Only one favourite has been successful in the past 12 years. GALANT FERNS has been a little frustrating over timber but gained a very impressive victory in a handicap at Limerick last month and would take the world of beating if repeating. Loch Long finally got off the mark over timber when beating Glenstar at Ballinrobe and the runner-up is engaged in the opener. Presenting Nama tackles this trip for the first time over hurdles and his best run came when stepped-up to 2m4f at Clonmel while Tom Horn looks certain to be suited by the trip after staying on very strongly to beat Luck Pennie at Clonmel. The versatile Sugar Bullet was a little disappointing behind Moi Desire here earlier this month but she's another who probably needs more of a stamina test.
Loch Long (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, improved to lead after 2 out, clear before last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl in May beating Glenstar (11-4) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Presenting Nama (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st and 6th, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Redera (11-12) at Wexford 2m nh nov hdl gf.
Tom Horn (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Always prominent, travelling well in 2nd after 3 out, led before straight, strongly pressed before last where good jump, stayed on well to assert run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in May beating Luck Pennie (10-12) by 4l, 11 ran.
Galant Ferns (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Held up, 9th and progress from 3 out, 2nd travelling best before straight, led before 2 out, quickly clear, stayed on well, very easily, won at Limerick 3m nov hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May beating Cool Oscar (11-7) by 18l, 18 ran.
Sugar Bullet (IRE) 2-1fav (11-6) Soon prominent and disputed, led before 4 out, headed 3 out and ridden, no extra in 3rd after 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Moi Desire (11-4) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hdl gd.
Crazy House (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 23, well behind Jakros (11-12) at Cork 3m mdn hdl gd in May.
Mr Springer (IRE) 12-1 (10-1) Rear of mid-division, headway in 8th 6 out, 3rd 4 out, improved to lead 3 out, clear after 2 out, easily, won at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd beating That Beats Banaher (11-8) by 10l, 14 ran.
Weslife (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 11th halfway, ridden and no impression 3 out, 12th of 15, well behind Bachelor Lad (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gf in May.
Inspired Dream (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, 20th of 22, well behind Si C'etait Vrai (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Wise Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, ridden in 6th before straight, soon no impression, 7th of 15, 12l behind Abbey Glen (9-11) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl gd.
Sligo 14-1 (11-4) Soon tracked leaders, 2nd 2 out, ridden to lead approaching last where strongly pressed and fell, in a race won by Cootamundra (11-4) at Wexford 3m mdn hdl gf, 16 ran.
Mandy Carroll (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division best, no danger and kept on from before 3 out, 7th of 18, 26l behind Catcherinscratcher (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.