Dessie Hughes won this a year ago with Vic Venturi and Deal Done is likely to attract support on his return as he will be better suited by the trip than most. Whatuthink is one of those that would prefer further though the Irish National third has scored over two miles in the past. He was beaten fair and square by MR WARBUCKS over 2m2f at Thurles a year ago and the winner can confirm the form and take this. Changing Course and Macs Mandalus have fitness on their side but need further improvement against these promising rivals while the ex-French Pesoto has plenty to find with the principals on his form to date for Edward O'Grady.
Changing Course (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Soon led and clear, ridden after 4 out, reduced lead before 2 out, soon headed and no impression, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 5l behind King High (11-5) at Tramore 2m 6f chs fm in Aug.
Deal Done (FR) 12-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 4th 7 out, no extra from 5 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Chasing Cars (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 5f nov chs gd in Apr, 18 ran.
Hangover (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Never a factor, eased when beaten after 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 19, well behind Palace Merano (9-10) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-140 gd in Apr.
Macs Mandalus 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to close 2nd after 6 out, improved to lead 4 out, ridden and challenged passing last, disputed close home, just held on, won at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs gf in Aug beating So Determined (11-7) by hd, 15 ran.
Mr Warbucks (IRE) 5-4fav (11-9) Raced in 3rd, took closer order 3 out, 2nd and ridden to challenge 2 out, every chance, no impression from last, kept on, 2nd of 3, 2l behind Bostons Angel (11-12) at Cork 2m 2f hdl sft in Jan.
Pesoto (FR) 7-2 (11-5) Held up, progress into moderate 4th 5 out, pushed along and no impression next, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Zaarito (11-5) at Naas 2m 4f nov chs sft in Mar.
Whatuthink (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Close up, on terms 10th, headed from 5 out, remained prominent until no impression from 3 out, 5th of 8, 23l behind Kempes (11-10) at Punchestown 3m 1f nov chs G1 gd in Apr.
Leanne (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, dropped to rear before halfway, pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Maid Of Malabar (10-11) at Cork 2m 4f chs gf in May, 13 ran.