Champagne Pat ran his best race on soft ground at Ballinrobe and found the going too quick at Punchestown last time. Niven was in very good form on the Flat in the spring and ran well enough on his hurdling debut behind Landofhopeandglory at Fairyhouse to suggest he'll be winning soon. The lightly-raced Long Call wasn't far behind in that latter race and looks the type to do much better though Tony Martin also has two other runners and French recruit Tropic Thunder could come out best of the trio. Joseph O'Brien has a pair of entries with jockey bookings suggesting No Biggie could prove better than Ineffable at this stage but this can go to DAKOTA MOIRETTE, runner-up in a bumper in France on his only start to date and now with Gordon Elliott.
Athlone Ranger (IRE) Bushranger gelding out of Dromod Mour.
Azure (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, no extra approaching 3 out, 9th of 12, dist behind Mega Fortune (10-12) at Down Royal 2m gd in Nov.
Champagne Pat (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Prominent, 2nd early, soon raced in 3rd, slight mistake 4th, lost place and pushed along from 3 out, no impression and one pace from before straight, 5th of 14, 13 3/4l behind Zanjabeel (10-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn gd in Oct.
Dakota Moirette (FR) (9-13) 2nd of 3, shd behind at Nancy 1m 5f gs in May.
Easy Pass (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Ran 5th, pushed along under 4f out, ridden under 3f out, no impression on leaders in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, dropped to 5th close home, 5th of 8, 11 3/4l behind Windsor Beach (9-12) at Cork 1m 2f hcp sft in Oct.
Eight And Bob 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, dropped to rear over 3f out, detached under 3f out, weakened, last of 16, dist behind Zero Euro (8-13) at Cork 1m hcp sft in Oct.
Ineffable (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 2nd 3f out, soon ridden, 3rd 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 10th of 21, 11 3/4l behind Dalton Highway (9-12) at Navan 1m 2f hcp gd in Aug.
Long Call 16-1 (10-12) Held up, moderate 11th from 3rd, no impression from before straight, kept on run-in, 6th of 16, 16l behind Landofhopeandglory (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn gd in Nov.
Mrmathematics (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, no impression straight, never a factor, last of 10, dist behind Tree of Knowledge (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 1f mdn gd in Aug.
Niven (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Soon chased leaders, moderate 5th from 3rd, progress approaching 3 out, 4th into straight, one pace from before last, 4th of 16, 7 1/2l behind Landofhopeandglory (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn gd in Nov.
No Biggie (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, disputed lead 4f out, ridden entering straight, headed 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 34 1/2l behind Masonbrook Lady (9-2) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp gd in Jul.
Observation Observatory gelding out of Pooka's Daughter.
On Song (IRE) Zagreb gelding out of Mickanna.
Ormskirk 50-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 7th halfway, slight mistake 2 out, soon ridden, no impression before last, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 16 3/4l behind Landofhopeandglory (11-7) at Punchestown 2m sft in Nov.
Sackfullofdreams (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, moderate 8th from 3rd, one pace from before straight, 9th of 16, 26 3/4l behind Landofhopeandglory (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn gd in Nov.
Skeaping 25-1 (11-0) Held up, slight mistake 3rd, soon behind, ridden towards rear 4 out and no impression, weakened, 10th of 12, dist behind Landofhopeandglory (11-7) at Punchestown 2m sft in Nov.
The Invisible Dog (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up, moderate 13th from 3rd, slight mistake 5 out, no danger and not fluent 2 out, tailed off, 15th of 16, dist behind Landofhopeandglory (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn gd in Nov.
Tropic Thunder (GER) (9-1) 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Tassilo (9-4) at Saint-Cloud 1m 2f gd in Oct.
Camile (IRE) 5-1fav (9-13) Rear of mid-division, headway into 8th and pushed along 2f out, soon ridden, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on same pace in 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Dont Quit (8-8) at Gowran Park 1m hcp Soft - Heavy in Oct.