Winning point-to-pointer Foxrock was expected to make a successful start over hurdles here last month but unseated Ruby Walsh at the first though he was impeded. Hard To Swallow was just touched off by Suntiep over a longer trip at Navan so looks sure to take some catching while supporters of Mala Beach will be hoping for compensation after he ran out when holding every chance here last month. He probably would have finished in front of Thunder And Roses that day and looks certain to go well though the hurdling debut of CITY SLICKER has been eagerly awaited. Willie Mullins' charge showed the benefit of his opening run at Naas with a very smooth success at Fairyhouse last month and can make a winning start over timber.
Hard To Swallow (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Prominent, led and disputed before halfway, ridden and challenged 3 out, disputed before last, no extra in 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Suntiep (11-12) at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl hvy.
Jolly Mac Vic (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Soon chased leaders, closed from 3 out, lost place into straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 19l behind Skibabe (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl in Oct.
Littlesilverfishes (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 3rd 1/2way, 5th 3out, ko to go 4th cls home, 4th of 16, 9l behind Coast Road (12-0) at Lemonfield 3m ire ptp gs in Mar '11.
City Slicker (IRE) 10-11fav (11-9) Mid-division, progress into 4th travelling well 2f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Dec beating Lady Of Glencoe (10-9) by 8l, 13 ran.
Definite Daly (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Towards rear, pushed along 5th, never a factor, 13th of 16, well behind Mister Hotelier (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Foxrock (IRE) 5-4fav (11-7) Hampered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Talbot Road (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Mala Beach (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along but still well in touch when hampered and ran out through rails after 2 out, in a race won by Talbot Road (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Mullaghanoe River (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Mid-division, headway into 5th 4f out, challenged 2f out, ridden inside final furlong and kept on to lead close home, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec beating Wedding Present (11-7) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
On The Shannon (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Led and disputed, ridden and no extra 3 out, weakened, 6th of 13, 45l behind Suntiep (11-12) at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl hvy.
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, headway to lead approaching 2 out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed last and not match winner run-in, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Talbot Road (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Castle Genie (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) In rear, no impression from 3 out, 6th of 10, well behind Charlie's Vic (11-0) at Naas 2m 3f mrs beg chs.
Late Night Deed 5-2 (11-7) Ww rr, last from 5th, prog in 5th bef 4out where mstk, ld 3out & alw gng best aftr, 1/2l adv last, so, won at Affane 3m ire ptp sft in Nov beating Grande Milan (11-7) by 3l, 11 ran.
Mines River (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Alw pr, disp 2out, ld brfly, sn hdd, rdn in cl 3rd & fell last, in a race won by Cheyenne Girl (12-0) at Largy 3m ire ptp gs in Apr, 14 ran.
Alfa Belle (IRE) Gamut mare out of Belle D'anjou.
Our Girl Naoise (IRE) Alamshar mare out of Some Forest.