A nice little race in prospect though Willie Mullins complicates matters with three entries and Henry De Bromhead has two. Brahma Bull is the choice of the champion trainer's trio and he just has the edge over stable companion Robin De Carlow on their running at Killarney. Dandy Mag made an impressive chasing bow when making all at Galway and looks a very smart recruit while Put The Kettle On has been a revelation for the De Bromhead camp, winning his last four. But Rachael Blackmore, who has been on board for three of those victories, has stuck with MOON OVER GERMANY. He was a Grade 3 winner at Aintree in April and impressive on his reappearance at Ballinrobe so looks the one to beat.
Brahma Bull (IRE) 5-2 (11-8) Led, clear before 2nd, not fluent at 6th, reduced advantage at 8th, pressed 2 out, ridden and kept on well run-in, asserted closing stages, won at Killarney 2m 5f gd in Aug beating Robin De Carlow (11-5) by 3l, 5 ran.
Dandy Mag (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Made all, ran freely, extended lead to 4 lengths at 9th, reduced advantage 2 out and strongly pressed after last, ridden over 1f out and kept on well to assert closing stages, won at Galway 2m 7f gd in Aug beating Early Doors (11-12) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Moon Over Germany (IRE) 13-8fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, disputed 2nd from 6th, jumped up to lead 5 out, asserted after 3 out, slight mistake and pressed 2 out, soon ridden, kept on strongly run-in, won at Ballinrobe 2m 1f sft in Aug beating Ordinary World (11-2) by 4 3/4l, 5 ran.
Put The Kettle On (IRE) Evensfav (11-3) Made all, took keen hold early, 3l lead when slight mistake 2 out, pushed along to maintain advantage after last, kept on well, won at Wexford 2m 4f gd in Sep beating Victoria Bay (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Robin De Carlow 4-7fav (11-5) Settled 3rd, 2nd to clear leader after 2nd, took closer order at 8th, not fluent 4 out, closed 3 out, challenged 2 out, switched right before last, ridden and switched left run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Brahma Bull (11-8) at Killarney 2m 5f gd in Aug.
Grey Waters (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Slight mistake 1st, soon raced in 4th, lost position briefly from 6th, pushed along approaching straight, 3rd 3 out, not match front pair from 2 out, not fluent and unseated rider last, at Roscommon 2m (1) hvy in Sep.
Champagne Classic (IRE) 5-4fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden approaching 2 out and went 2nd before last, under pressure and kept on run-in, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Chris's Dream (11-3) at Navan 3m (1) Yielding in Feb.