This excellent prize has attracted a very good field with the reappearance of OUR CONOR eagerly awaited. Dessie Hughes' charge did well on the Flat last summer but really made his mark when sent over timber winning the juvenile championship events at Cheltenham and Punchestown in superb style. Running off a mark of 84 here, he's impossible to oppose despite the strength of the opposition. Ancient Sands enters the fray in superb form having followed his victory over hurdles at Ballinrobe with further successes at Dundalk and the Curragh. He's gone up 8lb for that latter success but can run with a 5lb penalty and his young rider can use his claim. Stony Grey is also in top form though he's 10lb higher than for his Navan victory while Marchese Marconi ran a tremendous race in last week's Irish Cesarewitch.
Shamar (FR) (8-13) 5th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Prince D'alienor (9-4) at Longchamp(FR) 1m con stks gs in Oct '11.
Vastonea (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Prominent, 3rd over 1f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 5l behind Beacon Lodge (9-8) at Tipperary 7f hcp 60-100.
Marchese Marconi (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden into 8th 1 1/2f out, stayed on to challenge final furlong, 3rd close home and went 2nd on line, 2nd of 30, 1 1/2l behind Montefeltro (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp gd.
Show Court (IRE) 11-4fav (10-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along 3f out, ridden in 4th 2f out, no extra in 5th 1f, kept on one pace, 7th of 9, 8l behind Jazz Girl (9-0) at Killarney 1m 3f hcp gd in Aug.
Plinth (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, 14th halfway, ridden entering straight, kept on one paced, 9th of 18, 7l behind Pique Sous (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Ancient Sands (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, smooth headway to lead under 2f out, ridden inside final furlong and kept on well, won at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd beating Little Arrows (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 22 ran.
One Fine Day (IRE) 11-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression over 2f out, last of 16, 16l behind Valbucca (8-11) at Navan 1m 2f fll hcp 60-90 in May.
Wandering Star 7-1 (9-9) Mid-division, 7th halfway, pushed along into 5th 3f out, ridden and closed in 4th 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo fll stks gd in Sep beating Global Reach (8-11) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Safe Home (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Waited with, 7th approaching straight, no impression under pressure on outer from over 1f out, kept on without threatening inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Time For Action (9-9) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp gd in Sep.
Our Conor (IRE) 4-1fav (8-4) Mid-division on inner, 6th and headway before straight, 4th under 2f out, moderate 3rd and no impression final furlong, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Inis Meain (9-0) at Listowel 1m 1f hcp hvy in Sep '12.
Stony Grey (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Prominent, 3rd and ridden 2f out, disputed lead 1 1/2f out, led under 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80 beating Zip Wire (9-11) by 1 1/4l, 18 ran.
Twilight Zone (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th into straight, soon no extra, last of 7, 20l behind Sugar Boy (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 1f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Nov.
Cest Notre Gris (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon no impression, never a factor, 17th of 22, 15l behind Campanology (10-0) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Sep.
Polished Rock (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 5th approaching straight, ridden into 2nd 1f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, dropped to 3rd on line, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Ancient Sands (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-85 pol.
Tri Na Ceile (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) A bit awkward out of stalls, prominent, close up from 5f out, led approaching straight, headed and kept on without matching winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Time For Action (9-9) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp gd in Sep.
Tonabrocky (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Made all, ridden from 2f out, strongly pressed by only challenger 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Navan 1m 2f 3yo mdn beating Deep Speed (9-5) by 3/4l, 18 ran.
Stocktons Wing (IRE) 7-1 (10-1) In rear, last halfway, ridden over 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 17, 11l behind Dysios (9-1) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80.
Stronger Than Me (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden entering straight, moderate 13th 2f out, progress on outer over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Barack (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 1f hcp gd in Sep.
Zip Wire (IRE) 11-4fav (9-11) Mid-division on outer, ridden in 8th 2f out, went 4th 1f out, kept on well to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Stony Grey (9-7) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80.