chased leaders, 8th approaching halfway, no extra from 2f out
prominent early, soon mid-division, 14th approaching halfway, ridden and headway straight, challenged final furlong, kept on well without quite matching front pair
dwelt, soon mid-division, 13th approaching halfway, headway and effort straight, kept on same pace from 2f out
soon tracked leaders, close up from 4f out, not match leaders when slightly impeded over 1f out, soon no extra
chased leaders, 7th approaching halfway, pushed along over 4f out, soon reminders, weakened straight
mid-division early, 10th approaching halfway, headway towards outer straight, slightly impeded over 1f out, squeezed for room and switched left inside final furlong, kept on without matching principals
soon led, joined from 4f out, quickly headed and weakened
prominent, pushed along and lost position when not much room briefly over 3f out, soon weakened
mid-division early, 12th approaching halfway, headway when not much room briefly 2f out, one pace after
held up, soon towards rear, some headway straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace without threatening
soon tracked leaders, close up from 4f out, disputed lead from 3f out, headed under 2f out, no extra and one pace from over 1f out
waited with, 16th approaching halfway, headway towards outer straight, stayed on well final furlong to lead close home
dwelt, held up, 18th approaching halfway, effort on outer straight, soon one pace
held up, soon towards rear, headway and effort straight, kept on same pace without threatening from over 1f out
mid-division early, 11th approaching halfway, headway and effort straight, kept on same pace from over 1f out
disputed lead early, tracked leaders, pushed along from 5f out, weakened straight
chased leaders, 9th approaching halfway, not much room between horses from before straight, kept on without matching principals from over 1f out
disputed lead early, prominent, on terms again from 4f out, led under 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong, headed close home
dwelt, in rear and soon detached, kept on same pace without threatening straight
dwelt, held up, raced on outer, no extra straight
held up, 17th approaching halfway, headway and effort straight, kept on same pace without threatening from over 1f out
held up, 15th approaching halfway, no extra straight
Apparition won this as a three-year-old last season and is just 3lb higher so has to go on the shortlist. Willie Mullins won the race in 2015 and promising hurdler Makitorix can go well along with stable companion Hey Little Boy, who looks quite well handicapped. Bay Hill has dropped to a lowly mark nowadays and any money for him should be noted but Circling Moon's recent good form has been on much faster ground. New Direction beat a huge field over the track and trip a couple of years ago but is probably as high as he wants to be in the weights so the vote goes to the progressive three-year-old ROCKABILL, who stayed on strongly to score over 1m3f at Killarney. Make It Hurrah carried a big weight into second at Galway and then ran well over timber there three days later so can get into the money.
Apparition (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Towards rear, pushed along early straight, ridden 2f out and went 4th over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4 3/4l behind Still Standing (9-5) at Killarney 1m 3f hcp gd in Aug.
Makitorix (FR) 8-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, ridden entering straight, no impression, never a factor, 5th of 8, 5 3/4l behind Hardline (11-7) at Naas 2m (1) sft in Feb.
Wooster (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, never reached leaders, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 10 1/4l behind Kings Gift (9-12) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (3) gd in Aug.
New Direction (IRE) 5-2jfav (9-12) Raced 4th, progress 4f out, ridden in 4th under 2f out, headway on outer 1f out, kept on in 2nd final 150 yards, held, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Nimitz (9-6) at Navan 1m 2f hcp gf in Jul.
Perfect Soldier (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leader on inner, 3rd halfway, ridden 3f out and no impression on winner approaching straight, moderate 2nd and edged right over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 9l behind Honor Oak (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp sft in Aug.
Storm Rising (IRE) 7-2cfav (11-3) Held up in touch, 6th from 3rd, pushed along from 4 out, no impression when impeded 3 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 16 1/4l behind Feeling The Love (11-5) at Cork 2m hcp gd in Aug.
