Josies Orders won this in 2015 and has been a regular in these types of races for some time. He's twice been beaten in driving finishes by stable-companion Auvergnat this year, including in the La Touche here on Thursday and should have the beating of most of these rivals, many of who have already run this week. Willie Mullins doesn't have many runners in these races so THE CRAFTY BUTCHER is very interesting. A dual point-to-point winner, his form over regulation fences includes a close second in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown and if taking to this circuit he'll be very difficult to beat. Hurricane Darwin has been disappointing so far and was behind Josies Orders here in February and though Peter Maher has a fine record in these events Black Benny and Ballyboker Bridge have a lot to find.
Hurricane Darwin (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, some headway past beaten horses 4 out, hit next, soon outpaced, never reached leaders, weakened between last 2, pulled up before last, at Cheltenham 3m 6f (2) sft in Mar.
Fergiethelegend (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, weakened 5 out, soon no impression, 7th of 8, dist behind Luckyinmilan (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 7f hcp hvy in Mar.
Josies Orders (IRE) 5-2fav (11-7) Tracked clear leader disputing 2nd, left disputing lead 6 out, led on inner before 2 out, soon ridden, strongly pressed and joined at last, headed narrowly and briefly inside final furlong, rallied close home, headed on line, 2nd of 10, nk behind Auvergnat (12-7) at Punchestown 4m 1f Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Black Benny (IRE) 12-1 (12-2) Mid-div, took closer order 8out, smooth headway to ld 6out, ko well run-in, won at Stradbally 3m gs in Apr beating Ourmanmassini (11-11) by 6l, 12 ran.
Blue Templar (IRE) 7-4fav (11-7) Prominent, 3rd 6 out, ridden in 2nd 2 out, closer 2nd run-in, stayed on well and strongly pressed winner to line, all out, 2nd of 12, hd behind Just Wait And See (11-7) at Punchestown 3m Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Burning Issues (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Led, headed after 2nd, soon led again, asserted after 5th, clear at 7th, reduced advantage 4f out, headed and weakened before 2 out where mistake, pulled up before last, at Tramore 2m hcp hvy in Apr.
Mia's Milan (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, slight mistake 4th, 8th 6 out, ridden in 6th 3 out, 5th next, no extra in 4th when bad mistake at last, 4th of 12, 12 1/2l behind Just Wait And See (11-7) at Punchestown 3m Yielding - Soft in Apr.
My Hometown (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Led and clear, well clear halfway, reduced 7l advantage when fell 6 out, at Punchestown 4m 1f Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Sammy Black (GER) 20-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, pecked 16th, no impression after 5 out and moderate 7th after 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 22 1/4l behind Auvergnat (12-0) at Punchestown 3m hvy in Feb.
The Crafty Butcher (IRE) 11-2 (10-3) Rear of mid-division, 13th after 7th, pushed along to 11th at last, kept on well run-in, never on terms, 7th of 20, 14 3/4l behind Ballyegan Hero (9-11) at Galway 2m 7f hcp sft in Aug.
Tom Horn (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Always behind, never a factor, 7th of 10, dist behind Auvergnat (12-7) at Punchestown 4m 1f Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Vital Island (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th 6 out, ridden in 5th 3 out, 4th next, no impression, 5th of 12, 17 1/4l behind Just Wait And See (11-7) at Punchestown 3m Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Ballydarsi (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, slow jump at 9th, no impression when mistake and unseated rider 5 out (ruby's double), at Punchestown 3m Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Senators Glory (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, slight mistake 5th and mistakes 9th and 17th, ridden and no impression from 5 out, 6th of 12, 23 1/2l behind Just Wait And See (11-7) at Punchestown 3m Yielding - Soft in Apr.
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.