Popmurphy, runner-up in a Listed race on the Flat in 2010, found the heavy ground against him at Roscommon last time and conditions won't be much better here. Shrapnel is another whose best form has been on quicker ground and also over longer trips but Minella Reception will relish the underfoot conditions and was a little unfortunate when beaten a head on his hurdling debut after a convincing bumper success at Listowel. RORY O'MOORE, the winner of three bumpers and runner-up in a Grade 2, has performed disappointingly in his two runs to date over timber but he has plenty of talent and hopefully can put those runs behind him and gain his first success over obstacles.
Minella Reception (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th before halfway, headway 3 out, led straight, not fluent 2 out, strongly pressed from before last, kept on well, headed near finish, 2nd of 15, hd behind Miriam's Dream (11-4) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Popmurphy 5-1 (11-12) Always prominent, no impression under pressure from before last where not fluent, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 16l behind Miriam's Dream (11-4) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Rory O'Moore (IRE) 5-2 (11-10) Made all, clear from halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Tipperary 2m N H flat hvy beating Kris Kindle (10-3) by 13l, 10 ran.
Shrapnel (IRE) 7-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching straight, soon lost place and no impression, 7th of 9, 19l behind Black Benny (10-13) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 in Jul.
The Black Russian (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Waited with early, soon prominent, no extra and kept on same pace after 2 out where not fluent, 5th of 15, 26l behind Miriam's Dream (11-4) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Urban Desert (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on inner, 6th halfway, no extra from 2 out, weakened, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Rule The World (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy.