistake 4 out, pushed along into straight, strongly pressed 2 out, headed approaching last and soon dropped to 3rd, left 2nd run-in, 2nd of 16, 8l behind Devils Bride (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chase gd in Jun.
The Three Colleens (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Rcd 3rd, rdn in 3rd 3out, no impress on front pair, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Saddlenomore (12-2) at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Jun.