ALPHA AND OMEGA had only shown moderate form before slamming his rivals at Cork for which he's been raised 11lb. That shouldn't be enough to prevent a quick follow-up though Luke's Benefit, who was well behind, is better than that and should get closer. Montel was making his handicap debut when just touched off by Danequest at Limerick so a 6lb rise doesn't look excessive but Oscar Fiain has been beaten a long way despite being placed in his last two starts. Hop In has shown potential though hasn't run for almost a year while The Hamptons is better than his form figures suggest.
Point The Toes (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Mid-division when hampered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Tabhachtach (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd, 17 ran.
Wooly Tom (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Held up in touch in inner, ridden 3 out, no impression, 8th of 12, 26l behind Sammy Black (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Mar.
Alpha And Omega (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Waited with, improved from 4 out, 5th before straight, closed to challenge going well from 3 out, on terms and not fluent next, soon led, clear before last, stayed on well run-in, easily, won at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gd beating Top Spin (11-3) by 7l, 12 ran.
Run 'N' Jump (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Mid-division and 9th halfway, headway to go 3rd 2 out, ridden and no impression approaching last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 17, 10l behind Tabhachtach (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd.
Luke's Benefit (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Prominent, moderate 3rd approaching 6 out, ridden from 4 out, 7th before straight where raced towards outer, soon no impression, 7th of 12, 31l behind Alpha And Omega (10-3) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gd.
Montrel 5-2fav (11-3) Chased leaders, 6th before 6 out, not fluent 4 out, closer in 2nd going well approaching straight, ridden to lead before 2 out, soon joined, headed and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Danequest (11-3) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Lascalahall (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear, no impression from 3 out, behind entering straight, pulled up before last, in a race won by Followmeuptocarlow (10-2) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gs in Apr, 24 ran.
Black Zero (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 7th before 6 out, no impression from before straight, 10th of 13, 21l behind Danequest (11-3) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Oscar Fiain (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, some headway into 8th 2 out, switched right and went 5th before last, kept on run-in but no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 22, 10l behind Peter From Paris (11-9) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl.
The Hamptons (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Towards rear when hampered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Ancient Sands (11-10) at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Sep, 16 ran.
Mark Me Up 10-1 (11-5) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, 2nd 3 out, ridden and no extra 2 out, weakened, completely tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Usa (11-5) at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Apr.
Hop In (IRE) 9-4 (10-11) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight, stayed on to 2nd before last where slight mistake, no impression winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Grange (11-8) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Rafi De Triana (FR) 9-4fav (11-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 3 out, no extra in 5th entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 16, 12l behind Fitzgutentyte (11-4) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Apr.
Spacious Sky (USA) 25-1 (10-13) A bit slow to get going, towards rear for most, never a factor, 10th of 18, 31l behind Quick Jack (10-13) at Listowel 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 in Sep.
Dayrina (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Chased leaders early, lost place before 3rd and mid-division, no impression from 3 out, 11th of 19, 16l behind King Of Oriel (11-2) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf.
Cave Artist (IRE) 11-1 (10-8) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no threat in straight, 8th of 12, 27l behind Clancy Strand (10-12) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Aug '12.