This has attracted a really strong line-up and the teenage Banna Man, who is a standing dish around here and was only just touched off a year ago, may find it too hot this time around. Bob Buckler sends the six-times chase winner Mister Matt from the UK and he'll appreciate the quick ground better than most while the excellent Tranquil Sea is going for his 13th career victory on his 40th start and arrives in good form after a fine run behind Klepht at the Punchestown Festival. Absolutlyfantastic hasn't won as often as he should have but he's a talented performer when getting things right and has to be of interest from this mark. GO ALL THE WAY is an exciting prospect for Jim Dreaper having made a spectacular start over fences at this meeting a year ago and following up in even easier fashion a month later. He fell at Cheltenham when last seen in October where he played up in the preliminaries and has been given plenty of time to get over that mishap so gets the vote.
Tranquil Sea (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, under pressure in 4th 2 out, 3rd and no impression before last, left 2nd, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Klepht (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs sft in Apr.
Go All The Way (IRE) 15-8fav (11-11) Led, jumped right at times, not fluent 3rd, hit 5th, headed after 3 out, fading when fell next, in a race won by Carlito Brigante (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs (2) gs in Oct, 7 ran.
Uncle Tom Cobley (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Prominent, in front when not fluent 4th, joined before straight, headed and no extra from before 2 out, 6th of 8, 11l behind Knockcroghery (10-11) at Limerick 2m hdl 0-123 gf.
Mister Matt (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Led, headed 7th, chased leading pair, blundered and left 3rd 2 out, no chance with, 3rd of 8, 19l behind Anquetta (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in May.
Absolutlyfantastic 7-2fav (10-8) Chased leaders, 5th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Tribes And Banner (10-11) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs in May, 14 ran.
Mahrajaan (USA) 16-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway in 8th after 4 out, ridden in 5th and no impression approaching 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 20l behind Rawnaq (10-2) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl gf.
Banna Man (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Mid-division early, towards rear from 5th, ridden and no impression 4 out, weakened, 15th of 16, well behind Money Spider (10-13) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-109 gf.
Prince Of Fire (GER) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, ridden and weakened 4 out, 13th of 15, well behind Rawnaq (10-2) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl gf.