Noel Meade won this last year and NED BUNTLINE should repeat the process. A winning bumper and hurdler, he's always looked a potentially useful chaser and everything he's achieved so far has been a bonus. Ballycasey has to be a big threat as he's another likely to make his presence felt over fences and his latest effort, when third in a Grade 1 at the Punchestown Festival, was a superb run. Hit The Headlines hasn't done much wrong over fences as he's run into some decent performers but comes up against two potential stars of the novice ranks, as does Rye Martini.
Back To Balloo (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Mid-division on inner, 12th halfway, no threat from 2 out, 13th of 18, 20l behind Summer Star (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 gs in Mar.
Ballycasey (IRE) Evensfav (11-10) Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd halfway, dropped to 5th on inner 3 out, ridden into 4th entering straight, no impression leaders in 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Morning Assembly (11-10) at Punchestown 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Apr.
Heathfield (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, no impression 4 out, poor 12th entering straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 41l behind The Paparrazi Kid (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft.
Hit The Headlines (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders in 6th, pushed along and no impression after 2 out, left moderate 2nd after last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 6l behind The Shepherd King (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs.
Juan De Gracia (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, trailing after 4 out and well behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Un De Sceaux (11-12) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl hvy in Apr, 10 ran.
Ludo Et Emergo (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Waited with towards rear, progress 3 out, chased leaders from before next, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 15l behind Fahamore (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl hvy in Jan.
Monelissio (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) In rear when badly hampered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Champagne Fever (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs, 10 ran.
Mount Colah (IRE) 9-1 (10-4) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 2 out, weakened, 14th of 20, 35l behind Il Fenomeno (10-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl sft in Apr.
Mr Cosmopolitan (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Soon led, pressed when not fluent 2 out, headed from last and soon no extra in 3rd, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Aerlite Supreme (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Ned Buntline 10-3 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway in 4th 2 out, 3rd entering straight, ridden and no impression before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Mozoltov (11-2) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Princeton Plains (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders in 7th, slight mistake 6th, pushed along and no extra approaching 4 out, weakened, 8th of 10, well behind The Shepherd King (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs.
Rye Martini (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Led, strongly pressed approaching 3 out where not fluent, soon edged right and bumped rival, headed and dropped to 3rd next, no extra, 4th of 7, 21l behind Gold Bullet (11-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs.
Leahs Melody (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) In rear, pushed along away from 1st, never a factor, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind The Job Is Right (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl.