Willie Mullins had several high-class entries for this and has chosen the race to reintroduce MIKAEL D'HAGUENET to fences. A brilliant novice hurdler, he never appeared to recover from a last-fence fall when making his debut for the yard over the bigger obstacles at Fairyhouse two years ago. He did produce a couple of decent efforts and hopefully can start fulfilling his enormous potential. Mount Benbulben, a Grade 2 winner over timber, is a big threat as he made a reasonable debut over fences over what was undoubtedly a trip too short at Naas. That looked a very hot event and with improvement virtually guaranteed he will make his presence felt this season. Useful hurdler Best Served Cold made a fair start over fences at Galway but gives the impression a longer trip would suit and though El Fontan has been going well he's now had 11 starts over fences and looks vulnerable.
As De Pique (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th 4 out, no impression, 7th of 11, 39l behind Benefficient (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gd.
Battle Bound (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, headway into 3rd before 4 out, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra in 6th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 19, 25l behind Eight Is My Number (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Apr '11.
Best Served Cold 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 7th approaching 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 5l behind Lyreen Legend (11-10) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Oct.
Dear Boss (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no impression from 5 out, 7th of 16, 45l behind Sraid Padraig (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft in Oct.
El Fontan (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, slight mistake 5 out, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, 2nd and kept on under pressure from before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Benefficient (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gd.
Liszt (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Hampered 1st, rear of mid-division, closer in 6th 5 out, ridden and no impression 3 out, 6th of 11, 31l behind Benefficient (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gd.
Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 16-1 (10-3) 13th of 18, 15l behind Thousand Stars (10-12) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f Grd 2 hdl sft in May.
Mount Benbulben (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway entering straight and 2nd 2 out, no impression in 4th early run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Jenari (11-11) at Naas 2m beg chs sft in Oct.
Paddy The Stout (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, 50l behind Oscars Well (11-12) at Punchestown 2m beg chs sft in Oct.
Sword Fish (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, kept on same pace from 5 out, 11th of 16, 36l behind Tillahow (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chs.
Boss Croaker (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, well off the pace from 6 out, moderate 5th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 4th of 7, 42l behind Dedigout (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs hvy.
Katnap (FR) (11-4) 9th of 18, well behind Katkeau (10-12) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f hcp hdl hvy in Jun.