Blissful Moment, a winner on the Flat for Sir Michael Stoute, has been a disappointment so far over timber but there's still time to improve and this doesn't look too difficult. Killshallago has shown promise in bumpers and on his recent hurdling debut at Fairyhouse while hurdling newcomer Zane Grey is the type to do better. Willie Mullins complicates matters by saddling Raise Hell, who has shown little to date and may do better when sent chasing, and TOUCH THE EDEN, who had two runs in the Provinces in France early last year. While he's very much an unknown this won't take much winning and he's given the nod to make a winning start for new connections. Band Leader has a bumper success on this track to his credit and may do best of the remainder.
Band Leader (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Led, headed from 5f out, remained prominent, dropped to 3rd and no impression under pressure from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Way Up In The Air (10-7) at Cork 2m N H flat hvy.
Blissful Moment (USA) 7-1 (11-12) Settled towards rear, 10th entering straight, some headway into moderate 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, never a factor, 3rd of 14, 42l behind Rory O'Moore (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Five Point Plan (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Soon chased leaders, 7th after 4 out, no impression and kept on from next, 5th of 22, 16l behind Champagne Fever (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft.
Ravensbury (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders and pulled hard, refused to settle, closer in 3rd halfway, weakened quickly 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Jupitor (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Oct, 8 ran.
Touch The Eden (FR) 11-4 (9-13) 2nd of 9, 2l behind Sortie De Secours (9-6) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 4f N H flat hvy in Mar '11.
Vintage Supreme (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Never better than mid-division, 13th of 22, 48l behind Champagne Fever (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft.
An Spailpin Fanach (USA) 28-1 (11-4) Well off pace in mid-division best, never a factor, 13th of 16, well behind Home Farm (11-4) at Thurles 2m 2f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo).
Ash Rowe (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Well off pace towards rear for much, never a factor, 11th of 16, well behind Home Farm (11-4) at Thurles 2m 2f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo).
Double Edge 40-1 (11-12) Stumbled before 2nd, soon mid-division, no extra from before straight, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Minella Lady (11-5) at Cork 2m 3f mdn hdl in Aug.
Killshallago (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Mid-division, closer in 5th after 3 out, soon ridden, 4th briefly at last, no extra run-in, 5th of 14, 6l behind Blacklough (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft.
Milanphardantetime (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Soon chased leaders, 5th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 5th of 15, 19l behind High Desert (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft.
Push The Button (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased clear leader, moderate 5th approaching straight, no extra from 2 out, 8th of 14, well behind Rory O'Moore (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Raise Hell (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Led and clear of remainder with 2nd, reduced lead halfway, headed approaching straight, soon no extra, 6th of 12, 27l behind More Madness (11-7) at Limerick 2m 2f N H flat in May.
Smart Money (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) In rear, headway to chase leaders approaching 4f out, soon moderate 3rd and no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, well behind Shotgun Paddy (11-6) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Feb.
Vincent Row (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Waited with, closed up approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 5th of 7, 21l behind Tennis Cap (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Weliveinhope (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, 5th before straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 6th of 9, 25l behind Heath Hunter (12-0) at Thurles 2m N H flat.
Written Inthestars (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, 21st of 22, well behind Champagne Fever (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft.
Zane Grey (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, progress into 5th on outer 3f out, ran slightly wide off bend entering straight, no extra from 1 1/2f out, 7th of 13, 19l behind Some Article (10-6) at Punchestown 2m nhf gs in Apr.
Diamondgeezer Luke (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, 5th 3 out and 4th on inner next, ridden but still close up when fell last, in a race won by Bullet Street (11-9) at Limerick 2m cond mdn hdl hvy, 16 ran.
Don't Know (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Led, ran wide and headed halfway, ridden and dropped to rear 6f out, weakened and tailed off, last of 9, well behind King Of Firth (12-0) at Galway 2m N H flat in Oct.
De Benno (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Ros Nua.