Moville is probably better over fences and hasn't been seen since breaking a blood vessel at Listowel in June. Si C'Etait Vrai has some questions to answer after yet another lay-off and Swanfold looks out of his depth but the remaining trio all have a chance of sorts. Silver Friend was second to Waaheb over C&D last month while the once-useful Dancing Tornado was runner-up in a Naas handicap recently and has been knocking on the door again. But the weights appear to point to CAUSE OF CAUSES, who was second in the Galway Hurdle in August and would only need to reproduce that run here to score.
Dancing Tornado (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) In rear, went 7th entering straight, headway to go 3rd before last, kept on under pressure into 2nd run-in but no real impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Back In A Tic (10-7) at Naas 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Oct.
Moville (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Soon towards rear, mistake 6th, no extra and pulled up 5 out, burst blood vessel, in a race won by Any Bets (9-10) at Listowel 2m 3f hcp chs in Jun, 12 ran.
Cause Of Causes (USA) 5-2fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, effort between last 2, soon no extra, 6th of 10, 9l behind Kian's Delight (10-13) at Perth 2m ltd hcp hdl (2) sft in Aug.
Si C'etait Vrai (FR) 11-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th after 2 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace straight, 5th of 17, 7l behind Tornedo Shay (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl gs in May '11.
Silver Friend 12-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, close 2nd entering straight, soon ridden, kept on same pace in 2nd before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Waaheb (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft in Oct.
Swanfold (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon no extra, last of 6, 36l behind Free To Dream (10-13) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl in Oct.