BENEFFICIENT, winner of the Jewson at Cheltenham, looked as though he'd had enough for the season when pulling up at the Punchestown Festival but a recent run on the Flat will have sharpened him up and he should be ready for this. He has to concede 2lb to the classy stayer Tofino Bay, runner-up over much further in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham and the Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown, and should be capable of doing so over this trip. Far Away So Close has fitness on his side but has a lot to find and a place looks the best he can hope for.
Benefficient (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) In rear, 8th 4 out, effort from next, no impression entering straight, pulled up before last, in a race won by Arvika Ligeonniere (11-10) at Punchestown 2m nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Apr, 9 ran.
Tofino Bay (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Led, ridden 3 out, soon headed, no impression on winner from 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 8, 22l behind Mount Benbulben (11-10) at Punchestown 3m 1f nov chs G1 (1) sft in Apr.
Far Away So Close (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, disputed when mistake 4th, ridden and weakened 3 out, 9th of 14, 27l behind Fiery Oscar (11-2) at Listowel 2m hcp hdl sft in Sep.
New Phase (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, slight peck 4 out, soon no impression, 11th of 16, 30l behind Run With The Wind (11-12) at Listowel 2m 1f beg chs in Sep.
Rockshandy (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Prominent, mainly 2nd, 3rd before straight, no impression from before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Minella For Value (11-11) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 gd.