DEDIGOUT won four of his five starts over hurdles last season, culminating in a victory in the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle at The Festival here in April. He's already been placed in a point-to-point so fences shouldn't be a problem and he's likely to go off at shorts odds today. Knockgraffon King, placed in a Listed hurdle at Clonmel in February, is definitely one for the future but Beeverstown's record under Rules leaves a lot to be desired, though he has won between the flags. Mattara looks the pick of the remainder but they are unlikely to figure unless something befalls the market leaders.
Beeverstown (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Towards rear for most, never a factor, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Howryafeelin (10-11) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Feb, 13 ran.
Dedigout (IRE) 10-3 (11-10) Settled towards rear, 6th halfway, ridden along in 4th entering straight, headway to dispute last and soon led, stayed on well under pressure run-in, won at Punchestown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Apr beating Colour Squadron (11-10) by 2l, 8 ran.
Happy New Year (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 10th of 13, well behind Oscars Well (11-12) at Punchestown 2m beg chs sft in Oct.
Knockgraffon King (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Close up and led and disputed at stages, in front 4 out, headed before straight, soon no impression in 3rd, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 22l behind Folsom Blue (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 6f lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) hvy in Feb.
Mattara (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra in 6th after 2 out, left moderate 5th last, 5th of 14, 22l behind Klepht (11-12) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs gd in Oct.
Take The Ban (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, completely tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Sweeney Tunes (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs in Oct.
Boss Croaker (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Never a factor, tailed off, 9th of 16, well behind Sweeney Tunes (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs in Oct.
Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Awkward jump 2nd, soon lost place, reminders 4th, no extra and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Days Ahead (11-11) at Tramore 2m beg chs sft in Oct, 14 ran.