Twice a winner on the Flat in France, ALONSO is likely to prove a warm order on his hurdling debut for Willie Mullins. He gets the vote given the likes of Off The Charts and Ram have yet to threaten. Emma Pavlova finished a bit closer at Cork last time and Sue And Isi ran on for second at Downpatrick last week without looking like catching the winner. Aircraftman won a point-to-point in April and the brother to smart hurdler Amaretto Rose could prove the biggest danger to the selection.
Alonso (SPA) 20-1 (9-8) 3rd of 16, 4l behind Lady Ohara (8-10) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f 3yo hcp gd in Oct '12 (flat).
Aircraftman 5-2 (11-7) Alw pr & disp, went on 3out, alw in command, won at Largy 3m ire ptp sft in Apr beating Cogry (11-7) by 8l, 10 ran.
One Cool Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 9th of 21, 31l behind Apache Stronghold (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.
Ram (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, ridden entering straight, under pressure in 5th 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 14l behind Carriganog (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.
Sum Kinda Airplane (IRE) 40-1 (11-3) last of 11, well behind Maigh Dara (11-3) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd in Sep.
Balrath Hope (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 9th of 20, 32l behind Gambling Girl (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.
Emma Pavlova (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Prominent, 5th approaching straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from before last, 6th of 16, 9l behind Art Of Payroll (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd.
Oscar's Passion (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Chased leaders mainly 6th, pushed along in 5th 3 out and no threat from next, in rear when mistake last, last of 6, 48l behind Cailin Annamh (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 2f hdl G3 (1) gd.
Sue And Isi (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) 2nd of 8, 13l behind Renneti (11-9) at Downpatrick 2m 2f 4yo mdn hdl sft.