This should prove a thriller between the impressive bumper winners THE PAPARRAZI KID, who is handed the vote, and Lord Of Lords. The former was a long odds-on chance for his debut at Navan in December and won by 15 lengths but was surprisingly beaten at similar odds by Rory O'Moore at Naas in February where he didn't appear to find much when coming off the bridle. However, the winner has proved himself very useful and Willie Mullins' charge should have strengthened up during the summer. Lord Of Lords attracted strong support for his debut at Navan in March when trained by Helena Keaveney. He sauntered home by 23 lengths that day and though the form hasn't been boosted he's obviously an exciting prospect and has joined Edward O'Grady. Dushybeag looks the best of those with experience over timber though his best effort came when a close third in a bumper here in September, while Clara Bel La has shown a bit of promise in bumpers and on the Flat and has a very strong jumping pedigree.
Lord Of Lords (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Settled behind leaders in 6th, good headway into 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, impressively, won at Navan 2m N H flat in Mar beating Arlberg Express (12-0) by 23l, 8 ran.
The Paparrazi Kid (IRE) 2-5fav (11-10) Chased clear leader in 2nd, closed early straight and travelled best to lead over 1f out, soon ridden and headed under pressure closing stages, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Rory O'Moore (11-4) at Naas 2m N H flat sft in Feb.
Dushybeag (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden entering straight, no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 31l behind Bonisland (11-8) at Down Royal 2m 6f mdn hdl gd.
Known Witness (IRE) Witness Box gelding out of Tramorekaska.
Marjesjoh (IRE) Salford Express gelding out of Blue Pearl.
All The Way Home (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 16, 19l behind Blossom Gate (10-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Clara Bel La (IRE) 5-2fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, ridden into 5th 2f out, 4th and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace into 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Truckin All Night (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat in Aug.
Lady Boulea (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 18th of 24, well behind What An Flyer (11-7) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl in Apr.
Selene Moon (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 6th approaching 4 out, no extra from next, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind American Flyer (10-11) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct.