Willie Mullins won this last year but Bless N'Ject has looked very moderate though he's probably been crying out for this longer trip. Hacketts Folly ran poorly in a Clonmel handicap last time after showing a bit of promise so a chance is taken on the newcomer STAR POWER. Des McDonagh's charge won three races over 2m on the Flat last summer for Jim Bolger, who still owns him, and this trip should prove ideal on his hurdling debut. Rudolf showed some promise at Navan in January and though beaten when odds-on at Kilbeggan subsequently he may have found the trip too short.
About Time Thomas (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Soon chased leaders, lost place and no danger when fell 5 out, in a race won by Thekingofconnemara (11-12) at Cork 3m mdn hdl, 24 ran.
Balmont Flyer (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Ran freely and chased leader in 2nd, challenged before straight, weakened approaching 3 out, 9th of 13, well behind Black Spot On (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl in Mar.
Beechview Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Towards rear, no extra approaching straight, 28th of 30, well behind Sizing Tennessee (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Dec.
Bless N'ject (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, pushed along briefly 6th, some headway from 5 out, ridden along approaching 3 out, no impression when not fluent next, 6th of 15, 21l behind Who Let De Dogsout (10-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar.
Bold Conquest (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Held up, not fluent 5th, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 8th of 22, 13l behind Time For A Pint (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl gd.
Classic Jewel (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Towards rear, mistake 6th, ridden along halfway, mistake 6 out, soon no impression, 12th of 17, well behind Noble Emperor (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl in Apr.
Danesfort 50-1 (11-7) Held up, 7th over 4f out, no impression approaching straight where bumped and rider soon without irons, 8th of 9, 26l behind Aston Cantlow (12-0) at Kilbeggan 2m N H flat gd in Apr.
Expert Opinion (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, 7th after halfway, no impression 2f out, soon no extra, 7th of 12, 18l behind Marinero (12-0) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat gd.
Festival Opera (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 9th of 25, well behind Emperor Of Exmoor (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl in Apr.
Glenfane (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden entering straight, 6th 2f out, no impression, 6th of 9, 22l behind Emerging Talent (12-0) at Naas 2m NH flat in Mar.
Hackets Folly (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, ridden briefly halfway, ridden 6 out, weakened next, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Tooreen (11-8) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Apr, 16 ran.
Hi Chap (IRE) 66-1 (11-9) Soon mid-division, not fluent 5th, badly hampered 3 out, behind when jumped left and not fluent 2 out, kept on same pace, 15th of 22, well behind Time For A Pint (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl gd.
Maya Quest (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Led, joined 4 out and headed next, ridden and no impression in 3rd approaching 2 out, no extra,, 5th of 10, 46l behind Wicklow Gold (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Pay No Heed (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, no danger from before 4 out, 7th of 12, well behind Flaming Dawn (11-12) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Railway Tommy (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Held up, mistakes 7th and 4 out, soon no impression, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Martello Tower (11-12) at Killarney 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Rudolf (IRE) 8-11fav (11-4) Prominent, led 4th, joined next, headed 3 out, not match winner approaching straight, no impression when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Guiding George (11-4) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl gd in Apr.
Saddlers Job (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, pushed along 7th, behind when mistake 4 out, mistake and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Pageboy (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase gd, 14 ran.
Slygufftou (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Twrds rr of mid div, 10th 6out, mod 10th & no ex aftr 4out, 8th of 15, 20l behind Marvellous Moment (12-2) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gs in Apr.
Star Power (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden 4f out, no extra 3f out, 12th of 14, 31l behind Cliff House (8-6) at Tipperary 1m 4f sft in Apr (flat).
The Bright Cherry (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Pr til rdn bef 5out & wknd to rr, pu 4out, in a race won by Coney Choice (12-2) at Largy 3m ire ptp gd, 12 ran.