We can't desert KALELLSHAN, who did us a big favour on Monday when landing a real touch in a similar class event to this over 2m He'd also won twice at the Festival in 2010 so is no stranger to doubling up and even with his 6lb penalty will be very hard to beat with Mark Enright once again taking the reins. Ballyhoura was having only his sixth start over timber when scoring at Wexford and is well enough weighted to make his presence felt. First Impressions has been going along nicely and looked in very good shape when beating Zaralabad comfortably at Limerick. Beau Michael has been in excellent form on the Flat and can race from a much lower mark over hurdles than fences and along with the veteran Lough Ferrib, another who has been in winning form on the Flat, he can get into the mix. Experimentalist was due to run here yesterday.
Kalellshan (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Made all, clear from 3 out, stayed on well under pressure from next, won at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul beating Maxim Gorky (11-2) by 5l, 20 ran.
King Ali (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 8th before straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 10th of 15, 26l behind Sumkindasuprstar (10-13) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs 0-123 gd in May.
Lough Ferrib (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, well off pace, ridden into moderate 4th before 2 out, soon no impression, 3rd and kept on without threatening from last, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Gudnis Gracious Me (11-7) at Tramore 2m beg chase gf in Jun '11.
Battling Boru (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Soon chased leaders, struggling when not great 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 8l behind Black Benny (10-13) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 in Jul.
Beau Michael 25-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear early, 12th 5 out, some headway entering straight, ridden into moderate 6th last, no impression and kept on one pace, 4th of 25, 11l behind Shamiran (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (95-123) (4yo+) hvy in Apr.
Ancient Days (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Towards rear, pushed along in 7th 6 out, last after 3 out, improved into moderate 5th entering straight, went moderate 3rd 2 out, not fluent last, kept on, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Tugboat (11-3) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in May.
King High (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, dropped to rear approaching 6 out, soon no impression and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Alpine Eagle (10-13) at Tipperary 2m 1f chs sft in Jun, 7 ran.
First Impressions (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Soon tracked leaders, closed up travelling well approaching straight, soon led and clear, slow jump 2 out, stayed on well after, won at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 8Evens16 in Jul beating Zaralabad (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 18 ran.
Red Calima (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Always prominent, disputed lead before halfway and led from 7th, asserted approaching last, stayed on well to draw clear run-in, won at Wexford 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Jun beating Daisyanabelle (9-13) by 8l, 13 ran.
Experimentalist 2-1fav (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, left 3rd 3 out, ridden to challenge after 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Face Value (11-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Jul.
Wise Oscar (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, hampered 7th, soon pushed along, no impression from 4 out, 8th of 14, well behind Black Mac (11-6) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs 0-102 gd in Jul.
The Lady Granuaile (USA) 33-1 (11-2) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 9th of 13, 27l behind Baily Green (11-12) at Roscommon 2m beg chase gd in May.
Enter The Indian (IRE) 4-1fav (10-5) Waited with towards rear, closed up from 3 out, travelling well in 4th into straight, slight mistake 2 out, soon chased winner, no impression and kept on run-in, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Dingaling (10-7) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf in Jun.
Mayday Frontier (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden in moderate 5th 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 14, well behind Chase The Favorite (11-5) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f beg chase in Jul.
Moonlight Sapphire 16-1 (11-10) Waited with towards rear, headway to chase leaders into straight, soon close up on outer, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Cerveza Dinero (11-5) at Limerick 2m 6f Amateur Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (4yo+) gd in Jul.
Ballyhoura (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Soon chased leaders, closer order 4 out, challenged under pressure and on terms last, stayed on well run-in to lead near line, won at Wexford 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Jul beating Uponthe Hoof (11-4) by nk, 14 ran.
Black Mac (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Made all, stretched on approaching last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs 0-102 gd in Jul beating Stonesinmypocket (11-8) by 8l, 14 ran.
Our Girl Lucy (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Led, ridden and strongly pressed from 2 out, headed at last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Slim To None (10-8) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Jul.
Turnonthegas (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Mid-division, progress into 5th 3 out, soon ridden, kept on one paced, 4th of 16, 9l behind Excellent As Usual (11-7) at Kilbeggan 3m hcp hdl 80-102 in Jul.
Get In There (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Mid-division, progress into 3rd 4 out, 2nd 2 out, soon ridden to challenge, 3rd and no extra from last, 3rd of 23, 6l behind Our Girl Lucy (10-9) at Cork 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 9-109 in Jul.
Sir Ector (USA) 3-1fav (11-6) Mid-division, headway in 7th 3 out, ridden in 5th 2 out, 4th last, ran on well run-in, just failed, 2nd of 20, shd behind Blue Vic (10-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Jun.
Granaruid (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, never a factor, ridden along into moderate 6th approaching 3 out, no threat and kept on one pace in straight, 4th of 11, 24l behind Mister Benedictine (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Jun.
Hassanali (IRE) 4-1fav (11-7) Prominent, 4th and no impression under pressure from 2 out, beaten when fell last, in a race won by Vinnes Friend (11-6) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf in May '11, 15 ran.