The veteran Captain Cee Bee won this last year and continued in good form subsequently. However, he has a penalty to contend with which may allow the classy chaser FOILDUBH to take his measure. He carried a big weight to victory in a handicap over hurdles at this meeting a year ago on his return from a break so the lack of a run won't be a problem. Midnight Game has been mixing it in strong company after completing a double in December and he'll be fit enough as will Fosters Cross, who won on the Flat at Leopardstown in July.
Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, no impression after 3 out, ridden in poor 4th and kept on one pace entering straight, 4th of 5, 35l behind Hurricane Fly (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m hdl G1 (1) in Jan.
Midnight Game 50-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden and no impression from after 3 out, kept on one pace from before straight, 12th of 20, 34l behind Missunited (10-8) at Galway 2m hcp hdl sft in Aug.
Miley Shah (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Chased leader, led after 3rd, disputed next, ridden and headed before straight, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Fiery Oscar (11-2) at Listowel 2m hcp hdl sft in Sep, 14 ran.
False Economy (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, ridden in last from 3 out, no impression, 6th of 8, 11l behind Pires (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f chs gd in Aug.
Foildubh (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Soon led, joined from 4 out, hit 3 out, headed approaching last, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 8th of 22, 9l behind The Paparrazi Kid (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Led and clear, tended to jump a little left at times, reduced lead 4 out, headed approaching 2 out, no extra and kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 9l behind Muzak (10-0) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs gd in Sep.
Moon Dice (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Towards rear, ridden 4 out, no impression in moderate 9th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Shot From The Hip (10-13) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs gd in Aug, 15 ran.
Redera (IRE) 18-1 (9-13) Towards rear, ridden and no impression after 3 out, 14th of 20, 39l behind Missunited (10-8) at Galway 2m hcp hdl sft in Aug.