It's hard to imagine a more wide-open affair but TOFINO BAY won this as a novice last year and, though hit hard in the ratings and a faller on his reappearance, he's given the nod to complete the double. Colbert Station was trained for the Grand National last year where he fell but AP McCoy is on board again and Ted Walsh's stayer must be respected despite his weight. Jamsie Hall arrives in tremendous shape having scored at Aintree having run very well on his previous start behind the in-form Double Seven at Limerick while Mad Brian was a smart novice last season and made a very pleasing reappearance over a trip too short. Willie Mullins' pair Sweet My Lord and Rockyaboya are well enough weighted to get involved along with Goonyella, who won a marathon handicap at the Punchestown Festival in April.
Colbert Station (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Settled towards rear, not fluent 3 out and pushed along in 10th early straight, no extra, 10th of 14, 23l behind Courtncatcher (10-12) at Naas 2m 4f in Oct.
Tofino Bay (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Led, mistake and headed 5th, ridden in 3rd 3 out, no extra in 6th next where fell, in a race won by Rolling Aces (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) sft, 7 ran.
Raz De Maree (FR) 11-2 (11-3) Waited with, ridden to chase leaders 4 out, challenged and every chance from 2 out, left with advantage and stayed on well from last, won at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150 in Nov '12 beating Bundle Of Fun (10-2) by 9l, 17 ran.
Jamsie Hall (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Held up, headway going well 13th, challenged 2 out, soon led, driven and pressed flat, all out, won at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct beating Pigeon Island (11-4) by nk, 7 ran.
Muirhead (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Soon prominent on outer, chasing clear leader, a bit slow 7th, lost place and not fluent when beaten 3 out, no extra, 13th of 15, well behind Double Seven (11-4) at Limerick 3m gd in Oct.
Shot From The Hip (GER) 7-1 (11-3) Chased leaders on inner, a little left at 8th, not fluent 6 out, ridden in 6th from 3 out, wide straight, drifted a bit left before 2 out and at last, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 9l behind Double Seven (11-4) at Limerick 3m gd in Oct.
Goonyella (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Waited with towards rear, improved to track leaders on outer approaching straight, challenged and every chance final furlong, not match winner and kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Count Salazar (10-13) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Oct.
Mad Brian (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased clear leader and 5th halfway, pushed along to go 3rd before 3 out, no impression next where pecked on landing, kept on under pressure to close last, no impression final 50 yards, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Decade Player (10-0) at Down Royal 2m hcp chs.
Panther Claw (IRE) 7-2fav (10-10) Always prominent, disputed early and 3rd halfway, ridden entering straight and 4th 2 out, no impression before last and no extra run-in, 6th of 19, 9l behind Goonyella (10-0) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Apr.
Sweet My Lord (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 3rd approaching straight, attempted to challenge from before last, soon no impression, kept on without matching 1st 2 run-in, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind He'llberemembered (10-9) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl gd in Oct.
Tom Horn (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Mid-division, pushed along in 7th 4 out, ridden into 5th 3 out, no impression before next, 5th of 17, 25l behind Sword Fish (9-7) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150 sft.
Cross Appeal (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Soon tracked leaders, 7th approaching 7th, no extra 4 out and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Carrig Millie (9-11) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-150 hvy in Apr, 14 ran.
Sole Witness (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, pushed along in 8th after 4 out and no threat from 2 out, 9th of 20, 25l behind The King Of Brega (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102.
Cootamundra (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Waited with in behind leaders, soon last of the 4, 3rd from 5 out, dropped to last again final fence, no extra and kept on same pace run-in, last of 4, 8l behind Owega Star (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f nov chs gd in Oct.
Carrig Millie (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Held up, mainly 4th, dropped to 5th approaching 5 out, no impression next, weakened, last of 6, well behind Double Seven (11-5) at Wexford 2m 6f lst chs (1) sft in Oct.
Glenquest (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Soon disputed lead, led before 3 out, headed last, dropped to 7th approaching straight, soon no impression, 7th of 14, 30l behind Count Salazar (10-13) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Oct.
Rockyaboya (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, some headway into 8th 4 out, ridden into 6th 3 out, no impression in moderate 4th next, kept on one pace, 4th of 17, 12l behind Sword Fish (9-7) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150 sft.
Pass The Hat 16-1 (10-7) Settled in mid-division, 6th halfway, pushed along and no impression in 8th before last, kept on run-in without troubling leaders, 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Courtncatcher (10-12) at Naas 2m 4f in Oct.
Please Talk (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) In rear, under pressure from 8th, pulled up after next, in a race won by Panther Claw (11-6) at Navan 3m nov chs hvy in Mar, 16 ran.
Living Next Door (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Waited with towards rear, improved into 4th approaching straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 14l behind Count Salazar (10-13) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Oct.