Harebell (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Towards rear, 6th halfway, ridden over 2f out, switched left under 2f out, no impression over 1f out, one paced final furlong, eased closing stages, 7th of 8, 18 1/4l behind Try Again (8-12) at Roscommon 1m 2f hcp sft in Aug.
Make It Hurrah (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Prominent, soon 2nd, some slight mistakes, slightly impeded by loose horse approaching 2 out, kept on same pace straight, 7th of 20, 12 1/2l behind Castlehume (10-13) at Galway 2m 1f hcp Good - Yielding in Aug.
Bibliotheca (JPN) 5-2fav (9-5) Soon improved to lead, pushed along and headed over 3f out, soon weakened and no extra in 6th from 2f out, 6th of 7, 17 1/4l behind Small Bit Of Love (8-13) at Ballinrobe 1m 5f hcp Yielding in Jul.
Circling Moon (IRE) 5-2 (10-11) Held up behind, driven and headway 2f out, went 2nd when ridden over 1f out, kept on, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Rubenesque (9-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Archer's Up 22-1 (11-12) Chased leader, soon mid-division, 9th after 5th, headway before 3 out, 4th 2 out, ridden into 3rd at last, kept on to 2nd closing stages, not trouble winner, 2nd of 18, 4l behind Air Supremacy (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f mdn gd in Aug.
Rockabill 11-2 (10-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along in 4th approaching straight, headway 2f out and ridden to challenge over 1f out, led over 100 yards out, kept on well, won at Killarney 1m 3f hcp gd in Aug beating For Pleasure (9-13) by hd, 8 ran.
Paddy The Celeb (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Towards rear, hampered after 1f, dropped to 12th halfway, no impression over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, never a factor, 10th of 13, 26 1/2l behind Pivot Bridge (10-5) at Dundalk 2m hcp pol in Mar.
Crafted Jewel (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Mid-division and 5th from halfway, lost place over 3f out and soon pushed along on inner, slightly short of room and switched to outer from 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 1f out, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind National Wealth (9-10) at Killarney 1m 6f hcp Yielding in Aug.
High Expectations (FR) 7-2 (10-13) Pulled hard, headway to lead after 2nd, went left and headed 2 out, chased winner, rallied last, driven and stayed on run-in, 2nd of 6, nk behind Caius Marcius (10-12) at Perth 2m hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Father Ailbe (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Blame Me Forever (9-4) at Chelmsford City 1m 5f hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Trump Card (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Soon led narrowly, headed and ridden under 2f out, no impression on leaders in 3rd under 1f out, kept on same pace, dropped to 4th on line, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Papal Parade (8-13) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp sft in Aug.
Bay Hill (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division on inner, pushed along in 8th 2 out, soon no impression, moderate 6th and eased before last, pushed along again inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 37 1/4l behind Roxboro Road (11-8) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp hvy in May.
Hey Little Boy (GER) 13-8fav (10-1) In rear, never a factor, reminder on bend after 2f, soon pushed along, detached over 4f out, soon ridden and 10th 3f out, under pressure and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 6th of 12, 9l behind Jake Peter (9-0) at Tramore 2m hcp gd in Aug.
Bobeska (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, took keen hold and headway to rear of mid-division halfway, 12th 4f out, ridden in 7th 2f out, no impression, 11th of 17, 35 1/4l behind Diamond Hill (11-7) at Galway 1m 4f mdn sft in Aug.
Magic Sea (IRE) 4-1cfav (10-4) Close up, soon led and disputed, headed over 4f out, weakened approaching straight, tailed off, 10th of 11, dist behind Emily Square (9-7) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp Yielding in Aug.
U S Navy Seal (USA) 50-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, ridden and no impression 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 14th of 15, 10 1/2l behind Danehill Quest (8-9) at Killarney 1m hcp gd in Aug.
Olive D'Haguenet (FR) 66-1 (11-12) Led, raced wide throughout and hung left, ran around approaching 2nd, ran around after 4th and soon headed, 3rd and mistake 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 34 1/2l behind Stay Humble (11-12) at Sligo 3m mdn gd in Aug.