A cracking contest with several smart novices engaged. Giant's Quest has won handicaps on the Flat and over timber recently and has to be a threat to all while Que Pasa is progressing really well and followed her victory over 2m here with a very good run on the Flat at Bellwestown. The Black Russian has found his form with victories at Sligo and in a handicap at Kilbeggan so is unlikely to be found wanting but INDEVAN is such a scopey type that he's handed the vote. Willie Mullins has always thought plenty of the five-year-old who had a nice canter round on his return from a summer break at Sligo a month ago and looks the type to go on to better things.
Giant's Quest (AUS) 7-4fav (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, challenged after 2 out, strongly pressed leader from last, kept on run-in to lead close home, won at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in Aug beating Captain Arceus (11-12) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Indevan 1-5fav (11-12) Made all, travelling well 2 out, soon went clear on-bridle, not fluent at last, stayed on well run-in, not extended, won at Sligo 2m nh nov hdl gs in Aug beating Whisky Galore (11-6) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
The Black Russian (IRE) 2-1 (11-8) Made all and soon clear, jumped well, advantage a bit reduced 3 out, still nice lead at last where not as good a jump but still quick, stayed on well run-in, won at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Aug beating Vinniespride (10-9) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Aranhill Chief (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Towards rear early, mid-division halfway, ridden in 7th before 3 out, no extra 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Giant's Quest (11-2) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in Aug, 14 ran.
Que Pasa (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Held up early, 5th halfway, good headway approaching 2 out where challenged, led entering straight, ridden from last, kept on well under pressure run-in, all out close home, won at Galway 2m nh nov hdl gd in Jul beating Shamar (11-12) by nk, 8 ran.
Dun Scaith (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, well off pace, no extra 3 out, 11th of 16, well behind The Black Russian (11-4) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl in Aug.
Venture Lazarus (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 4 out, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Muzak (11-3) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Aug, 11 ran.
Only Exception (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Held up in last, 3rd after 4 out, ridden 2 out and no impression, kept on same pace, just held for 2nd close home, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Top Madam (11-1) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hdl gd in Aug.