Carriganog has done very well for Aidan O'Brien, gaining impressive victories at Clonmel and Wexford before a fair effort in a Navan Grade 2 over an extra half-mile. He'll take some beating but Willie Mullins had no less than eight entered at the early stage and relies on SMASHING, who is handed the vote. A very experienced campaigner in France, he has been bought for chasing but produced a smart performance to beat Speckled Wood at Fairhouse and any further rain would aid his cause. Dalasiri finished last of four behind today's rival One Fine Day at Fairyhouse in April but has made greater strides than that rival and can take revenge but the consistent though luckless Everything Zain hasn't run for over a year.
Carriganog (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th 3 out, 3rd next, kept on same pace before last, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Apache Stronghold (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) in Nov.
Dalasiri (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Chased leader in 2nd, mistake 4th, improved to challenge entering straight, ridden after 2 out, no extra in 3rd last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Diakali (11-10) at Naas 2m hdl Grade 3 (1) in Nov.
Smashing (FR) 2-1 (10-12) In touch in 5th, pushed along after 3 out, went close 3rd on inner 2 out, switched to outer and improved to lead before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl in Nov beating Speckled Wood (11-2) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Everything Zain (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Chased leaders in 3rd, headway into close 2nd after 3 out, ridden to challenge and mistake 2 out, under pressure and close up when mistake last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Stocktons Wing (10-12) at Down Royal 2m 3yo hdl gs in Nov '12.
One Fine Day (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 6th 3 out, moderate 7th and no extra from before straight, 8th of 11, 36l behind Upazo (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl.
Allied Victory (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, dropped off leaders 5th, closer in 4th 4 out, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 11l behind The Game Changer (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Nov.