Desert Roe is definitely improving and hasn't been beaten far in his last two starts where he's been staying on over slightly shorter. He's well enough handicapped and should get into the frame but it's difficult to avoid TOP CHIEF. Gordon Elliott's charge has struck form in no uncertain terms and comes here with a 4lb penalty for Friday's victory at Kilbeggan. He's been raised 10lb in the ratings so it's no surprise to see connections running him again and he should complete a hat-trick. Lord Of Isenay had some strong form last season and reverts to hurdles after falling on his chasing bow at Roscommon last month while Bonifacio is rarely beaten far in this sort of grade and can make his presence felt.
Lord Of Isenay (FR) 25-1 (11-12) Mistake 2nd, held up, soon in rear of mid-division, fell 5 out, in a race won by Devils Bride (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chase gd in Jun, 16 ran.
Wontbelongnow (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Pushed along from early, soon mid-division, weakened 5 out, eased from next, tailed off, last of 18, well behind In A Nutshell (11-4) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 gf.
Boland's Corner (GER) 25-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, 7th into straight, soon no impression, 7th of 24, 30l behind Tailors Hill (10-7) at Cork 3m hcp hdl 80-109 in May.
Bonifacio (IRE) 9-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, progress entering straight, ridden into moderate 8th 2 out, kept on run-in to go 4th, 4th of 18, 8l behind Dashing Lady (11-3) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gd.
Stolberg (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, no impression from after 3 out, 15th of 18, 48l behind In A Nutshell (11-4) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 gf.
Buckskin Boulta (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Soon chased leaders, 7th after 3 out, no impression when bad mistake 2 out, kept on same pace, 8th of 18, 20l behind Mount Gunnery (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in May.
Shesaportrait (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden 3 out, no impression before straight, 11th of 18, 50l behind Sarah Battle (10-9) at Limerick 3m nov hcp hdl 80-102 gs in Apr.
Top Chief 4-1 (10-12) Mid-division, improved into 3rd before 3 out, further progress to lead before 2 out, slight mistake 2 out and soon ridden, kept on well run-in, comfortably, won at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 gd beating Perrie Hill (11-11) by 4l, 14 ran.
Desert Roe (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Mid-division, 6th before 4 out, improved into 5th before 2 out, headway to lead 2 out, 3rd at last, soon 2nd, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 15, 4l behind The Two Jays (10-11) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
The Bold Beckey (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Soon disputed lead, led after 3rd, joined 3 out, soon headed, 3rd 2 out, soon no extra, one pace, 5th of 15, 16l behind Routes Delight (10-3) at Cork 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Udo's Choice (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Soon mid-division, headway under pressure from 3 out, 9th approaching straight, 6th and no impression under pressure from before last, kept on same pace, 6th of 18, 6l behind Fantastic Bob (11-1) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Whatsdacraic (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Mid-division, improved into 2nd before 3 out, ridden and further progress to dispute before 2 out, soon headed, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 5th of 14, 8l behind Top Chief (10-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 gd.