Dermot Weld won this a year ago and had landed the Festival's opening event over hurdles with Force Of Habit, who had been running on the Flat. A similar programme has been undertaken this time and though making his chasing debut he'll know what it's all about. Cairdin landed a bumper at last year's fixture and scored over hurdles at Punchestown in October. He made early mistakes on his chasing bow behind Laganbank at Roscommon but warmed to his task and looks sure to go well. Ferris Bueller has shown ability over fences but the form pick has to be SILVERHAND. Noel Meade's charge won four times over timber and though beaten when strongly fancied on his chasing bow he improved when runner-up to Baily Green at Roscommon and looks ready to gain his first chasing success.
Ambershan (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Soon towards rear, tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind Trendelenburg (10-13) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan '11.
Cairdin (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Slight mistakes 1st and 6th, soon mid-division, ridden to chase leaders approaching straight, moderate 2nd and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 2nd of 16, 9l behind Laganbank (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chase gs in Jun.
Dark Vagabond (IRE) 80-1 (11-3) Soon tracked leaders, not always fluent, lost place from before 7th, niggled along next, soon no impression, 11th of 14, well behind Whispering Hills (11-10) at Kilbeggan 3m nov hdl sft in Jun.
Ferris Bueller 9-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 3 out, ridden 2 out, no extra before last, 4th of 11, 20l behind Pride Of The Artic (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase sft in Jun.
Force Of Habit 4-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, struggling from 3 out, soon no impression, 13th of 15, 17l behind Carlingford Lough (11-0) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul '11.
Its All Hush Hush (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Chased leader in 2nd, led after 3rd, ridden and headed after 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 9l behind Miradane (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jul.
Markey Cee (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) Led early, headed before 2nd, 2nd halfway, ridden and no impression leader before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Moving On (10-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Jul.
Murchu (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Pride Of The Artic (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase sft in Jun, 11 ran.
Optime (IRE) 66-1 (11-9) Slightly hampered 1st, well off pace in mid-division best, never a factor, 6th of 14, well behind Go All The Way (11-12) at Killarney 2m 4f beg chs gd in Jul.
Silverhand (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, not always fluent jumping, closed into 6th before straight, ridden to chase leaders approaching last, no impression and kept on run-in, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Baily Green (11-12) at Roscommon 2m beg chase gd in May.
Toor Brook Honours (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Led and soon clear, reduced advanatge 4 out and soon headed, dropped to 6th next and no extra, 7th of 14, 40l behind Audrelles Lad (10-1) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gs in May.
West Of The Border (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Led, ridden and headed after 4 out, under pressure in 4th 3 out, weakened next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Audrelles Lad (11-3) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hdl hvy in Jul, 5 ran.
Never A Secret (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace from 2 out, 6th of 13, 48l behind Great Oak (10-12) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chase gd in Jun.
The Three Colleens (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 4th 7 out, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mandy Carroll (11-2) at Cork 3m mares hunt chs gd in Apr, 14 ran.