Hair Oil Jimmy definitely has the ability to win this but he's refused twice in his last five starts and can hardly be trusted. Griesenau looks one for the future as he will need a test of stamina but may get it here in the heavy ground. Local Celebrity landed a Clonmel bumper in good style but his many followers soon knew their fate when he made his hurdling debut at Cork last month as he was carried out at the first. He looks certain to go well but ROURKE'S CROSS has to be the form pick on his latest effort behind the classy Sous Les Cieux at Fairyhouse as the winner has since gone on to success in a Grade 1 contest. True Character may do best of the remainder.
Craigdalus (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Led, ridden and headed approaching straight, soon no extra and weakened, last of 6, well behind Touch Back (12-0) at Thurles 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
Fair Of Cappamore (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Mid-division, closer in 6th 3 out, soon no impression, 9th of 16, 30l behind Son Of My Heart (11-4) at Sligo 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in May.
Griesenau (IRE) 11-4 (12-0) Chased leader, led after 6f, challenged 5f out, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Koko Lane (11-10) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gs in Oct.
Grove Kid (IRE) Rudimentary gelding out of Cooksgrove Rosie.
Hair Oil Jimmy (IRE) 2-1 (10-11) Soon led and clear, slight mistake 4th, ran out next, in a race won by Better Times (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f mdn hdl hvy in Nov, 18 ran.
Hidden Future (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway in 10th 4f out, 4th under 3f out, ridden 2f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 22l behind Monksland (11-11) at Down Royal 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
Jumbo John (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Towards rear, some headway approaching straight, kept on one pace from 2f out, 9th of 22, 18l behind Shu Lewis (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 1f 5yo nhf gd in May.
Kerrib Castle (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Alw pr, brd 5out, in a race won by Buckers Bridge (12-0) at Maralin 3m ire ptp sft in Nov, 10 ran.
Local Celebrity (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders on inner when badly hampered and carried out at 1st, in a race won by Ballysteen (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Nov, 10 ran.
Martin Cash (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Mid-division, 7th before halfway, no impression and kept on same pace from over 4f out, 6th of 11, 17l behind Blue Bicycle (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
Mooney's Cottage (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Prominent, led after 2f, joined halfway, headed 5f out, ridden 4f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 19l behind Moscow Mannon (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft.
North Farm (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) Rear of mid-division when slipped up before halfway, in a race won by Don Cossack (11-10) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat hvy in Oct, 18 ran.
Regal Warrior (IRE) 10-3 (12-0) Held up, 11th 5f out, 5th 3f out, stayed on well to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Luca Brasi (11-6) at Kilbeggan 2m N H flat gd in Jun '08.
Rourke's Cross (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 4th 5 out, left 3rd 4 out, led 3 out, disputed entering straight, ridden and headed after 2 out, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 7l behind Sous Les Cieux (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
True Character (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, close 3rd 3 out, no extra in 5th approaching last, kept on one pace, 5th of 25, 16l behind Formidableopponent (11-9) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
War (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) 5th of 8, 38l behind Ocean Bright (11-5) at Naas 2m stks in Nov (flat).
Wheresmeneckstrap (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, no extra after 4 out, trailing from before 2 out, last of 25, well behind Grey Soldier (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb '10.
According To Mo (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Rcd 3rd, 2nd 3out, rdn in 2nd last, rallied & ld late, won at Largy 3m ire ptp gd in Apr beating Fayebay (12-0) by hd, 14 ran.
Another Tempest (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Mid-division, 10th halfway, headway into 7th 5f out, ridden in 6th and no impression entering straight, kept on same pace, 6th of 25, 29l behind Golden Ticket (11-11) at Punchestown 2m 1f N H flat gf in May.
Blue Shirt Lily 20-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, completely tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Dr Tommy (11-9) at Kilbeggan 2m N H flat gd in Aug.
Grainne Delight (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Towards rear for most, some late headway, never a factor, 10th of 17, 20l behind Make A Track (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Itsa Passion (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division, 9th over 6f out, no impression under pressure approaching straight, 10th of 16, well behind Sliabh Geal Gcua (11-4) at Limerick 2m 4f mrs N H flat gd in Jul.
Lisdaleen (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Towards rear, moderate 10th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 11th of 14, 24l behind Lisrenny Lady (10-13) at Sligo 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in May.
Lough Roe Lady (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 3f out, 6th under pressure 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 14, 17l behind Monksland (11-11) at Down Royal 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
Shantou Rose (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden in 9th 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 10, 7l behind Mighty Whitey (10-7) at Sligo 2m 4yo nhf gd in May '10.