This will take some getting but the trip shouldn't be a problem for Ipsos Du Berlais, who makes his handicap debut over fences on a 6lb lower mark than over timber. Ruby Walsh has chosen Rockyaboya over Themoonandsixpence but, though his mount is progressive, he's only had two starts over fences. Wise Oscar won't mind the ground nor marathon trip but he's now on his highest-ever mark while the veteran Bob Lingo hasn't been running well, though he's 4lb lower than when landing last year's Galway Plate. TARQUINIUS hasn't run since the Grand National but he was in excellent form at this time a year ago and, in the hope he's fit enough, he's handed the vote in a very tough contest.
Bob Lingo (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Soon prominent chasing clear leader, not fluent 1st, not fluent 5 out, soon no extra, 14th of 15, well behind Double Seven (11-4) at Limerick 3m gd in Oct.
Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 7-4fav (11-12) won at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chs sft in Oct beating Ocean Bright (11-2) by nk, 8 ran.
Tom Horn (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Mid-division, hampered 5th and not fluent next and pushed along briefly, 9th before halfway, closed up on outer from 9th, not fluent 6 out, closer in 3rd from 3 out, no extra and kept on same pace from before next, 9th of 15, 22l behind Double Seven (11-4) at Limerick 3m gd in Oct.
Wise Oscar (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, almost on terms 4 out, disputed from next, every chance and wandered a bit before 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 11l behind Double Seven (11-4) at Limerick 3m gd in Oct.
Tarquinius (FR) 100-1 (10-2) Mid-division, chased leaders 17th, ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 8th of 40, 48l behind Auroras Encore (10-3) at Aintree 4m 3f (1) gs in Apr.
Themoonandsixpence (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Chased leaders in 5th well off strong pace, closer 4 out, ridden and no impression 2 out, went 4th before last and kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 12l behind Minella For Value (11-5) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f chs gd in Sep.
Fisher Bridge (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 4th 4 out, ridden entering straight, no impression before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 13l behind Shot From The Hip (10-13) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs gd in Aug.
Carrigeen Lechuga (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) In rear when fell heavily 1st, in a race won by Fantastic Gold (11-0) at Thurles 2m 2f gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Caduceus (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, not much room and fell 5 out (normal 6 out), in a race won by Count Salazar (10-13) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Oct, 14 ran.
Rockyaboya (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) Soon chased leaders, slight mistake 5th and niggled along briefly, lost place into straight, soon no impression, 10th of 18, 12l behind The Crafty Butcher (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl in Sep.
Another Palm (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Attempted to make all, headed 2 out, soon no extra, 5th of 11, 7l behind Minella For Value (11-11) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct.
Carry Each Other (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders on outer, 4th halfway, no extra and dropped towards rear before 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Goonyella (10-0) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Apr, 19 ran.
Tinakellylad (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before
Zardsky (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Prominent, ridden in moderate 5th 6 out, no extra 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mr Cracker (11-5) at Listowel 2m 3f hcp chs gd in Jun, 18 ran.
Oscars Business (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Settled in mid-division, 9th halfway, travelling well approaching straight, soon ridden and no impression in 8th before 2 out, soon weakened and pulled up run-in, dismounted, in a race won by Goonyella (10-0) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Apr, 19 ran.
Unoccupied 8-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, bumped at 2nd, 2nd approaching straight, not much room and switched right inside final furlong, no impression and kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Count Salazar (10-13) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Oct.
Prosperity Square (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Soon mid-division, 6th before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 6th of 11, 10l behind Minella For Value (11-11) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct.
Sword Fish (IRE) 9-4fav (11-6) Waited with, squeezed along as early as 2nd, reminders after 5th, moderate 8th after 7th, poor 5th from 3 out, some progress before next but no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 33l behind One Fine Morning (10-3) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Oct.