The previous six renewals haven't produced a winning favourite but BOXER GEORG can halt the trend. Willie Mullins' charge was a brilliant runner-up to Baby Run in the Fox Hunters' at Aintree last year and anything like that form would easily be good enough for this. The lightly-raced No Notions made his debut at this level a year ago and ran well behind Good Egg so with progress likely he could prove a threat along with Mountain Lough, who has been in good form between the flags. Embracing Change has the bonus of Derek O'Connor in the saddle and he won at Kilfeacle a couple of weeks ago though his overall form can't match that of the selection.
Balaic Storm (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, fell 10th, in a race won by Merchant Royal (12-0) at Thurles 3m hts chs sft in Jan, 13 ran.
Boxer Georg (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Chased leaders early, 7th halfway, no impression in 9th 5 out, ridden into moderate 8th 2 out, 7th last, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 21l behind Salsify (11-9) at Punchestown 3m 1f hts chs gd in May.
Come On Flash (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Mid-div, 6th 1/2way, ko well to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 7l behind The Flying Column (12-0) at Kilfeacle 3m ire ptp sft in Jan.
Embracing Change (IRE) 10-3 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 5th 1/2way, 2nd 2out, ld next, kow run-in, won at Kilfeacle 3m ire ptp sft in Jan beating Carry Each Other (12-0) by 3l, 8 ran.
Gold Ducat (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, moderate 4th approaching 7 out, no extra approaching 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 13, well behind Merchant Royal (12-0) at Thurles 3m hts chs sft in Jan.
Its Only A Mist (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Ld, 10l adv at 7th, red adv 6out, hdd 4out, ld again 3out, 2l adv 2out & slow last, just held on cl home, won at Avaune 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Mayo Calling (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Alw pr, rdn in cl 3rd 4out, sn no ex, ko, 4th of 7, 6l behind Footy Facts (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec.
Mountain Lough (IRE) 7-4 (12-0) Ww rr mid div, 7th 1/2way, prog bef 4out, ld 2out & 2l adv gng best bef last, so, won at Killeagh 3m ire ptp gs in Jan beating Cork Twenty Ten (11-4) by 3l, 10 ran.
Nevada Knight (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Ld/disp, ld from 7th until 1 1/2l adv when fell 6out, in a race won by Perce Rock (12-0) at Dungarvan 3m ire ptp gd in Jan, 17 ran.
No Notions (IRE) 7-2 (10-8) Mid-division, 11th halfway, 7th 6 out, headway into moderate 3rd entering straight, closed on leader in 2nd 2 out, ridden and no extra before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 9l behind Good Egg (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hts chs hvy in Feb '11.
Supreme Doc (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Mid div, prog in 7th bef 3out, cl 6th bef 2out, ko one pcdin 4th early flat, 4th of 17, 6l behind Perce Rock (12-0) at Dungarvan 3m ire ptp gd in Jan.
Wild Salmon (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Mid div best, 6th 1/2way, cl 5th & btn bef 3out, wknd, 5th of 13, 18l behind Bowfinger (11-4) at Boulta 3m ire ptp sft in Nov.
Zardsky (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Trkd ldr in 2nd, ld from 8th, hdd brfly aftr 4out, disp from 3out until ld bef last, so best up flat, won at Dungarvan 3m ire ptp gd in Jan beating Ring Ben (11-4) by 3l, 13 ran.
Bleudawn (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chsd ldrs in 4th until fair 5th aftr 5out, mod 5th from 3out & 4th bef last until 5th up cl home, 5th of 17, 26l behind The Blarney Rose (11-4) at Killeagh 3m ire ptp gs in Jan.