Triple bumper winner Donatis Comet made a decent start over hurdles behind Gentleman Duke here a couple of weeks ago and looks certain to get competitive though a penalty makes life tough. Strategic Bid hasn't done as well as expected but he's produced his best form on soft ground and his close second to Starkie in a big field at Cork would see him in the frame. TIRMOYLE looks to have improved since joining Denis Hogan and ran a fine race behind Kilcara Boy at Killarney where he wouldn't have been suited by fast going. He wouldn't need to improve much more to take this and is handed the vote. Whisky Galore is inconsistent but would prove a threat if anywhere near his best.
Donatis Comet (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, ridden to dispute lead before 2 out, headed at last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 16, 5l behind Gentleman Duke (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gd.
John Veale (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Soon chased leaders, 6th halfway, struggling from over 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 8th of 13, 11l behind Mighty Whitey (9-6) at Sligo 1m 2f clm stks gs in Jun '12 (flat).
Josh Deets (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, well behind Our Joey (11-2) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Dun Scaith (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway into 8th 3f out, ridden and no impression over 2f out, 7th of 15, 30l behind Dont Tell No One (12-1) at Galway 2m 2f N H flat sft.
Frenchfort (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, never a factor, 11th of 16, 38l behind Gentleman Duke (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gd.
Jordans Dream (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Soon prominent at ordinary pace, no extra from over 3f out, tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind Gilt Shadow (11-8) at Down Royal 2m N H flat gs in Nov.
King Cruiser (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, 10th halfway, no impression after 2 out and 9th before last where left 7th, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 22l behind Hospital (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl gf.
Probably Not (IRE) 50-1 (11-6) In last when fell 2nd, in a race won by Un Beau Roman (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hdl gd, 5 ran.
Strategic Bid 9-4fav (11-4) Settled in mid-division and 8th halfway, headway into 4th 3 out, pushed along and no impression when not fluent next, soon no extra and kept on one pace, 4th of 17, 10l behind Dawerann (11-1) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl gf in Jul.
The Black Russian (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, 4th approaching 3 out but ridden after next and soon no extra, 8th of 15, 38l behind Green Thirty Two (10-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gf.
Tirmoyle (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Waited with towards rear, headway on inner approaching straight, soon chased leaders, ridden into 2nd and no impression last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 16, 3l behind Killcara Boy (11-0) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Jul.
Whisky Galore 7-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, closer in 2nd 3 out, soon ridden, no impression after next, 8th of 14, 32l behind Magnetic Force (11-2) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 gd.
Willow Grange (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Mid-division, moderate 7th halfway, closer 4 out, ridden and no impression 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 11, 50l behind Flanagans Field (11-4) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl gf.
Aintnosanityclause (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along 4 out, weakened 3 out, 5th of 8, 43l behind Tantamount (10-4) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jul.
Lemmond Lady (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 5th 4f out, no extra from before straight, 14th of 18, 42l behind Daisy's Gift (11-7) at Thurles 2m mrs N H flat sft in Feb.
Lost Book (IRE) 66-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, some headway 2 out and 7th before last, kept on one pace, 7th of 15, 11l behind Massini's Trap (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl gf.
Smiler (IRE) 9-1 (12-0) Always towards rear, completely tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Minella Reception (11-9) at Listowel 2m N H flat sft in Sep.
Araglen Lad (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and no impression before next, weakened and tailed off, last of 6, well behind Bally Longford (11-6) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft.