Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh have won this twice in the past six years and their representative this time, point-to-point and hurdles winner Hampshire Express, is certain to come in for support on his chasing debut. He's definitely one to watch but BOB LINGO gets the vote. Tom Mullins' charge was unfortunate not to make a winning start over fences at Gowran and came up against two very promising types in Noble Prince and Healys Bar at Punchestown last week. Quiamo Malta is a real chasing-bred type who has been biding his time over hurdles while Elysian Rock, The Book Thief and Slievecorragh are others capable of doing well over the bigger obstacles.
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Held up, headway to 10th 2 out, ridden in 5th early straight, 4th last, kept on same pace, 5th of 20, 3 1/2l behind P'tit Fute (10-13) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl in Jan '09.
Bob Lingo (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leader, led before 4th, ridden and headed after 3 out, kept on, disputed after 2 out, headed approaching last, no extra in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Noble Prince (11-12) at Punchestown 2m beg chs in Oct.
Down The Road (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, pulled up after 6th, in a race won by Realt Dubh (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f beg chs sft in Sep, 17 ran.
Elysian Rock 7-1 (11-10) Led, joined 7th, headed after 4 out, dropped to 3rd before straight, soon no impression under pressure and kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 14l behind Silverhand (11-10) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl gd in Oct.
First In Line (IRE) 50-1 (11-11) Soon mid-division, dropped towards rear before 5 out, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Bremen (11-12) at Tipperary 2m beg chs in Oct.
Hampshire Express (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Towards rear, some headway approaching 3 out, kept on in straight without threatening, 7th of 21, 11l behind Dorset Square (9-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 gd in Apr.
Lastoftheleaders (IRE) 5-1fav (11-5) Mid-division, 10th halfway, headway in 6th 4 out, 4th 3 out, ridden in 7th entering straight, no impression in 9th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 17, 13l behind Dul Ar An Ol (9-11) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Apr.
Preswell Lad (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Held up, no impression from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Doransfirth (10-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 8Evens09 gd in Aug, 15 ran.
Quiamo Malta (FR) 25-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, moderate 4th and ridden after 2 out, no impression straight, 7th of 24, 22l behind Sivota (10-11) at Punchestown 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Apr.
Red Basil (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Never a factor, rear of mid-division when hampered at 4th, no threat from 3 out, 8th of 15, 38l behind More Claret (10-8) at Wexford 2m 1f beg chs in Oct.
Rockys Choice (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Held up in mid-division, 8th when hampered at 4th (halfway), mistake 3 out, soon no extra, 11th of 15, well behind More Claret (10-8) at Wexford 2m 1f beg chs in Oct.
Slievecorragh (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along in 4th when left 2nd and hampered after 3 out, jumped right 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Darceys Dancer (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 1f beg chs in Oct.
Something Fishy (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, 8th after 5th, no extra approaching 3 out, 14th of 16, 43l behind Raheenwood (11-3) at Tramore 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 fm in Aug.
The Book Thief (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, 5th and ridden 4 out, no impression under pressure next, one pace, 5th of 8, 9l behind Stonemaster (11-6) at Limerick 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft in Apr.
No One Tells Me 9-1 (11-6) Rear of mid-division, no impression and kept on same pace from after 3 out, 8th of 12, 22l behind Kakagh (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chs sft in Oct.
Swift Lady (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, no extra after 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Spider Bob (10-5) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-102 gf in May, 15 ran.