DREAM CRUSHER won a point-to-point last month by a distance and almost repeated the trick over hurdles at Thurles last week. Not surprisingly the assessor has taken revenge and raised him 14lb but he won so easily that he can defy the extra burden. Last Time D'albain and Followmeuptocarlow finished 1-2 in a Punchestown handicap a year ago and though both are returning from long absences they are perfectly capable of making their presence felt, while World Citizen has continued to run well after beating the in-form Go Paddy Go at Ballinrobe. Alf Wright has had a break since scoring at Tramore in August and can go well along with Presenting Beara, who was making his handicap debut when scoring at Punchestown - his 7lb rise is almost taken care of by Brian Hayes' claim.
A Fine Young Man (IRE) 7-2fav (9-12) Chased leaders, slight mistake 4th, very slow jump 7 out and ridden, lost place from after 5 out, no extra from before straight, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Protaras (10-9) at Cork 2m hcp chs 0-140 sft.
Concrete And Clay 12-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, mistake 4 out, ridden early straight and 10th 2 out, kept on one pace without troubling leaders, 6th of 18, 7l behind Spacious Sky (10-2) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-116.
Brian Who (IRE) 7-1fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway and carried wide after 4 out, ridden in 10th entering straight, no impression in 8th last, kept on run-in, shared 4th on line, 4th of 25, 4l behind Beau Michael (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f sft in Apr.
Followmeuptocarlow (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, close 5th 3 out, headway into close 2nd after next, ridden to lead before last, well clear at last, tired badly late on run-in and headed close home, 3rd of 22, 1l behind Acapulco (11-4) at Punchestown 3m hvy in Apr.
Alf Wright (IRE) 10-3 (11-6) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, improved to 3rd after 3 out, led 2 out and soon ridden, slight mistake last, strongly pressed run-in, all out, won at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Aug beating Line View (11-6) by nk, 11 ran.
Kilmainham (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Towards rear for most, ridden after 4 out, soon no impression, 17th of 25, 34l behind Beau Michael (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f sft in Apr.
Mister First (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, some progress 5 out, 7th next, soon ridden, left 6th 2 out, 5th when left 4th at last, no extra, 4th of 13, 19l behind Tinakellylad (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130.
El Fontan (FR) 16-1 (11-10) Chased clear leaders, closer in 5th halfway, pushed along entering straight and soon dropped towards rear, weakened, 15th of 18, 24l behind Spacious Sky (10-2) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-116.
Presenting Beara (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, went 3rd before 2 out, ridden and headway to dispute last, kept on under pressure run-in and led on line, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 beating More Madness (11-1) by ns, 15 ran.
Strongpoint (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Tracked leader, hit 3rd, led 6th, not fluent 10th, headed next, no chance with winner from 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Scotch Warrior (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jul.
Battling Boru (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, pushed along and no impression in moderate 11th after 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 15, well behind Presenting Beara (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109.
Croghill Tuppence (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, ridden in last 4 out, no impression next, weakened, last of 7, 45l behind Silver Tassie (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft in Oct.
Bose Ikard (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 8th, 5th 4 out, lost place next, no extra approaching straight, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Questions Answered (10-7) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl.
Akatara (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Always rear, pushed along and no impression after 2 out, kept on one pace in straight, last of 5, 14l behind Hurricane Fly (11-10) at Punchestown 2m hdl G1 (1).
Jewel Star (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Held up, 8th halfway, headway into 5th after 3 out, ridden in 4th before straight, closer 2 out, under pressure in 5th before last where slight mistake, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 6l behind Questions Answered (11-0) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 8Evens23.
Last Time D'albain (FR) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, blundered and rider lost iron 6th, headway 14th, chased leaders 3 out, ridden flat, stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 29, 6l behind Triolo D'Alene (10-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr.
Mic Milano (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Towards rear, pushed along in rear after 4 out and soon pulled up, in a race won by Green Thirty Two (10-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gf in Aug, 15 ran.
World Citizen (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Soon tracked leaders, closed into 2nd approaching straight, challenged and disputed lead 2 out, headed last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Emily Gray (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m 4f.
Vaxalco (FR) 14-1 (10-13) Settled in rear of mid-division, headway early straight and 7th 2 out, went 5th when pecked on landing last and lost irons, kept on under pressure run-in, 3rd of 22, 3/4l behind Pint Of Porter (9-10) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109.
Doctor Jim (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, ridden 3 out, no impression, 12th of 13, 22l behind Director's Forum (11-7) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109.
Dream Crusher (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Settled in mid-division, progress 4 out and went 2nd before straight, led approaching 2 out and soon clear, stayed on well, won at Thurles 2m 6f cond hcp hdl 80-95 beating Bank Bonus (11-2) by 10l, 17 ran.
Bonheur Secret (FR) 20-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression before 3 out, weakened, 17th of 19, well behind Mrs Mac Veale (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.
Tipped Up Harry 5-1 (10-12) Always prominent, mistake 4th, improved to lead before 3 out, ridden from next and strongly pressed, headed entering straight, dropped to 3rd before last, no extra, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Wilde Sapphire (10-12) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Lion Na Bearnai (IRE) 40-1 (11-11) Towards rear, blundered 7 out, tailed off when pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Shabra's Bertolini (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led briefly 3 out, soon weakened, last of 13, well behind Boss Croaker (10-9) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
King's Bastion (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, no extra approaching 3 out, weakened, 13th of 16, 37l behind Wooly Tom (10-10) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Jun '12.
Easy Vic (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Held up, 9th at 5th, improved to track leaders from 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 4th of 13, 8l behind Boss Croaker (10-9) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Killeen Elegance (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division and 10th halfway, pushed along after 4 out and 6th entering straight, no impression in 4th before last and kept on same pace into 3rd run-in, 3rd of 15, 7l behind Presenting Beara (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109.