Tony Martin complicates matters by saddling both Bog Warrior and Salute Him with preference for the former, a winning bumper and hurdler from just three starts and looking a real chasing type. Classy hurdler Aitmatov is approaching his eleventh birthday which is a little late to be starting a career over fences but he's won 13 races in his career and is no forlorn hope. Baily Green wasn't far behind Monastrell at Naas and will appreciate the longer trip while winning point-to-pointer and bumper Flemenstar should find fences to his liking and is on the short-list. MACKEYS FORGE didn't get involved when making his chasing bow at Wexford but that will have done him good and he did enough in bumpers and over timber to suggest this should be his game.
Aitmatov (GER) 16-1 (11-8) Led, headed before 3rd, dropped to rear and weakened before 4 out, 8th of 9, 21l behind Shinrock Paddy (11-10) at Naas 2m 3f hdl Gr3 (1) in Jan.
Auenschutze (GER) 8-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, left 6th 5 out, ridden and no impression 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by King Of Redfield (11-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f beg chase gf in Jun, 14 ran.
Baily Green (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, headway to dispute before 3 out, headed and dropped to 3rd early straight, ridden from before last, no impression run-in, 4th of 13, 5l behind Monastrell (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chs hvy in Oct.
Bog Warrior (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Held up in rear, good headway on outer approaching straight, challenged from 3 out, led after next, driven out and kept on well run-in, won at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar beating Eyre Apparent (11-7) by 4l, 23 ran.
Flemenstar (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 6l behind Lambro (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Mackeys Forge (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Reduced visibility, mid-division, squeezed for room after 7 out, 7th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before next, 5th of 13, 32l behind Donnas Palm (11-12) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs sft in Oct.
Mylerstown (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Four Commanders (11-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs sft.
Ned Of The Hill (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Rear of mid-division, moderate 6th approaching 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 9l behind Monastrell (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chs hvy in Oct.
Oconnells Pike (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Towards rear on outer, headway into 6th 4f out, soon ridden, no impression straight, 5th of 16, 8l behind Pretty Valira (11-9) at Clonmel 2m N H flat gf in Jun '09.
Portrait King (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 3rd, 4th 6 out, lost place after 3 out, moderate 6th into straight, kept on same pace without threatening, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Prince Of Milan (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Salute Him (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, moderate 8th early straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 17l behind Monastrell (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chs hvy in Oct.
Spot The Boss (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, bumped by rival and hampered and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Rubert (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chs sft, 15 ran.
Tadhg (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway in 6th 3 out, 3rd entering straight, ridden to challenge 2 out, no extra before last, 7th of 16, 16l behind Nearest The Pin (10-6) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Apr.
Talab 14-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, last of 15, well behind Lismakeery (11-12) at Wexford 2m 1f beg chs sft in Oct.
Brega Queen (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Towards rear, no danger approaching 4 out, kept on, mistake last, 7th of 14, 40l behind Shop Dj (10-10) at Thurles 2m 2f Mares Chase (5yo+) gd in Oct.
Devon Native (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, moderate 7th 5 out, left moderate 6th 4 out, left moderate 4th from 3 out, no impression on leaders straight, onepaced, 3rd of 15, 13l behind Rubert (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chs sft.
Fearnwood Girl (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, slight mistake 6th, soon no extra and weakened, tailed off, last of 13, dis behind King's Parade (9-13) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl in Oct.
The Tallyman (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, no extra after 3 out, weakened, 20th of 22, well behind Wither Hills (11-9) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.
Mean What You Say (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, no threat from 4 out, 12th of 13, well behind Monastrell (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chs hvy in Oct.