Usuel Smurfer looks likely to make a bold bid on his handicap debut as it was fast ground at Downpatrick last month when he landed a maiden hurdle in good style. Twin Plan is only 3lb higher than when scoring at Ayr in April but may prefer some cut in the ground and the last comment also applies to Sebadee. The inconsistent Spring Hawk has bits of form that could see him figure but IMPERIAL SHABRA makes most appeal. Pat O'Brady's charge can race off a lower mark over timber and nearly took advantage when runner-up at Roscommon last month. He's taken to go one better in what looks a less competitive contest with Dark Prospect perhaps proving best of the rest.
Sebadee (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, no extra under pressure from before straight, kept on same pace, 8th of 16, 14l behind Golden Kite (10-6) at Roscommon 3m hcp chs gf in Jun.
Twin Plan (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders, good progress to lead travelling well after 3 out, clear next, not fluent last and drifted left run-in, headed closing stages, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Toye Native (11-3) at Down Royal 2m hdl gf in Jun.
Ainm Spartacus (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Soon led, headed before 4 out, no extra and pulled up after next, in a race won by Coole Avenue (11-2) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens30 sft in Oct, 16 ran.
Blazing Beacon (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Chased leaders early, weakened to rear halfway, pulled up before 7 out, in a race won by Klepht (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs sft in Apr, 14 ran.
Eagle's Pass (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 5 out, weakened, 15th of 16, well behind Cnoc Na Sioga (10-7) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in May.
Usuel Smurfer (FR) 7-4fav (11-4) Raced in 2nd, on terms and led from 4 out, went clear from before last, stayed on well run-in, easily, won at Downpatrick 2m 6f mdn hdl gf in Jun beating Killough Kin (11-4) by 13l, 12 ran.
Doctor Deejay (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, no extra 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Coolnagorna Giggs (11-9) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gf in Jun, 13 ran.
Shabra Charity (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Soon tracked leader in 2nd, ridden in 2nd 3 out, no impression before next, kept on one paced, 5th of 7, 28l behind Rathlin (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 6f chs gf in May.
Spring Hawk (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Soon raced 3rd of the 4, slight mistake 4 out, got great run on inner on bend after 3 out, challenged in 2nd next, got tightened for room on inner and checked into straight, 3rd and kept on same pace under pressure from last, 3rd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Dysart Dancer (11-9) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hdl gf in Jun.
Gabriel Brandy (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, never a factor, 13th of 17, well behind Usa (11-1) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Jun.
Whatever It Takes (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, slight mistake and pushed along 4 out, ridden in 5th 3 out, weakened entering straight, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Burrenbridge Lodge (11-5) at Listowel 2m 4yo hcp hdl hvy in Sep.
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Led and soon clear of remainder with 2nd, slight mistake 6th, reduced lead from 4 out, pressed straight, headed last, kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Cara's Oscar (11-6) at Roscommon 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gs in Jun.
Dark Prospect 7-1 (11-3) Mid-division, 12th early, no extra 3 out, 16th of 19, well behind Shanpallas (10-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd in May.
Golan Go (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Towards rear, niggled along 6th, improved into moderate 3rd after 2 out (usual 3 out), soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 24l behind Gudnis Gracious Me (10-8) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in Jun.
Any Bets (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) In rear, last halfway, some modest late headway from 3 out, never nearer, 7th of 19, 11l behind Alexander Leaving (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Jun.