PLINTH will be at very short odds here and it's easy to see why. A decent handicapper on the Flat, he's surpassed that form over hurdles with a runners-up spot behind Abbyssial in the Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown the obvious highlight. There shouldn't be a serious rival but Ningbo Express will probably follow him home and should be winning a little maiden somewhere in the near future. Hazy Days has yet to win in 13 starts including two over timber so it could be Rufino who snatches the minor spot as he showed a bit of potential in a Fairyhouse bumper.
Plinth (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, closer in 7th 3 out, soon ridden, moderate 7th after 2 out, progress into moderate 2nd at last, kept on without threatening winner run-in, 2nd of 13, 7l behind Abbyssial (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1).
Hazy Days 14-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden before straight, no extra 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 10l behind Sharjah (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Rufino (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden into 6th entering straight, no impression over 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 20l behind Moon Racer (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m NH flat in Apr.
Whatareudoingtome (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Soon tracked leaders, not fluent 4 out, dropped to moderate 7th and no extra from next, 8th of 18, well behind Indian Icon (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl.
Ningbo Express (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Towards rear, pushed along after 4 out in moderate 5th, moderate 4th 3 out and no extra, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 23l behind Little King Robin (11-2) at Killarney 2m 1f hdl.