Another small field but again an intriguing contest in store. Art Of Payroll probably has most to do as he only won a Cork maiden narrowly, though he had more in hand than the official verdict suggests. Dalasiri looked a very smart prospect when landing a conditions race at Punchestown when there were several useful performers behind but he couldn't handle the step up to Grade 1 company in France subsequently when DIAKALI produced a brilliant performance to score by seven lengths. Willie Mullins' youngster is engaged in the Morgiana Hurdle next week and should be ready for this. Jessica Harrington wastes no time bringing out Mr Fiftyone after his superb debut success over hurdles at Fairyhouse on Wednesday and he'll have a fitness advantage over his two main rivals.
Diakali (FR) 2-1 (10-7) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f 4yo hdl Grd 1 (1) hvy in Jun beating Ptit Zig (10-7) by 7l, 9 ran.
Dalasiri (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) 8th of 9, well behind Diakali (10-7) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f 4yo hdl Grd 1 (1) hvy in Jun.
Art Of Payroll (GER) 16-1 (11-7) Towards rear, good progress to track leaders 3 out, tending to edge a bit right but gained narrow lead and kept on well run-in, won at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Oct beating Easter Hunt (11-7) by hd, 16 ran.
Mr Fiftyone (IRE) 13-8fav (11-9) Prominent in chasing group, not fluent 3 out, closed from before straight, led from 2 out, pressed last, stayed on well to soon draw clear, won at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft beating Giantofaman (11-4) by 10l, 16 ran.