Dermot Weld won this last year with hurdling newcomer Natural High and Rock Critic will no doubt be fancied for a repeat. He's a useful Flat handicapper with a cracking record at the Festival who started favourite here on Tuesday but couldn't quite get there. His breeding doesn't suggest jumping will be his game unlike that of CONNAUGHT MANOR and it's Willie Mullins' charge who gets the vote. He made his racecourse debut in a Roscommon bumper last month and won by 14l with the second a long way clear of the remainder. He's related to several winning jumpers and should be followed until beaten. Seattle Drive wasn't quite as good as Rock Critic on the level when trained by David Elsworth but he's the type Edward O'Grady does so well with and is definitely one to keep an eye on. Hawk Flight can prove best of those with hurdling experience having run very well on several occasions.
Callums Bay (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, 10th of 13, well behind Mallowney (10-11) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jul.
Cantgetanybetter 20-1 (11-7) Soon disputed, led after 4f, headed 5f out, ridden and no extra 4f out, moderate 8th 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 38l behind Polish Partisan (11-7) at Sligo 2m 2f N H flat gd in Jul.
Cherryantor (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Always behind, 18th of 23, well behind Bourbon Ellie (10-12) at Cork 3m mdn hdl in Jul.
Connaught Manor (IRE) 11-10fav (12-0) Soon chased leaders, closed from over 4f out, took over travelling best from early straight, briefly looked a little vulnerable over 1f out, drew clear under pressure to assert final furlong, won at Roscommon 2m 4f N H flat sft in Jul beating Top Cat Henry (11-0) by 14l, 17 ran.
Desert Moonlight 50-1 (11-7) Very slowly away and always behind, 12th of 16, 50l behind Fatcatinthehat (11-1) at Galway 1m 4f am mdn stks gd (flat).
Flemingstown (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden from 3 out, moderate 8th next, no extra, 6th of 14, 45l behind Gold Ability (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl gd.
Flying Light (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 15th of 20, well behind Kalellshan (11-5) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul.
Hawk Flight (IRE) 5-2 (11-9) Soon mid-division, ridden in 7th 4 out, 5th before next, no impression and kept on same pace from before last where not fluent, 5th of 14, 8l behind Ballyhoura (11-4) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Jul.
Rock Critic (IRE) 5-2fav (9-12) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 3l behind Vastonea (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp sft in Jul (flat).
Rory's Brother (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Towards rear and took keen hold, some progress from 4f out, soon ridden, no impression in mid-division when slipped up under 1f out, in a race won by Reafadda (11-7) at Clonmel 2m N H flat sft in Jun, 16 ran.
Sergeant Grey Great Palm gelding out of Astar Love.
Top Spin (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Chased leaders on outer, 5th halfway, no extra entering straight, weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Go All The Way (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Zerdiyan (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Towards rear, moderate 10th and no impression 4 out, 10th of 14, 34l behind Ballyhoura (11-4) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Jul.
Hospital (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 3 out, 7th last and kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 13l behind Liberty's Gift (11-7) at Sligo 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Our Breff (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Towards rear at ordinary pace, effort straight, kept on same pace under pressure without threatening, 7th of 10, 13l behind Smithfield (9-4) at Killarney 1m 3f mdn stks in Jul (flat).
Paint Your Wagon (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, weakened from over 4f out, soon eased, completely tailed off, last of 15, well behind Saddler's Rock (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f mdn stks in Jun '11 (flat).
Rodeo Rocket (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Led early, headed after 1st, regained lead after 4th, fell 3 out, in a race won by Face Value (11-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Jul, 9 ran.
Seattle Drive (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway on outer over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 11, 1/2l behind Scrapper Smith (8-9) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sep (flat).
Montego Breeze 33-1 (10-13) Mid-division early, towards rear halfway, ridden 5 out, no impression before 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 11, 21l behind Miss Nomer (10-11) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug '11.
Tia Dalma (IRE) Definite Article mare out of Little Elk.