Annacarton, seven times a winner between the flags, ran very well behind Son Of Moyne here last month but that was over a much longer trip and this looks on the short side. VENTURE LAZARUS hasn't had much racing and there was plenty to like about his recent second to Yeoman at Galway. This is his trip and he gets the nod despite his big weight. Best Of Bocelli has yet to win a race of any description and needs quick ground but Banna Beach, who was behind Annacarton here last time, will have found the trip much too far and is better judged on an earlier run at Clonmel when narrowly beaten by Island Peak. Jolily is another who appears to need much further while Duroob, who would have a chance at his best, arrives out of form.
Jolily (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Rear of mid-division when mistake and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Son Of Moyne (10-2) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-109 in Oct, 18 ran.
Venture Lazarus (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Soon chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 2nd 2 out, bad mistake last, ridden and challenged entering straight, no extra in 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Yeoman (10-0) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 in Oct.
Annacarton (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 9th after 5 out, moderate 5th 2 out, went 4th before last and kept on run-in to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 18, 4l behind Son Of Moyne (10-2) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-109 in Oct.
Best Of Bocelli (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Prominent and disputed lead, ridden to lead before 2 out, strongly pressed and headed early straight, soon dropped to 4th and no extra, 4th of 16, 7l behind Ontheground (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Duroob 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 10th of 17, 30l behind Handsome Dan (10-9) at Clonmel 3m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (5yo+) gf in Sep.
Edmundo (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Rear of mid-division on outer, in touch after 4 out, no extra and in rear when mistake 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Highdownhill (11-12) at Punchestown 3m 1f am hcp ch 0-102 hvy in Oct, 21 ran.
Nivek's Dream (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Never better than mid-division, 12th of 14, well behind Drumlister (11-4) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-102 gf in Jul.
Banna Beach (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders on inner, 6th halfway, no extra from 3 out, 6th of 18, 23l behind Son Of Moyne (10-2) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-109 in Oct.
Moi Desire (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, never a factor, pulled up before last, in a race won by Alf Wright (10-6) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct, 15 ran.
Popaflora 50-1 (11-12) Always behind, last of 13, well behind Oscars Well (11-12) at Punchestown 2m beg chs sft in Oct.
Clancy Strand (NZ) 13-2 (11-5) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, 50l behind Golden Kite (11-5) at Galway 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Sep.
Gerbera (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Led and clear, much reduced lead from before 3 out, headed next, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 11l behind Claragh Native (11-10) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep.
Reality Dose (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Alw pr, 2nd til ld 9th, hdd 5out, clr 2nd from 3out, ko no dngr, 2nd of 13, 15l behind Lions In Law (12-0) at Tinahely 3m ire ptp gd in Oct '10.
Flamenco Prince 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, 11th of 18, 28l behind Realt Den Chathair (11-10) at Clonmel 3m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (5yo+) gf in Sep.