Rookery Rebel won for the first time over fences in 16 attempts when scoring in testing ground at Down Royal last month and will do well to follow up under these different conditions. ANY BETS never figured on his latest start but had won at Cork before that and Oliver McKiernan's charge can take this with a similar effort. Boujis Bhoys has claims on his best form of last year and makes more appeal than Mahrajaan, who is 7lb higher than when scoring here in August.
Some Touch (IRE) 33-1 (9-13) Never better than mid-division, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Ponmeoath (10-9) at Cork 2m 4f Handicap Chase (9yo+) in Mar, 16 ran.
Mahrajaan (USA) 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, dropped to mid-division from 5 out, soon no impression, 13th of 16, well behind Tadhg (11-4) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Rookery Rebel (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, good headway to go 2nd before 3 out, driven along approaching 2 out, no impression when left clear and slightly hampered after last, kept on run-in, won at Down Royal 2m beg chase hvy in Mar beating Guts For Garters (11-7) by 4l, 9 ran.
Boujis Bhoys (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 2nd 4th, left in lead 5th, clear before 3 out, reduced advantage before 2 out, challenged last, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra, 4th of 8, 14l behind Mirador Del Conde (11-5) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Oct.
Any Bets (IRE) 11-2fav (11-3) Always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Jacks Island (10-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109.
Splurge (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 5th after 3 out, no impression from before straight, 8th of 13, 45l behind Jack Cool (11-2) at Limerick 2m hdl.
On Your Way 25-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, no impression under pressure in moderate 5th approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, 8th of 13, 39l behind Spill The Beans (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase gd.
Lady Rapido (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Led, slight mistake 6th, soon joined and headed, weakened approaching 3 out, 11th of 15, well behind Baily Rock (11-12) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chase.