Having Nightmares finally won a point-to-point on her eleventh start between the flags but has been tailed off on both starts over regulation fences. Souvenir Royal has shown the occasional glimpse of ability but not for some time while Royal Sam was beaten a distance over hurdles at Bellewstown last week. Jakros has had problems with his jumping but this small field may enable him to take more care at his fences though he'll do well to contain THE GREAT SHANGHAI. He gradually improved between the flags and made a winning debut under Rules in a Cork maiden hurdle before a cracking effort in a similar event to this at Galway. He was very well supported but just failed to hold Tabhachtach on that occasion and this should prove well within his capabilities.
Having Nightmares (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Tabhachtach (11-2) at Galway 2m 1f beg chs sft.
Jakros (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Mid-division, headway in 4th 3 out, 2nd travelling well before straight, mistake 2 out, soon ridden in 3rd and no extra, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Baresi (11-7) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs sft.
Royal Sam (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Waited with, closed to chase leaders from 4 out, 7th before straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 6th of 12, well behind Uponthe Hoof (11-4) at Bellewstown 3m mdn hdl.
Souvenir Royal (FR) 22-1 (11-12) Soon led, mistake and headed 6 out, no extra from 4 out, 13th of 23, 38l behind Bourbon Ellie (10-12) at Cork 3m mdn hdl in Jul.
The Great Shanghai (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, dropped to 7th 4 out, ridden into 5th entering straight, kept on well final furlong to press winner close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Tabhachtach (11-2) at Galway 2m 1f beg chs sft.