Tommy Carberry has won this twice in the past six years and will be looking to make it three via PEAK RAIDER, whose recent narrow defeats at Sligo and Galway, the latter when caught on the line over that extended two miles, suggest he is ready to gain his first success over fences. The progressive Kimberlite King probably needs further and along with Barneys Honour and Silent Creek returns after a long break while Knocknagow Leader isn't the best of jumpers and had to survive a bad mistake to score at Sligo last time. Mighty Massini won at the meeting a year ago but he's another with an absence to overcome while the handicapper appeared to have overreacted in giving Jigalo a 14lb rise for his victory at Gowran.
Mighty Massini (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, mistake 7th, reminder after next, behind 9th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Nedzer's Return (11-3) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Jigalo (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Raced 3rd, improved to dispute lead on outer 2 out, soon ridden, headed entering straight, weakened before last, 3rd of 4, 14l behind Aitmatov (11-10) at Punchestown 2m hdl gd in Oct.
Silent Creek (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Fell 1st, in a race won by Sang Bleu (9-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Apr, 13 ran.
I Hear A Symphony (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Mid-division, ridden into 7th 2 out, no extra entering straight, kept on one pace, 9th of 20, 12l behind Kaiser So Say (11-0) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Oct.
Kimberlite King (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Prominent on outer, 3rd halfway, 2nd 4 out, ridden from 2 out, 3rd and no extra when almost refused and unseated rider last, in a race won by Sang Bleu (9-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Apr, 13 ran.
Another Ambition (IRE) 7-4fav (11-5) Rear of mid-division, progress in 8th before straight, struggling in 5th when fell last, in a race won by Clarkey (10-11) at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gd in Sep, 16 ran.
Clarkey (IRE) 7-2fav (10-13) 3rd early, dropped to 6th 6 out, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 9, 41l behind Duers (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct.
Knocknagow Leader (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Close up, led from 4th, bad mistake 6th, ridden from 2 out, clear after last, kept on well, won at Sligo 2m 1f beg chs in Sep beating Second Glance (11-5) by 3l, 14 ran.
Rookery Rebel (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway into close 6th when mistake 3 out, ridden and went 3rd after next, no impression from before last and kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Keelaghan (10-8) at Cork 2m hcp chs gd in Oct.
Barneys Honour (IRE) 10-3 (9-12) Held up in touch, progress into 4th 5 out, 2nd 4 out, soon led, clear 3 out, strongly pressed from last, all out, won at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Apr beating Old Shyan (9-11) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Francis Du Mesnil (FR) 3-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression from 3 out, one pace, 6th of 12, 29l behind Sainte Kadette (11-3) at Wexford 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 8Evens09 in Oct.
Peak Raider (IRE) 5-2 (10-11) Mid-division early, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, improved to challenge early straight, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 8, shd behind Mirador Del Conde (11-5) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Oct.