Despite an absence since falling at the last in the race won by Blackstairmountain here in January, PERFECT SMILE is the obvious form pick having earlier finished a close second to the smart Stonemaster, also on this track. A slight concern is the ground as he has never raced on anything other than soft or heavy but his overall form gives him the edge. The going won't be a problem for Crom Abu, who has run three really good races this year including on fast ground at Limerick in July. Luddsdenene missed an opportunity at Wexford's abandoned meeting on Sunday and this looks tougher while the progressive Ross Na Righ looks the type to do better over further.
Crom Abu (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) In touch, 8th halfway, 5th 2 out, 4th and challenged approaching last, no impression run-in, 4th of 23, 3 1/2l behind Inspector Clouseau (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd.
Epic Hero (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra entering straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 22, 26l behind Bullock Harbour (11-11) at Punchestown 2m 1f N H flat gf in May.
Mister Jim Jim (IRE) 50-1 (11-8) Towards rear, kept on same pace from 5f out, 17th of 30, well behind Our Matti (11-9) at Navan 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec '07.
Monroe Park (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Reluctant going to start, chased leaders mainly 6th, hung under pressure in straight, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 13l behind Captain Paulie (11-11) at Cork 2m N H flat gf.
Perfect Smile (IRE) 4-5fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, improved to 2nd 2 out, ridden in 3rd and no extra before last where fell, in a race won by Blackstairmountain (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Jan, 17 ran.
Ross Na Righ (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd travelling well approaching straight, no impression under pressure from 2 out, 3rd and kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 16, 4l behind Taking Stock (11-12) at Killarney 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in May.
Wise Oscar (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Mid-division, mistake 5 out, no impression from 3 out, 10th of 15, well behind Page One Two Nine (11-4) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Audrelles Dream (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden and weakened 8f out, completely tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Jakros (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd.
Hold Your Breath (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Towards rear, kept on same pace from 3f out, 10th of 22, 29l behind Our Victoria (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 2f mares n h flat gd.
Ten Pinhal (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, no extra from under 6f out, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Tear Drops (11-6) at Wexford 2m mrs N H flat gd in Aug.
Luddsdenene (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Led, ridden and disputed after 3 out, headed before 2 out, no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 20, 16l behind Hidden Cyclone (11-12) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl.