Another fine turnout with Rathlin sure to attract support after last season's exploits, though he's needed his opening run in the past and has a Grade 2 penalty to contend with. False Economy was busy on the Flat in mid-summer so should be fit enough and he's done very well over fences though RIVAGE D'OR could be the one to be on after his very impressive victory at Ballinrobe last month where he jumped superbly. Down In Neworleans is unbeaten in three starts over fences and though taking on better company he looked a fine prospect when scoring by 10 lengths at Galway last August - he shouldn't be dismissed despite a long absence. Knockfierna won three Grade 3s last season and may have won a Grade 2 but for running out so she's another to watch out for in a fascinating race.
Rathlin 11-4 (11-10) Led and clear, mistake 7th, reduced lead 4 out, headed next, no impression into straight, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Flemenstar (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Down In Neworleans (IRE) 2-1 (11-9) Soon tracked leader, clear of remainder, led approaching 6 out, clear from before 3 out, good jumps last 2 and soon in command, stayed on well along stand's rail final furlong, won at Galway 2m 1f nov chs gd in Aug '11 beating Dr Whizz (11-6) by 10l, 7 ran.
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden and weakened 6 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Pride Of The Artic (11-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f nov chs (1) hvy.
Rivage D'Or (FR) 8-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, improved to lead after 3 out, clear next, stayed on strongly from last, eased close home, easily, won at Ballinrobe 2m 6f chs sft in Sep beating Berties Dream (11-10) by 11l, 7 ran.
Knockfierna (IRE) 8-11fav (11-5) Chased leaders, closed from before 6th, left in lead from 4 out, joined before 2 out but still travelling well, led again last and stayed on well to assert run-in, comfortably, won at Limerick 2m 6f mrs nov chs Gr3 (1) hvy in Mar beating Special Token (10-11) by 9l, 10 ran.
False Economy (IRE) 1-2fav (11-10) Waited with, closer order to track leaders 4 out, 2nd but struggling to get to winner from before 2 out, every chance and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Great Oak (10-7) at Tipperary 2m 1f chs hvy in Jul.
Watercolours (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th last, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 18l behind Weslife (11-7) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs sft in Sep.