Boston Bob is making his way back after his two falls in the spring in championship races at Cheltenham and here. He may have won the RSA at Cheltenham but for a last-fence tumble and Ruby Walsh has chosen him over MOURAD. But the latter is a high-class staying hurdler who generally just falls short of top grade and, though he hasn't run since the French Champion Hurdle of last year, he should be ready to do himself justice and gets the nod. Rivage D'Or is another useful chaser making his way back after a long absence while both Ballybogey and Un Beau Matin are penalised and face stiff tasks. Klepht has never raced over hurdles though he did land the Grade A Guiness Handicap Chase at the Festival here in April.
Ballybogey (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, led 2 out, soon ridden, pressed last, driven out, won at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Apr beating Discovery Bay (11-6) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Un Beau Matin (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) In rear early, mid-division at 5th, 7th 5 out, soon ridden, 7th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Vics Canvas (10-5) at Navan 2m 7f in Nov, 16 ran.
Boston Bob (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, slightly adrift from halfway, closer in 6th but plenty to do when fell 3 out, in a race won by Mount Benbulben (11-10) at Punchestown 3m 1f nov chs G1 (1) sft in Apr, 8 ran.
Klepht (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Settled towards rear, 12th 3 out and some headway into 8th before next, no impression from early straight and kept on one pace, 6th of 22, 21l behind Carlingford Lough (10-7) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs sft in Jul.
Mourad (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) 4th of 12, 7l behind Thousand Stars (10-10) at Auteuil(FR) 3m 1f hdl G1 sft in Jun '12.
Rivage D'Or (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 4th before 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 4th of 6, 35l behind Cristal Bonus (11-10) at Down Royal 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) gs in Nov '12.
Whodoyouthink (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Led, headed 5th, pushed along in 7th after halfway and towards rear 3 out, under pressure and kept on one pace in straight, 13th of 21, 48l behind Courage (10-1) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft.