Shield won a Leopardstown bumper in March and ran well on the Flat at the Curragh last month. Blow The Doors Off landed a Sligo bumper in May and there was plenty to like about his first start over hurdles at Galway last month when runner-up to Very Wood. Valmy Baie has already had four runs over timber in France and has joined Gordon Elliott after an excellent second at Enghien in February. Valseur Lido landed a bumper in France a year ago over 1m4f and will be much better suited by this stiffer test while Katie T should go well after a decent effort here a fortnight ago. VOLUPTUEUX showed the benefit of his opening run when well supported in a bumper at Limerick and coming home in fine style. He's given the nod in a race that should produce plenty of future winners.
Blow The Doors Off 4-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders, 2nd approaching 3 out, pushed along before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Very Wood (11-7) at Galway 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Cappagh Castle (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, ridden and no extra before 4 out, weakened and tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind The Game Changer (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.
Federici 16-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along before straight, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 13l behind The Game Changer (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.
Kylestyle (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Raced in 5th, no impression under pressure into straight, no extra from 1f out, 6th of 10, 14l behind The Winkler (11-3) at Galway 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Oct.
Long House Saint (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway into 6th 3 out, improved to challenge entering straight, ridden in 2nd approaching last where mistake, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Ange Balafre (11-7) at Wexford 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Oryx Falcon (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Park Athlete.
Plastiki 25-1 (9-2) Chased leaders at ordinary pace, no extra from 2f out, 15th of 17, 33l behind Tin Town Boy (8-4) at Galway 1m 4f hcp 50-80 sft in Aug (flat).
Seven Acres (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Mid div, still bhnd ldrs when fell 3out, in a race won by Didyouno (11-9) at Ballinaboola 3m ire ptp gd, 13 ran.
Shield (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, lost place over 3f out, soon weakened, 17th of 23, 40l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
The Mad Well (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, hampered 1st, slight mistake and reminder 2nd, slight mistake 3rd, soon rear of mid-division, ridden in moderate 7th and no impression 4 out, no extra, 6th of 11, 43l behind The Game Changer (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.
Valmy Baie (FR) (10-5) 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Polidam (10-7) at Enghien(FR) 2m 2f 4yo hdl hvy in Feb.
Valseur Lido (FR) 6-1 (9-10) won at Lyon-Parilly(FR) 1m 4f 3yo nhf in Nov '12 beating Virca De Thaix (9-13) by nk, 10 ran.
Voluptueux (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Waited with, soon rear of mid-division, closer in 6th approaching straight, 3rd 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, drifted a bit left closing stages, won at Limerick 2m N H flat gd in Oct beating Belle Indigo (10-10) by 5l, 16 ran.
Katie T (IRE) 13-2 (10-11) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, closer in 3rd 4 out, ridden into 2nd 2 out, pressed winner when mistake last, kept on same pace run-in, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 11, 2l behind The Game Changer (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.