After landing a point-to-point at Boulta in November, Clonbanan Lad completed a double in bumpers before failing in the championship bumpers at Cheltenham and here. He's had a break and changed stables but looks a nice prospect. Dani Catalonia won a Tramore bumper in heavy ground in August but ran poorly on his hurdling debut at Listowel last month. He'll need to do much better here and it's OPERATING who is handed the vote. Jessica Harrington's charge did well to win a bumper here in May as his pedigree is all about jumping. He'll stay further in time but this looks a decent opportunity to make a winning start over timber. Jumbo John ran well here in February but disappointed when fancied on his reappearance at Fairyhouse.
Black Streak (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Towards rear for most, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Benevolent (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl.
Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no extra 4f out, weakened, 7th of 10, well behind Champagne Fever (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat G1 (1) hvy in Apr.
College Boy (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division, closer in 4th 3 out, dropped to 6th entering straight, no impression, 8th of 17, well behind Tristram Shandy (11-12) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft in Jun.
Courtly Conduct (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway to 2nd 4f out, ridden 2f out, no impression leader 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Yes Tom (11-11) at Down Royal 2m N H flat sft in Dec '09.
Gallant Oscar (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division on outer, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 9th of 14, 24l behind Rule The World (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Jumbo John (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 8th approaching 5 out, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 7th of 12, well behind Skibabe (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Matsukaze (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division best, ridden and no impression entering straight, moderate 12th last, kept on one pace, 11th of 22, 29l behind Passage Vendome (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Merton View (IRE) Turtle Island gelding out of Garrshella.
Operating (IRE) 4-7fav (11-9) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway to challenge 2f out, ridden to narrow lead 1f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong and drifted left under pressure, won at Punchestown 2m 1f N H flat in May beating Jennies Jewel (11-0) by 1l, 9 ran.
All Seasons (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Prominent, under pressure over 4f out, no extra under 3f out, virtually pulled up, completely tailed off, last of 10, well behind Cullentry Royal (11-7) at Sligo 2m 2f 4yo nhf gd in May.
Summers King (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up, moderate 5th halfway, no impression from 4 out, 8th of 9, well behind Sizing Rio (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.
Twotwentyyards (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway into moderate 5th 4f out, ridden in 6th 3f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 38l behind Rory O'Moore (11-10) at Tipperary 2m N H flat hvy.
Dani Catalonia (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Mid-division best, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Truckin All Night (11-9) at Listowel 2m mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Kickhams Rakti (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, never a factor, 15th of 18, well behind Pique Sous (11-12) at Thurles 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo).