Champoleon has come up against a couple of smart performers in his two runs over fences, though that looks the case again today. Sutton Manor was just behind him when both made their debuts at Galway then came up against a pair of promising types at Punchestown. Jack Kennedy rides the latter whose yard is also represented by The Storyteller, a very progressive hurdler making his chasing debut. Tinos Tank did much better when runner-up to Magic Of Light over the track and trip last month but will probably need more here as LIVELOVELAUGH looks a potentially useful recruit to fences. Willie Mullins' charge, a winning point-to-pointer, did well to win a bumper and score twice over timber as chasing was always likely to be his game and he can make a successful start.
Champoleon (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, soon 4th, slight mistake 8th, no impression from 4 out, bumped rival 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Woods Well (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f Soft - Heavy in Nov.
El Vasco (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Towards rear, progress to 4th after 7th, under pressure in moderate 5th after 4 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 34 1/2l behind Youcantcallherthat (11-5) at Cork 2m 5f Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Livelovelaugh (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 6th approaching 4th, prominent and mistake 2 out, chased leader in 2nd approaching straight, kept on without getting to winner run-in, dropped to 3rd near line, 3rd of 24, 1/2l behind Open Eagle (11-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp Good - Yielding in Apr.
Pakman 66-1 (11-12) Held up, moderate 6th from 4th, moderate 4th from 11th, no impression when slight mistakes 3 out and 2 out, soon no extra, 7th of 10, dist behind Monalee (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Sutton Manor (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Prominent, soon raced in 2nd, under pressure approaching straight, soon one pace in 3rd, 3rd of 10, 9 1/2l behind Monalee (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f Soft - Heavy in Nov.
The Storyteller (IRE) 5-4fav (11-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, slight mistake 8th, went 2nd 4 out, disputed lead travelling well entering straight, led before 2 out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed after last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Chateau Conti (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f sft in Nov.
Tinos Tank (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on outer, 5th 3 out, soon ridden, went moderate 2nd 2 out, kept on without threatening winner from last, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Magic Of Light (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f sft in Nov.