Andreas Pride looked the winner when hitting the front at Killarney but found the 2m4f just beyond her so this trip looks ideal. Hilltop Tommy won a bumper here last May and has the potential to do well over timber though he hasn't run since February. Connaught Manor has a similar profile and has an even longer absence to overcome though that's rarely a problem for one of Willie Mullins' charges and he has to be respected. B L SWAGGER looked a very bright prospect for hurdling when storming to victory in a Clonmel bumper in June and it will be a surprise if he doesn't do well over timber so is taken to make a winning debut.
B L Swagger (IRE) 11-4fav (11-11) Made all, ordinary pace early, went clear into straight, stayed on well final 2 furlongs, comfortably, won at Clonmel 2m N H flat in Jun beating Truth Be Told (11-7) by 6l, 13 ran.
Connaught Manor (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, some modest progress from 3 out, ridden in 5th next, no extra, 4th of 8, 17l behind Jupitor (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Davie's Delight (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mostly 3rd, ev ch in 3rd 2out, no ex bef last until so flat & went 2nd cl home, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Shock N Freaney (12-0) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp gd in Jun.
Finan's Well (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Ld, hdd 3out, dropped to 3rd and no extra run-in, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Exit Legs It (11-4) at Stradbally 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Flatfoot Boogie (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Held up, headway 4th, ridden before 3 out, no extra approaching next, 4th of 8, 23l behind Waterford Star (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Hilltop Tommy (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, headway to join issue approaching straight, ridden in 2nd approaching 2 out where not fluent, dropped to 5th before last and no extra, 6th of 18, 7l behind Carhue (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Hipwells Mill (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Led and disputed early, headed 2nd, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th before 3 out, no impression from 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 26l behind Westhaven (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gf in Jul.
Kennedys Mor (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Mid div best, 6th 1/2way & b mstk 3out, fair 6th well bef 2out & no ex 2out, ko onepcd, 4th of 10, 14l behind Trafficker (12-0) at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Pals Leg (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Soon chased leaders, 4th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace approaching next, 4th of 16, 14l behind Fromthecloudsabove (10-9) at Wexford 3m mdn hdl gf in Jun.
Provincial Pride (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Towards rear, ridden and no impression after 3 out, 12th of 17, 34l behind Elegant Statesman (11-12) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in May.
Railway Storm (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th before straight, no extra from 3 out and weakened, 8th of 13, well behind Mossey Joe (11-10) at Killarney 2m 6f hts chs sft in May.
Run For Firth (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 3 out, no extra in 6th when hampered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Railway Icon (11-12) at Cork 3m mdn hdl gf in Jul, 22 ran.
The Shaughraun (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along in 13th after 4 out, no impression entering straight, left moderate 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 22, 18l behind Railway Icon (11-12) at Cork 3m mdn hdl gf in Jul.
Whitesfort Boy (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Rr mid div, prog in 6th 3out, further prog from 2out & closed bef last with ev ch brfly in 3rd, no ex flat, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Galeso (12-0) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp gd in Jun.
Andreas Pride (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, lost place briefly halfway, 4th 4 out, improved to 2nd entering straight, led before 3 out, ridden and challenged 2 out where slight mistake, ran around approaching last, headed run-in, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 18, 1l behind Golden Palm (10-13) at Killarney 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Jul.
Divine Steps (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, niggled along and lost place 6f out, soon no impression, 12th of 18, 31l behind Supreme Bailerina (11-2) at Limerick 2m 4f mrs N H flat gf in Jul.
Dromdeals Princess (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Waited with, not fluent 2nd, 11th approaching 7 out, no impression from before 3 out, fell last, in a race won by The Lady Granuaile (11-7) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs gf in Jul, 16 ran.
Killeena Star (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden and no extra 4 out, weakened, 11th of 22, 49l behind Railway Icon (11-12) at Cork 3m mdn hdl gf in Jul.
Kiltipford Lady (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 8th halfway and ridden along approaching 4 out, soon no extra and weakened, completely tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Thundering Steel (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl gd in May.
Love Milan (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Tr ldrs on inner, lost pl 5out, rr & pu3out, in a race won by Ballyadam Dancer (10-11) at Rathmorrissey 3m ire ptp sft in Mar, 16 ran.