Arklow Ger had over four lengths in hand of Askmeroe over this trip at Fairyhouse last time but isn't certain to confirm the form on 5lb worse terms. Willie Mullins has won this three times in the past six years and the lightly-raced and progressive KILLULTAGH QUEEN is taken to add to his tally on her handicap debut. Stepped up to 2m6f for the first time at Ballinrobe, she made short work of her rivals and looks one to follow from this mark. Nicky Henderson's Shakalakaboomboom has performed with credit at Cheltenham and Aintree and the handicapper has dropped him 3lb but the main threat could come from Beautiful Sound, who was a strong fancy for the Byrne Group Handicap at Cheltenham and ran a fair race behind Holmwood Legend. The veteran Hold The Pin is in great form and is another to consider in one of the meeting's toughest events.
Equus Maximus (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Prominent, 3rd halfway, close up when slight mistake 5 out, mistake and lost place next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Bluesea Cracker (10-3) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs hvy in Apr '10, 26 ran.
Whatuthink (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, 11th halfway, no extra from 3 out, 13th of 25, 45l behind Organisedconfusion (9-13) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f Ext hcp ch gd in Apr.
Shakervilz (FR) 14-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, some headway 4 out, no impression and kept on one pace from 2 out, 7th of 25, 18l behind Organisedconfusion (9-13) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f Ext hcp ch gd in Apr.
Sarteano (FR) 25-1 (9-10) Mid-division when brought down 4th, in a race won by Organisedconfusion (9-13) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f Ext hcp ch gd in Apr, 25 ran.
Chasing Cars (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and some headway before 2 out, no impression, 9th of 30, 29l behind Always Waining (10-4) at Aintree 2m 5f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Apr.
Shakalakaboomboom (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Held up mid-division, headway before 12th, chased leaders next, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 30, 27l behind Always Waining (10-4) at Aintree 2m 5f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Apr.
Beautiful Sound (IRE) 9-2fav (10-6) Held up in rear, outpaced when hampered 4 out, ridden and headway after next, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd flat, never reached leading pair, 3rd of 20, 5l behind Holmwood Legend (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Taking Stock (IRE) 5-1fav (10-9) Held up in rear, good headway on inner when short of room approaching last, switched left and went 4th at last where slight mistake, kept on under pressure run-in, 3rd of 16, 8l behind Marlay Park (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Apr.
Ambobo (USA) 25-1 (9-11) Held up in rear of mid-division, headway after halfway, went 3rd after 3 out, ridden and no extra from 2 out, 8th of 25, 18l behind Organisedconfusion (9-13) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f Ext hcp ch gd in Apr.
Got Attitude (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead 4 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no extra run-in, 5th of 16, 11l behind Carrigmartin (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Feb.
Hold The Pin (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Soon mid-division, progress to track leaders after 3 out, 2nd and challenged 2 out, switched to inner and gained narrow lead when left clear last, stayed on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-123 gd in Apr beating Guts For Garters (10-4) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Wins Now 12-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway in 8th before straight, ridden into 6th before 2 out, no extra in 9th 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 16, 16l behind Golden Kite (9-11) at Limerick 3m Ext hcp chs (1) gd in Oct.
Killultagh Queen (IRE) 9-10fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, keen hold, travelling best from before 2 out where led, quickly clear, stayed on well,very easily, won at Ballinrobe 2m 6f beg chase gd in Apr beating Rickardstown (11-12) by 9l, 12 ran.
Swift Counsel (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Raced mainly in 3rd, challenged straight, no impression under pressure in 2nd and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Roberto Goldback (11-9) at Cork 3m lst chs (1) gd in Apr.
Arklow Ger (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching straight, good progress to go 2nd 2 out, led before last, soon clear and stayed on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 gd in Apr beating Askmeroe (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 18 ran.
Carrigmartin (IRE) 5-2fav (9-13) Held up towards rear, still rear but in touch 4 out, no impression in 9th 2 out, eased when beaten run-in, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Scotsirish (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f Ext hcp ch gd.
C'est Ca 7-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders mainly 3rd, went 2nd before 3 out and soon challenged, disputed at last, soon led and driven out to assert, won at Navan 2m 4f beg chase hvy in Feb beating Doc O'Donnell (11-12) by 8l, 16 ran.
Hangover (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Prominent, 3rd halfway, 6th 4 out, no extra after next, weakened, 11th of 18, well behind Arklow Ger (11-0) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 gd in Apr.
Bella Mana Mou (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Made virtually all, strongly pressed from 2 out, kept on well under pressure run-in, all out and just held on, won at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl sft in Mar beating Martin Scruff (10-2) by shd, 16 ran.
No Panic (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Mid-division, hit 15th, headway 17th, losing place when mistake 23rd, tailed off, 10th of 28, well behind Beshabar (10-4) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Askmeroe (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Settled towards rear, steady headway from halfway, 7th approaching straight, went 3rd 2 out, no chance with winner from before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 4 1/2l behind Arklow Ger (11-0) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 gd in Apr.
By The Hour (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Chased leaders early, 10th halfway, 7th 6 out, ridden into 3rd entering straight, close up last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 16, 5l behind Carrigmartin (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Feb.
Curragh Grey (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Close up, led approaching 6th, headed and no extra from before last, 9th of 17, 20l behind Allee Garde (11-5) at Gowran Park 3m hdl gd in Apr.
Kyle's Turn (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, driven along from 2 out, challenged at last, stayed on best between horses on run-in to lead closing stages, won at Navan 2m 4f beg chase sft in Mar beating Mr Nosie (11-12) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Would You Do That (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and weakened entering straight, 11th of 19, 38l behind Abbey Glen (11-11) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-95 in Apr.
Smoking Aces (IRE) 11-1 (10-3) Mid-division, 7th 3 out, moderate 6th next, kept on one pace under pressure without threatening, 5th of 13, 18l behind Wicklow Lad (9-8) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
The Hard Hat (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, 7th approaching 4 out, closed next, led after last, soon strongly pressed, stayed on best close home, won at Wexford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 in Apr beating Warhead (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Doc O'donnell (IRE) 10-3fav (11-9) Chased leaders, closer in 2nd approaching 4 out, on terms next, narrow leader 2 out, joined again last, dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind China Goes Green (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Apr.