A tricky finale with several appearing to hold decent claims. The hat-trick seeking Dunowen Point and Ballinrobe winner South Wing both carry penalties, but the latter's stablemate Al Dafa could be interesting if his run at Kilbeggan has blown away a few cobwebs. Spa Wells is a previous C&D winner and has only found one too good in his last two starts at Punchestown and Clonmel, but Suprise Vendor has been well beaten in two runs on the Flat since winning at Sedgefield and Kai Broon looks to be in the handicapper's grip now. Hexham winner Mavalenta could be improving but GRAND DIAMOND returns to hurdles on a very fair mark and wasn't beaten far on the level at Newcastle earlier this month - he could represent a bit of value in this big field.
Dunowen Point (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Made all, clear 2 out, soon swished tail and wandered, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs beating Taroum (11-1) by 13l, 6 ran.
South Wing (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Mid-division, closed to track leaders approaching 3 out, chased leader from next, led and clear from before last, stayed on well, won at Ballinrobe 2m Amateur Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (4yo+) gd beating Second Glance (11-0) by 6l, 15 ran.
Spa Wells (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, close 6th entering straight, soon ridden, close 4th at last, 2nd early run-in and stayed on well, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Binocular (11-4) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Al Dafa (USA) 10-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 9th halfway, pushed along in 10th 5 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 7l behind Archie Boy (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, no impression, 13th of 17, 15l behind Remember Now (11-4) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Suprise Vendor (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Prominent, went 2nd 3 out, led before 2 out, kept on well from last, driven out, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May beating Sean Airgead (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Kai Broon (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Mid-division, pushed along briefly after 3rd, ridden 5th, well beaten 3 out, 7th of 10, 37l behind Laterly (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Behindcloseddoors (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Led to 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 13, 37l behind Brunston (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Apr.
Mavalenta (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, headway 2 out, led before last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating Dance For Julie (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Samizdat (FR) 14-1 (9-10) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by San Deng (10-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May, 9 ran.
Cool Baranca (GER) 5-2 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5th, went 4th after 4 out, challenged and not fluent 2 out, pressed leader last, kept on gamely to lead near finish, won at Wetherby 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Sharadiyn (11-9) by shd, 9 ran.
Dream Risk (FR) 5-1 (10-6) With leaders, lost place 4th, behind from 2 out, 4th of 7, 20l behind Mavalenta (10-6) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Nisaal (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out and outpaced, 5th of 12, 25l behind Heart Of Dubai (10-8) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Claude Carter 9-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, went 3rd 3 out, chased winner and switched left before last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Suprise Vendor (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Lisbon Lion (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Pressed leader until after 5th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Northern Acres (10-11) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd, 10 ran.
Lets Go Girls 16-1 (11-7) With leaders, left in lead 4th, headed when not fluent 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Mardood (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 13 ran.