Vesper Bell landed a Fairyhouse bumper on heavy ground in February and ran well enough in quicker conditions at Punchestown in May to suggest he'll do well over timber. Shrapnel was very disappointing when strongly fancied over 2m7f at Thurles and the testing ground could have been against him, while Carrig Millie also disappointed in similar conditions at Punchestown and is better judged on earlier efforts on quicker ground. Vapiano has joined Gordon Elliott after one run for Willie Mullins and looks the type to make progress but STAR NEUVILLE was unfortunate to come up against the Mullins' hotpot Toostrong at Fairyhouse and, as the remainder were well beaten off, the form looks strong enough for him to go one better.
Mooney's Cottage (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division for most, never a factor, 14th of 18, 36l behind Abou Ben (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Shrapnel (IRE) 5-4fav (11-4) Chased leaders, 4th approaching 4 out where mistake, plenty to do when slow jump 3 out and no extra, 4th of 9, 42l behind Archie Meade (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy.
Star Neuville (FR) 5-2 (11-5) Led early, headed 2nd, 2nd 4 out, led next, ridden and strongly pressed 2 out, headed last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 16, 1 3/4l behind Toostrong (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.
Vapiano (IRE) 9-4fav (12-0) Tracked leaders on inner, ridden in 5th under 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 15, 9l behind Aupcharlie (11-11) at Naas 2m NH flat sft in Mar.
Vesper Bell (IRE) 15-8fav (12-0) Tracked leaders, ridden in 5th early straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 21, 12l behind Burn And Turn (10-9) at Punchestown 2m N H flat gs in May.
Zelkova Island (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Raced moderate in moderate 5th, 4th before 5 out where pecked, no extra from 3 out, 5th of 6, well behind Rourke's Cross (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy.
Carrig Millie (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 8th on inner halfway, no impression in moderate 7th entering straight, 7th of 20, 32l behind Please Talk (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Somedaysomehow (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Mid-division, close 5th 3f out, soon ridden, kept on one paced from 2f out, 4th of 10, 13l behind Carries Darling (10-13) at Limerick 2m mrs N H flat sft in Nov.