Edredon Bleu, War Of Attrition and Sizing Europe are among recent winners and this year's turnout looks well up to standard. Ruby Walsh has picked ARVIKA LIGEONNIERE over Mikael D'haguenet and though last year's triple Grade 1 winning novice has stronger opposition to face he is expected to take high rank among chasers this season, starting here. Despite having won 11 of his 31 starts, Mikael D'Haguenet has become extremely disappointing over fences but Paul Townend gets on well with him and he arrives with all the allowances possible. After looking a potential superstar when easily accounting for Joncol in the 2011 John Durkan, Rubi Light hasn't hit those kind of lights subsequently though he'll be better for a recent run behind Sizing Europe at Gowran. Foildubh has been hurdling in a bid to recapture the sort of form that saw him land a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse in April while Texas Jack and Toner D'Oudairies ran well behind Rolling Aces at Down Royal, though both have something to find.
Rubi Light (FR) 4-1 (11-10) Attempted to make all, pressed on from 5 out, reduced lead and pressed 3 out, soon narrowly headed, no impression and kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Sizing Europe (11-10) at Gowran Park 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Foildubh (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Chased leader in 2nd, led 3 out, disputed briefly entering straight, challenged 2 out and soon ridden, strongly pressed last, headed run-in, no extra in 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Time To Work (10-11) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 0-150.
Arvika Ligeonniere (FR) 7-2fav (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, led from 4 out, travelling well and went clear entering straight, pushed out and stayed on strongly run-in, easily, won at Punchestown 2m nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Apr beating Oscars Well (11-10) by 10l, 9 ran.
Texas Jack (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, pushed along into 4th before 2 out, ridden and no impression 2 out, left 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Rolling Aces (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) sft.
Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 6-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway into 4th 3 out, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, no impression leaders before last, left 2nd, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Rolling Aces (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) sft.
Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 4-5fav (11-12) Led, not fluent 3 out and headed, struggling from before next, soon no impression in 3rd, left 2nd and badly hampered last, 2nd of 3, 37l behind Grey Gold (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs hvy in Apr.