Tony Martin won the first running of this a year ago and Cassells Rock had shown promise at this level before a couple of moderate efforts in handicaps. Erlkonig, twice a winner on the Flat in Germany, made a highly encouraging start over timber when chasing home Queen Alphabet at KIlbeggan. He will be fancied to go one better with that under his belt while Irish Bulletin will be no pushover after a fine second to Indian Icon at Killarney when McKinley finished tailed off. The latter, a winner on the Flat at the Curragh in October, can surely do better but POLISHED ROCK is taken to make a successful debut over timber as he's a useful middle-distance performer on the Flat and he's with the right yard to get the best out of him. Sinour never got involved when making his hurdling debut at Cork in April but did better at Clonmel last month and should have more to offer.
Bog War (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, jumped slightly left 4 out, soon no extra, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Ridestan (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl in May.
Cassells Rock (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Mid-division, ridden and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 12th of 20, 23l behind Pivot Bridge (9-11) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Apr.
Erlkonig (GER) 16-1 (11-4) Prominent, led approaching 2nd where a little slow, ran slightly wide on bend before 3rd where not fluent, joined 4th, soon headed, remained prominent, 2nd before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Queen Alphabet (11-5) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Irish Bulletin (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, 3rd and no impression from next, went 2nd after last and kept on without troubling winner run-in, 2nd of 18, 2 1/2l behind Indian Icon (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl in May.
Mckinley 11-4 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, 7th after 5th, pushed along after 6th, soon no danger, eased straight, tailed off, 14th of 18, dis behind Indian Icon (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl in May.
Polished Rock (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) 4th early, disputed 3rd halfway, ridden into lead under 2f out, no extra in final furlong, 4th of 12, 4l behind Edge Of Sanity (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp in May (flat).
Lake Nova (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Towards rear, some progress in 7th before 2 out, no extra approaching last, 9th of 16, 25l behind Never Said That (10-12) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May.
Manibus (IRE) Lend A Hand gelding out of Itsafamilyaffair.
Murcadh (IRE) Brian Boru gelding out of Lezies Last.
Persian Wind (IRE) Pushkin gelding out of Wind Away.
Rock Of Dunamase (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Chased clear leader, ran freely, 3rd halfway, ridden and closer in 5th 2f out, soon no extra, weakened, 12th of 13, 39l behind Secret Seven (9-13) at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gd in May (flat).
Scamall Dubh (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th and pushed along after 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 5th of 17, 25l behind The Plan Man (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Apr.
Sinour (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Soon mid-division, closed in 3rd approaching straight, soon 2nd, 3rd again and under pressure 2 out, no extra when not fluent last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 13l behind Ridestan (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl in May.
Icy Reply 20-1 (10-2) Soon chased leaders, moderate 4th approaching straight, soon no impression, 4th of 16, 33l behind Abbyssial (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Dec.
Razia (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Soon took keen hold towards rear, pushed along from 4 out, soon no impression, moderate 9th and no extra approaching straight, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Ridestan (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl in May.