The veteran Abou Ben is a useful hurdler who ran over fences last month before making all over 1m6f at Listowel. He'll like the ground and is fairy handicapped though Caim Hill wasn't far behind and the longer trip is in his favour. Darroun looks a bit high in the weights on what he's achieved on the Flat and Admiral Barry hasn't won a race since 2010. LITTLE GREEN appears to be improving despite her age and followed her victory over 2m1f at Clonmel with another fine effort at Ballinrobe. She's at the right end of the handicap and is taken to add to her winning tally. Anshan Dreams scored over hurdles at Galway in September and could be a threat if fit enough after an absence.
Majestic Concorde (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Led and disputed, headed 5f out, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 17th of 21, 50l behind What A Charm (9-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp sft in Oct '10.
Darroun (IRE) (8-11) won at Nort-Sur-Erdre(FR) 1m 4f 3yo stk in Jun '11, 14 ran.
Clara Bel La (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Settled towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace final furlong, 14th of 20, 13l behind Paddy The Celeb (9-2) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in May.
Admiral Barry (IRE) 11-2 (10-0) Held up in touch, ridden in 5th 3f out, no impression, 5th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Takeyourcapoff (9-3) at Wexford 1m 6f app hcp 50-80 gf in May.
Mannheim (IRE) 4-6fav (9-0) Always prominent, tracked leader in 2nd, led 2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed under pressure inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Astrology (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2yo mdn gd in Aug '11.
Caim Hill (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Mid-division and 5th halfway, ridden in 6th approaching straight and no impression over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Abou Ben (10-9) at Listowel 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) sft.
Anshan Dreams 9-2 (8-13) Mid-division on inner, took keen hold, briefly not clear run early straight, headway into 4th over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong without reaching winner, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Fantasy King (9-4) at Dundalk 2m hcp 60-90 pol in Nov '11.
Tugboat (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 14th of 15, 23l behind Head Waiter (8-2) at Leopardstown 1m 6f Handicap (47-75) (4yo+) sft in Apr.
Abou Ben (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear and took keen hold, pulled way through field to lead 6f out, pressed early straight but ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Listowel 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) sft beating Rocket Man (10-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Little Green (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Attempted to make all, went clear 2f out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed 1f out, no impression on winner final furlong, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Mutiska (9-0) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) sft in May.
Clondaw Warrior (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Soon led and disputed, gone on approaching straight, in front but reduced lead from over 1f out, headed and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Little Green (9-3) at Clonmel 2m hcp 47-65 sft in May.
Schelm (GER) 13-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden into moderate 10th 3f out, no impression in 9th over 1f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 20, 15l behind Isabellareine (9-8) at Galway 2m hcp 50-70 gf in Jul '10.