It's hard to see past SHANTALLA, who has produced battling performances to complete a double and hasn't been raised too much in the weights. He can complete a hat-trick at the main expense of Black Cache, who appeared to relish the longer trip when coming with a late run to catch Sizing Solution at Downpatrick. The front-running Decade Player has had his jumping problems but stablemate Ard Agus Fada has won four times over fences and should get competitive.
Rayhani (USA) 14-1 (9-10) Waited with well off the pace towards rear, still last approaching 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 8, 19l behind Muzak (10-0) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs gd in Sep.
Black Cache (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) won at Downpatrick 2m 2f beg chs gd in Sep beating Sizing Solution (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Musawama (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd briefly 3 out, ridden and no impression in 4th next, no extra when left moderate 3rd last, 3rd of 12, 26l behind Nearest The Pin (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f beg chs gd in Sep.
Mountain Lough (IRE) 9-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, 5th 7 out, no extra from 3 out, last of 15, well behind Dick Dundee (11-9) at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 in Sep.
Decade Player (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Led, not always fluent jumping, headed 4 out, dropped to moderate 3rd and no extra from before 2 out, 6th of 15, 18l behind Dick Dundee (11-9) at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 in Sep.
Shantalla (IRE) 11-4fav (10-4) Settled in rear of mid-division, good headway into 4th 4 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out but no impression on leader when left in front after 2 out, bit slow at last, driven out run-in and held on well, won at Ballinrobe 2m 6f cnd hcp chs (0-109) gd in Sep beating Close Review (10-12) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Ard Agus Fada (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Waited with, closer in 9th after 4 out, ridden to chase leaders from 2 out, kept on same pace from before last, 7th of 15, 10l behind Mount Sion (11-1) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 gf in Aug.
Sergeant Grey 25-1 (11-7) 9th of 14, well behind Black Cache (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f beg chs gd in Sep.