A fascinating renewal, featuring the return to action of the Grand Annual winner Alderwood, who was beaten by today's rival Special Tiara on faster ground at Aintree subsequently. The pair are certain to make their mark this campaign but both were behind OSCARS WELL when the latter finished runner-up in the Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown, form that could be good enough for this. Jessica Harrington's charge had found 2m4f beyond him when beaten by Realt Mor at Fairyhouse earlier and can take his revenge over this trip. Twinlight will need to raise his game but there's every chance he will do so this season and is another to contend with.
Realt Mor (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders on outer, 4th and effort 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Arvika Ligeonniere (11-10) at Punchestown 2m nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Apr, 9 ran.
Special Tiara 10-1 (11-10) Led, headed 4 out, ridden from next, no extra in 3rd straight, 3rd of 9, 33l behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-10) at Punchestown 2m nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Apr.
Sweeney Tunes 8-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and dropped towards rear 3 out, no extra, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Madam Bovary (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 5f nov chs hvy in Apr, 14 ran.
Twinlight (FR) 8-1 (11-10) Made most, joined from 3 out, strongly pressed from 2 out, narrowly headed briefly and ridden before last, rallied to lead early flat, stayed on well close home, won at Punchestown 2m hcp chs hvy in Apr beating Far Away So Close (10-11) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Alderwood (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Held up, niggled along halfway, no impression from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Arvika Ligeonniere (11-10) at Punchestown 2m nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Apr, 9 ran.
Oscars Well (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden in 2nd, no impression on winner from last, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-10) at Punchestown 2m nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Apr.
Dylan Ross (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Tracked leader in close 2nd, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened quickly, dropped to remote 3rd 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 5, well behind Un Beau Roman (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hdl gd in Aug.