Six of the eleven runners arrive in winning form. False Economy showed just what a smart hurdler he is when beating Un Beau Roman comfortably at Limerick last week while Far Away So Close reverts to hurdling on a 9lb lower mark than over fences though he only had one rivals to beat at Limerick. The assessor had a difficult task with CITY SLICKER, who landed a maiden in emphatic style here in May and could have been let in lightly so is given the verdict. Bishopslough is rated just 2lb lower than the selection and wasn't quite as impressive at Thurles while Alpha And Omega has been raised 7lb for beating the maiden Hop In by a head at Naas.
False Economy (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up in last early, 4th from 4th, headway into 2nd entering straight, pushed out to lead before last, kept on strongly run-in, comfortably, won at Limerick 2m hdl beating Un Beau Roman (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Far Away So Close (IRE) 1-5 (11-5) won at Limerick 2m 3f chs Grd 3 (1) gd in Oct beating New Phase (10-10) by 42l, 2 ran.
Dysios (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Chased leaders mainly 3rd, ridden and no chance with easy winner from early straight, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 33l behind Miley Shah (10-11) at Punchestown 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Oct '12.
City Slicker (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead entering straight, mistake last and pushed out briefly, soon in command, easily, won at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in May beating Asitsohappens (11-12) by 7l, 25 ran.
Courtly Conduct (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along 2 out and no extra in 5th approaching last, weakened, last of 5, 24l behind Jezki (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hdl G2 (1).
The Four Elms (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Mid-division, dropped behind 4 out, weakened straight, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Mount Colah (11-0) at Navan 2m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Bishopslough (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Soon raced in moderate 3rd, in pursuit of clear leader in 2nd after 4 out, closed approaching straight, led 2 out, ridden clear from before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m gd in Oct beating Rough Justice (11-12) by 2l, 16 ran.
Alpha And Omega (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Settled in mid-division, mistake 2nd, 7th halfway, good headway between horses to lead after 2 out, ridden and kept on run-in, all out to hold on close home, won at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Oct beating Hop In (10-10) by hd, 15 ran.
Never Enough Time (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Towards rear when mistake 5th, pulled up after, in a race won by Cry For The Moon (9-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl sft in May, 18 ran.
Bendanella (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Led and disputed early, led, 4th, challenged before 3 out, ridden entering straight, kept on well under pressure, won at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Oct beating Der Kaiser (11-4) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Ebazan (USA) 14-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, closer halfway and 3rd approaching straight, ridden 2 out and no impression in 8th when mistake last, 8th of 18, 10l behind Spacious Sky (10-2) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-116.