SMILER (NAP) won this a year ago and Mikey O'Connor looks to have plotted a repeat. The eight-year-old hasn't had much racing subsequently and showed that his turn is near with a narrow defeat on the Flat at Roscommon a month ago. Lilly The Lioness would have won over fences at Tipperary but for a last-fence fall and ran well in a better race at Cork though she's not as well handicapped over hurdles. Seeyouallincoppers is very consistent but can't get his head in front and keeps going up in the weights. The four-year-old Copy That won a Tipperary maiden but was then beaten in a handicap so Morga looks the main threat as she carried a big weight to victory at Ballinrobe and is young enough to make further progress.
Morga (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, improved to lead and dispute from 3rd, ridden and disputed before last, kept on well run-in to assert, won at Ballinrobe 2m hcp sft in Sep beating Rock On Rosie (10-6) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 3 out, soon no impression, dropped to last approaching straight, soon no extra and eased, last of 9, 26 1/4l behind Jarob (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp gd in Oct.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, 10th 3 out, ridden and no impression next, kept on one pace, slight mistake last, 7th of 13, 14 3/4l behind Gentleman Duke (11-0) at Cork 2m 1f hcp gd in Oct.
Smiler (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Ran 6th, 4th halfway, travelled well entering straight, progress to lead under 2f out, ridden over 1f out, under pressure and headed inside final 150 yards, kept on, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Tawseef (9-10) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp Yielding in Sep.
Voluptueux (FR) 33-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, no extra after 3 out, weakened, 14th of 20, dist behind Phil The Flyer (11-7) at Tipperary 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Lilly The Lioness (IRE) 7-1fav (10-3) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden in 10th and no impression before straight, kept on one pace straight, 6th of 13, 13l behind Gentleman Duke (11-0) at Cork 2m 1f hcp gd in Oct.
Seeyouallincoppers (IRE) 9-2fav (11-9) Mid-division and ran freely early, slight mistake 2nd, closer in 4th halfway, ridden into 2nd before 2 out, no impression on winner before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Wate And Sea (11-3) at Cork 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Rocky Court (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Led, headed 3 out, pushed along and dropped to rear before next, no extra, 5th of 6, 25l behind Bachasson (11-4) at Tipperary 2m (1) gd in Oct.
Copy That (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Chased leader, slight mistake 4th, slight mistake 3 out, challenged into straight, almost on terms 2 out, no impression in 4th from before last where not fluent, one pace, 4th of 7, 6l behind Golden Spear (10-6) at Listowel 2m hcp Soft - Heavy in Sep.