Count Brando, a winner between the flags at Oldcastle, avoided the trouble caused by SOME TIKKET when both made their debuts under Rules at Punchestown last May and finished runner-up to Well Read Man. The second-named had attempted to make all and was travelling strongly when hanging badly left and eventually running out. Dermot Weld should have straightened him out and he looks to have the class for this. Patanne started favourite for a modest bumper at Killarney last May but showed little so A Twist Of Fate is a more likely threat. Twice runner-up last summer behind decent performers he'll enjoy the slightly better conditions today and looks sure to go close.
A Twist Of Fate (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden and headway in 7th 2f out, 2nd 1f out, closed on leader inside final furlong, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 17, 2 3/4l behind Celerity Rules (11-7) at Navan 2m N H flat sft in Sep.
Chakisto (FR) 22-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 12, 26l behind Urubu D'irlande (11-0) at Taunton 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Count Brando (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden entering straight, led 1 1/2f out, kept on under pressure, headed final strides, 2nd of 13, hd behind Well Read Man (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 1f 5yo nhf sft in May.
Dorian Bay (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Always behind, trailing from 5f out, completely tailed off, last of 13, well behind Moyle Park (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec.
Dr Nana (IRE) Dr Massini gelding out of Nana Moon.
Dynamo Kid (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, no impression in 7th approaching straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, well behind Kick On Boss (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat sft in Dec.
Fayette County (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Chased leaders in 5th, 4th approaching straight but ridden and no impression from 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 24l behind Azorian (11-13) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat sft in Feb.
Five Hawk Wings (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and no impression from 3f out, 10th of 12, well behind Eight Chimes (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat hvy in Jan.
Leavethelighton (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Rear of mid-division, 7th approaching straight and no impression in 5th under 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 19l behind Azorian (11-13) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat sft in Feb.
My Boy Ivan (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, 10th of 13, well behind City Slicker (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Dec.
Patanne (IRE) 11-10fav (11-7) Led, still appeared to be travelling well 3f out, headed and weakened from under 2f out, 8th of 14, 10l behind Blacklough (11-0) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo nhf gd in May.
Sheer Gold (IRE) Ashkalani gelding out of Sheer Frustration.
Some Tikket (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Led, hung badly left entering straight, dived left and ran out over 1f out, in a race won by Well Read Man (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 1f 5yo nhf sft in May, 13 ran.
Sportsreport (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Ld til jnd 6out, sn wknd, ko bhnd, 5th of 15, well behind Dreamsoftheatre (11-7) at Toomebridge 3m ire ptp hvy in Apr.