Last year's Fulke Walwyn runner-up Becauseicouldntsee made a decent return to hurdling at Listowel after his exploits in the Grand National and other staying chases and isn't out of this with his allowances. Ebazan has been badly out of form since landing a Ballinrobe maiden but SILVER TASSIE has progressed much better than Top Cat Henry since beaten narrowly by him at Wexford in July and looks the one to beat. Flanagans Field, a winner over this trip at Kilbeggan, found 2m too short at Listowel and could do better than the three recent winners.
Croghill Tuppence (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden in moderate 4th after 2 out (usual 3 out), closed up on inner into straight, led last and stayed on well run-in, won at Kilbeggan 2m 3f Conditional Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) gd in Aug beating Dancing Roe (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Fairy Court (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Soon tracked leaders, led approaching 3 out, pressed and joined when bad peck 2 out, just in front at last, stayed on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl gd in Aug beating Romeo Is Bleeding (11-4) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Flanagans Field (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Waited with, a bit awkward 4 out and niggled along, 3rd after next, under pressure before straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 21l behind Curley Bill (11-8) at Listowel 2m hdl in Sep.
Silver Tassie 12-1 (11-5) Waited with towards rear, closer order from before 3 out, 5th approaching straight, 4th 2 out, challenged and left in a dispute of lead from last, not match winner and kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 12, nk behind Lots Of Memories (10-9) at Listowel 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft in Sep.
Tisamystery (IRE) 13-8 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd halfway, ridden early straight and good jump to lead last, driven out to assert run-in, won at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl gf in Sep beating Super Cloud (10-11) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Top Cat Henry (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd briefly after 3 out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no extra in 6th 2 out, weakened, 9th of 17, 25l behind Blackwell Synergy (11-4) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl sft in Sep.
Ebazan (USA) 20-1 (10-11) Soon mid-division, 9th approaching 3 out, soon no extra, last of 12, well behind Lots Of Memories (10-9) at Listowel 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft in Sep.
Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Led until headed approaching 4th, soon drew clear with leader, ridden and not fluent 2 out, dropped to 3rd before last and no impression run-in, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Massini's Trap (10-8) at Listowel 2m nh nov hdl sft in Sep.
Qhilimar (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders early, niggled a bit 4th and dropped to 10th next, not a factor after, kept on same pace from 3 out, 7th of 12, 29l behind Lots Of Memories (10-9) at Listowel 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft in Sep.