Willie Mullins had half-a-dozen entries at the early stage and relies on UNIC DE BERSY, who should be good enough. A winning point-to-pointer, he landed a Tipperary bumper in fine style in May and is expected to take high rank among novice hurdlers this season. The Job Is Right has been unfortunate not to lose his maiden tag over timber and, though likely to be suited by further in time, he'll ensure a stiff test of stamina and should make the frame. Dun Scaith has been making steady progress and started favourite for a similar race at Thurles last week but found Gold Patrol just too strong. He'll need to settle better here and though B L Swagger landed a bumper on this track in June he is untested over this trip on ground with give.
B L Swagger (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Led early, headed after 1st and chased leader, regained narrow lead 4 out, slight mistake and pushed along next, soon headed, ridden entering straight, no extra from 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 17, 11l behind Araku Valley (10-13) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
The Job Is Right 11-4 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, slight mistake 6 out and pushed along briefly, improved to 2nd after 5 out, pushed along approaching 3 out where hampered, ridden in 4th next, stayed on to 3rd last, kept on run-in, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Rightdownthemiddle (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl in Oct.
Unic De Bersy (FR) 2-1fav (12-0) Mid-division, headway in 5th 3f out, improved to challenge under 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong, won at Tipperary 2m 2f N H flat hvy in May beating Ashford Wood (12-0) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Bective Cave (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, moderate 11th before halfway, some headway but no impression approaching straight, kept on same pace, 7th of 16, 25l behind Bishopslough (11-4) at Thurles 2m gd in Oct.
Dun Scaith (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Led, challenged after 2 out and headed under pressure approaching last, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Gold Patrol (11-1) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl gd.
Gort An Chnoic (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Led, headed before 2nd, 2nd halfway, 6th 3 out, ridden entering straight, no extra 2 out, kept on one pace, 9th of 20, 13l behind The Tullow Tank (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Grey Chimneys (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Led or disputed lead, ran green, headed before 5th and remained prominent until 3 out, no extra in 6th entering straight, 6th of 15, 28l behind Gallant Tipp (11-12) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Knockrea (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, led after 3f, ridden and strongly pressed 3f out, headed 2 1/2f out, no extra and kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 25l behind Moonshine Lad (11-9) at Down Royal 2m N H flat sft.
Leavethelighton (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Settled behind leaders, 8th 8f out, headway into 4th 4f out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no extra in 4th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 19, 9l behind Star Counsel (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 4f N H flat gd in Oct.
Lukes Hill (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, no threat from 3 out, weakened, 12th of 15, well behind Gallant Tipp (11-12) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Massinis Adventure (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Led, slight mistake and headed 6 out, lost place next, ridden and weakened before 4 out, completely tailed off, last of 8, well behind Rightdownthemiddle (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl in Oct.
Milan Ridge (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, moderate 9th before halfway, closer in 7th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 22l behind Bishopslough (11-4) at Thurles 2m gd in Oct.
Once In A Lifetime (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, reminders 2nd, no impression before 5 out, 13th of 16, well behind Bendanella (11-4) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Wicklow Gold (FR) 7-1 (11-4) Went left 2nd, towards rear, no danger approaching 4 out, kept on, 7th of 16, well behind Cherish The Pear (10-11) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in May.
Wrath (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Chsd ldrs, 3rd & mstk 8th, wknd 10th & bhnd when pu bef 6out, in a race won by Devils Boys (11-4) at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gf in May, 17 ran.
Leahs Melody (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Towards rear, soon behind and never a factor, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Gilt Shadow (11-9) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl.