This has produced a cracking turnout with most of these likely to be paying there way over fences. Churchfield Champ jumps and stays well and sets a good standard though there are likely to be one or two who improve past him. They definitely include The Real Article, who took his time to find his feet over the bigger obstacles but looked a nice prospect when slamming Lord Ben at Limerick. Burn And Turn probably found the ground a bit lively when behind Tribes And Banner at Punchestown and could do with some rain, a remark that also applies to the very progressive Spring Heeled, runner-up on heavy going at Galway last time. Sizing Symphony had no problems with fast ground when reappearing after a very long break to beat Shake The Bucket at Tipperary and looks a big threat but it's his stablemate SIZING MACHINE, who made a spectacular start over fences when beating subsequent winner Raajih at Kilbeggan, that is given the nod.
Black Benny (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Soon mid-division, closer in 7th before straight, ridden to challenge from before last where 2nd, stayed on best run-in to lead close home, won at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs gf beating Minella For Value (11-12) by 1l, 15 ran.
Captain Ocana (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Led, headed 4 out, soon ridden, kept on one paced from 2 out, 5th of 16, 15l behind Green Thirty Two (10-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Jul.
Churchfield Champ (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, closer in 5th 3 out, soon ridden, close 4th on outer 2 out, went 2nd at last, stayed on well run-in to press winner to line, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Toner D'Oudairies (11-5) at Tramore 2m 6f chs gd.
Datokepe (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Chased leaders and 9th halfway, no extra after 5 out and behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Landero (11-5) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl gf in Jul, 16 ran.
Sizing Symphony (IRE) Evensfav (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 2nd 4 out, led next, soon challenged, ridden and disputed last, kept on well run-in to assert close home, won at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs gf in Jul beating Shake The Bucket (11-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
The Real Article (IRE) Evensfav (11-2) Raced in 2nd, a bit untidy 2nd, keen hold and close up 7th, in front 5 out, drew clear run-in, comfortably, won at Limerick 2m 3f nov chs gd in Jul beating Lord Ben (11-8) by 6l, 5 ran.
Blue Cannon (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Soon mid-division, improved from before 3 out, 3rd at last, stayed on strongly run-in to lead near line, won at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase gf in Jun beating Plan A (11-12) by hd, 14 ran.
Sizing Machine (IRE) 11-10fav (11-8) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, improved to lead 6 out, shaken up briefly after last, soon clear, easily, won at Kilbeggan 2m 4f beg chs gd beating Raajih (11-8) by 14l, 13 ran.
Burn And Turn (IRE) 13-8fav (10-6) Held up in touch, closer in 5th 4 out, ridden from next, moderate 6th entering straight, moderate 5th at last, kept on without threatening easy winner to go 2nd run-in, 2nd of 9, 11l behind Tribes And Banner (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 2f chs gf in May.
Spring Heeled (IRE) 9-10fav (11-12) Settled behind leading pair, moderate 4th halfway, headway into moderate 2nd 6 out, closed on leader in 3rd approaching 2 out, challenged 2 out, led last, ridden entering straight, headed run-in and no extra, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Golden Wonder (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chase hvy.
Wyndcrest (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Towards rear for most, ridden and no impression 4 out, never a factor, 8th of 16, well behind Fairview Star (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl gf in Jul.