This rarely provides much of a guide to the main event at Galway but carries a decent prize in its own right. Slieveardagh won last year and is only 1lb higher though he's failed to build on that success. Runner-up Ballyfin Boy did manage to go one better at the Festival though not in the big event and he's on a 10lb higher mark. Big Generator is gradually improving and isn't badly treated despite a 7lb rise while Shake The Bucket overcame a last-fence error to score at Wexford and has since run well on the Flat. The versatile Plan A has still to win over fences and could have done without a 5lb rise for finishing runner-up at Down Royal though this can go to a rejuvenated ON THE WAY OUT, who turned the clock back with a superb run to foil the hat-trick bid of Rohan's Pride at Limerick.
Slieveardagh (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Soon mid-division, 6th at 3rd, closer in 5th approaching 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Fisher Bridge (10-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gf in Jun.
Plan A (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Keen hold, soon tracked leaders, travelling well and on terms before 2 out, soon led, kept on well run-in, caught near line, 2nd of 14, hd behind Blue Cannon (11-6) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase gf in Jun '13.
Rohan's Pride (IRE) 3-1fav (11-10) Took keen hold, soon led, joined 4th, soon headed, 3rd from 3 out, led again approaching straight, headed 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 7l behind On The Way Out (11-1) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs gf.
On The Way Out (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, 7th from 3 out, closed up travelling smoothly approaching straight, led 2 out, soon clear, stayed on well run-in, easily, won at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs gf beating Rohan's Pride (11-10) by 7l, 11 ran.
Fantastic Gold 13-2 (10-10) Settled 3rd early, closer in 3rd approaching 2 out, on terms 2 out, ridden in 3rd on outer in straight, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Queen Alphabet (11-1) at Sligo 2m mrs nov hdl gf.
Ballyfinboy (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) In rear, pushed along 5th, never a factor, tailed off,, 10th of 11, well behind Fisher Bridge (10-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gf in Jun.
Knocklong (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division when bad mistake and rider lost iron briefly 2nd, dropped to rear and mistakes after, some progress into 8th when bad mistake 3 out, no impression, 7th of 14, 12l behind Notimetoserve (9-13) at Tramore 2m 6f cond hcap ch in Apr.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, progress to go 3rd before 2 out, led approaching last where pecked, kept on run-in, won at Wexford 2m 3f beg chase gf in Jun beating Silver Chief (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 15 ran.
Big Generator 2-1fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 5th, progress to lead 2 out, ridden approaching last and kept on well run-in, won at Wexford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gf in Jun beating Annie Other (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Sugar Bullet (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Held up, slightly slow 4th and in rear, reminders from 6th, improved to be close up 9th, 5th from 3 out, weakened from before straight, soon eased, 7th of 11, 26l behind On The Way Out (11-1) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs gf.
Westhaven (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Towards rear, some headway 7 out, moderate 10th approaching straight, ridden to chase leaders and no impression from before last, kept on without threatening run-in, 4th of 22, 5l behind Close Review (10-4) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs in Jun.