Mtada Supreme beat a strong field of cross-country performers in this a year ago, his second victory over the banks course, so his most recent form over regulation fences should be ignored. His trainer has an enviable record in these events and has four other runners with Ballyboker Bridge, another dual course winner, likely to prove best. Willie Mullins introduces new blood to the cross-country scene in BALLYCASEY. Now approaching twelve, he's won eleven times in all and has been chasing the likes of Un De Sceaux, Our Duke and Min around for the past couple of years. If he takes to the track he'll be very difficult to beat. Full Cry is another attempting this discipline for the first time and he's younger than most with recent winning form to his credit so has to be considered. Alan Fleming wouldn't have many cross-country performers in his yard and Hurricane Darwin did well for his trainer last season, finishing runner-up to regular winner Josies Orders here in April.
Amaulino (FR) 33-1 (10-6) Rear of mid-division, 12th after 7th, ridden after 2 out, no impression, kept on same pace run-in, 10th of 19, 16 1/2l behind Suinda (10-4) at Galway 2m 6f hcp Yielding in Oct.
Full Cry (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Prominent, improved to lead before 9th, headed and raced 3rd after 9th, every chance 2 out, no impression and dropped to 5th before last where left 4th, one paced, 4th of 16, 9 1/2l behind Spider Web (9-11) at Limerick 3m hcp gd in Oct.
Hurricane Darwin (IRE) 7-1 (12-3) Held up, 11th approaching 17th, soon closed, 4th before 2 out, chased winner from before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 8 1/2l behind Josies Orders (11-12) at Punchestown 3m sft in Apr.
Mtada Supreme (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders on outer, slight mistake 2nd, no impression from 5 out, pulled up before last, at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp gd in Nov.
Ballyboker Bridge (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) In rear, some progress into 7th at 22nd, 5th 5 out, soon ridden, moderate 5th 3 out, no impression on leaders next, went moderate 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 20 1/4l behind Auvergnat (12-7) at Punchestown 4m 1f Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Black Benny (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Always towards rear, never a factor, 7th of 10, 35 1/2l behind Pass The Ball (11-0) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp gd in Aug.
Lighting Tunes (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Ld & disp, ld 6th, hdd 3out, sn no extra, last of 5, 12 1/4l behind Star Wizard (12-2) at Castletown-Geoghegan 3m gf in Oct.
My Hometown (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Soon chased leaders, 5th at 4th, dropped to last approaching straight, no impression from 3 out, some headway and kept on without threatening from before last, 5th of 9, 7 1/4l behind Dark Outsider (11-2) at Cork 2m 1f hcp Yielding in Nov.
Vital Island (IRE) 5-2 (11-11) Tr ldrs, 5th 1/2way, lost touch from 7out, sn no extra, pu last, at Ballingarry 3m gd in Jun.
An Rinceoir Alainn (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Tr ldrs, 4th 1/2way, 3rd 3out, prog to ld app last, kow run-in, won at Tinahely 3m mdn gd in Oct beating Kiera Royale (11-11) by 3l, 7 ran.
Ballycasey (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Always last, trailing from 5th, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, last of 4, 26 1/2l behind Sub Lieutenant (11-0) at Punchestown 3m 1f (1) gd in Oct.