This has been run five times and Noel Meade has won three of them. Paul Carberry takes the ride on SILVERHAND here and looks to have made the correct choice over stablemate Johannisberger. The former, five times a winner over hurdles, ran well in both starts over fences in May and made a winning reappearance back over hurdles at Galway a couple of weeks ago. He looks a chaser to follow this season but may get a real test here if Tofino Bay takes to the bigger obstacles. Dessie Hughes' charge has scored between the flags, in a bumper and twice over hurdles and his close second to Get Me Out Of Here in a Fairyhouse Grade 2 over timber in April signalled that he is a horse going places. He's Our Man is another very useful hurdler making his debut over fences and the youngster Up For The Match looks just the type John Kiely does so well with so he's one to keep an eye on.
Aces And Kings (IRE) 18-1 (11-5) Towards rear early, progress from 5th, in front from 9th, clear with winner when fell 5 out, in a race won by Sin Palo (11-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f beg chase sft in Jun, 14 ran.
Anoosou (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Waited with towards rear, improved 4 out, soon tracked leaders, 3rd 2 out, chased winner last, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 9l behind Rawnaq (11-9) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 in Aug.
Arkmore Vallee (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Soon well off pace in mid-division, ridden from 6 out, poor 12th and no extra from 5 out, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Alf Wright (11-7) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Aug.
Bay Of Kotor (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, 14th of 15, 37l behind House Rules (11-12) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs sft in Aug.
Breeze With Ease (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Soon well off the pace in mid-division, closer in 8th approaching 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 11th of 15, 32l behind Claragh Native (11-10) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
He's Our Man (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Soon chased leaders, 6th into straight, kept on same pace under pressure from before 2 out, 9th of 15, 16l behind Baily Green (10-9) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl sft.
Killcara Boy 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 4th last, improved to dispute entering straight, ridden and headed early straight, no extra and kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 9l behind Weslife (11-7) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs sft.
Serein (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th before straight, no extra from before 2 out, 8th of 15, 34l behind Ploopluck Bridge (10-5) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Jul.
Silverhand (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Held up in last, 4th 3 out, closer travelling well in 3rd entering straight, challenged last, ridden to lead run-in, comfortably, won at Galway 2m 4f hdl sft beating Tornedo Shay (11-2) by 1l, 5 ran.
Take The Ban (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Prominent, 4th halfway, 3rd early straight, no extra from over 1f out, 6th of 22, 11l behind Giant's Quest (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat gd in May '11.
Tofino Bay (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Prominent and disputed lead, led 4 out, asserted before last and clear early run-in, ridden and reduced advantage closing stages, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Apr beating Turban (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Johannisberger (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Settled mid-division, headway in 7th before straight, pushed along into 3rd 2 out where slight mistake, ridden to lead last, soon asserted run-in, comfortably, won at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl sft in Aug beating Zadarska (11-12) by 6l, 18 ran.
Up For The Match (IRE) 3-1fav (10-5) Soon mid-division, 9th 3 out, kept on same pace from before straight, 6th of 18, 21l behind Drive Time (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Why But Why (USA) 14-1 (10-11) Held up, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th and no impression home bend, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 16l behind Whatever It Takes (10-5) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo hcp hdl in Aug.