All eight entries arrive in winning form. Devils Bride has been withdrawn twice in the fast few days so if Willie Mullins lets him go he has to be respected, though he has much more to do than when landing a Limerick maiden. His stablemate Alelchi Inois is progressing nicely and is Ruby's choice so he's on the short-list but the vote goes to CARRIGANOG, who is the only four-year-old and gets allowances. He's won his two starts over timber as he pleased and can take this step up in class in his stride. Lots Of Memories definitely improved when sent over 3m at Cork and may just get outpaced under a penalty so the biggest threat may emerge in the shape of Azorian, who bolted up on his hurdling debut at Cork.
Lots Of Memories (IRE) 7-4 (11-0) Chased leader in 2nd, keen hold to challenge 7th, soon led, clear 4 out, ran around 3 out and slight mistake, ran around again 2 out, in control before last, easily, won at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft beating Horendus Hulabaloo (10-9) by 10l, 6 ran.
Alelchi Inois (FR) 11-10fav (11-10) Led, pressed when quicker jump 2 out, in command at last, driven out to maintain advantage run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft beating Aerlite Supreme (11-10) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Apache Stronghold (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Slight mistake 1st, chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway in 3rd entering straight, ridden to challenge last, stayed on to narrow lead run-in, all out, won at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Oct beating Clonard Lad (11-12) by shd, 21 ran.
Azorian (IRE) 4-5fav (11-12) Made all, jumped left at 4th, jumped left 3 out, asserted before 2 out where slightly left, soon clear, easily, won at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl sft beating Crystal Earth (11-0) by 21l, 14 ran.
Devils Bride (IRE) 4-11fav (11-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd, moved up on outer approaching 4th, improved to dispute lead 5 out, close 2nd before straight travelling well, led before 2 out, ridden to assert before last, stayed on well, won at Limerick 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct beating Focail Maith (11-12) by 6l, 10 ran.
Empire Of Dirt (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Left in lead 1st, pushed along and challenged entering straight, kept on well from last and asserted closing stages, won at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in Oct beating Cebuano (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 15 ran.
Carriganog (IRE) 8-11fav (11-6) Chased leader, slight mistake 4th, 2nd halfway, slight mistake 4 out, led 2 out, pushed out to assert before last, easily, won at Wexford 2m nh nov hdl sft in Oct beating The Cookie Jar (10-7) by 16l, 5 ran.
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, moderate 4th halfway, slight mistake 4 out, closer 3 out, ridden and slight mistake 2 out, stayed on to lead and jumped left last, kept on well run-in, won at Naas 2m mares hcp hdl 8Evens23 beating Good As Gold (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.