Jessica Harrington has trained the last two winners of this and holds a strong hand again this year. WHY BUT WHY had Hold The Aces behind when just touched off on his hurdling debut at Roscommon and looks the one here ahead of stable companion The Quiet Hawk, who has a penalty for her defeat of Roman Flight and today's rival High Destiny in a maiden hurdle at Killarney. The lightly-raced Chill won over 6f at Warwick last year and was second over 1m at Haydock in June so is probably the pick of the newcomers.
Cool Newport (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, mistake 3rd, headway 3 out, chased winner and effort approaching next, soon ridden and one pace, no impression when lost 2nd last, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Xenophon (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jul.
The Quiet Hawk (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Chased clear leader, closed and led 2 out, stayed on well from before last, won at Killarney 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl gs in Aug beating Roman Flight (10-12) by 3l, 12 ran.
Castle Park (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 12th of 17, 33l behind Long Live The King (9-2) at Tipperary 1m 4f mdn stks gf in Jun (flat).
Chill (IRE) 3-1 (8-9) Prominent main group, outpaced 3f out, switched outside and headway 2f out, soon ridden, went 2nd when edged left 1f out, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Las Verglas Star (8-8) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun (flat).
Dontmesswitdezohan (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Well off pace towards rear for most, never a factor, 10th of 12, 37l behind The Quiet Hawk (10-4) at Killarney 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl gs in Aug.
Easy Reach (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 8th of 11, 31l behind Haleniya (9-0) at Tramore 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn gf in Aug (flat).
Great Companion (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 6th from 5 out, no extra from 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind The Ice Factor (10-12) at Tramore 2m 3yo mdn hdl gf in Aug.
He Is Top Class (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Towards rear, poor 10th approaching 2 out, soon no impression, 7th of 12, 47l behind Sam Bass (10-12) at Galway 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Hold The Aces 14-1 (10-5) Led and disputed, wandered about 3rd, 2nd from 3 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from before last, 4th of 16, 5l behind Burrenbridge Lodge (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Houdini Bright (USA) 66-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and no extra 3f out, 14th of 19, 23l behind Irish Review (10-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gd in May (flat).
Ilissos (USA) 12-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, closed from 3 out, soon ridden, no impression approaching 2 out, 4th of 11, 38l behind The Ice Factor (10-12) at Tramore 2m 3yo mdn hdl gf in Aug.
Key Account (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Poor visibility in back straight, towards rear, moderate 8th over 3f out, soon no impression, 8th of 12, 26l behind Missy O' Gwaun (9-10) at Tramore 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf in Aug (flat).
One Cool Shabra (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Led from before 2nd, joined before 3 out, soon led again, joined before straight, headed before last, soon dropped to 3rd and no impression, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Sam Bass (10-12) at Galway 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Rattle The Latch (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Towards rear for most, ridden from 4 out, soon no impression, 11th of 16, 29l behind Burrenbridge Lodge (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Why But Why (USA) 5-2fav (10-12) Led and disputed, definite leader from 3 out, reached for last and drifted left run-in, caught near line, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Burrenbridge Lodge (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd in Aug.
High Destiny (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Soon led and clear, awkward jump 4 out, reduced lead and headed 2 out where not fluent, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind The Quiet Hawk (10-4) at Killarney 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl gs in Aug.
Killarney Time (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no impression early straight, went 4th 1f out, kept on under pressure, 4th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Elizabeth Coffee (9-9) at Clonmel 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf (flat).
Mellow Manner (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, kept on one pace, 10th of 18, 8l behind Footcycle (9-5) at Navan 1m 3yo hcp 47-65 gf in Jun (flat).
Bad Cigar (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, 5th over 4f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 6th of 13, 11l behind Whatever It Takes (8-12) at Roscommon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-75 gf in Jul (flat).