Jimmy Mangan has won this twice in the past three years and though punters would need to forgive a shocking run by KILCREA when strongly fancied at Tipperary last time his charge, a winning point-to-pointer and bumper, can make amends here. Shattered Dream attempted to make all at Wexford but could only stay on at one pace when headed at the second last. He should be suited by this longer trip while Sophies Shadow, a winner between the flags in October, will have come on from her hurdling debut at Clonmel three weeks ago. Noble Pageant has had 20 runs over timber without winning.
Kilcrea (IRE) 5-4fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, under pressure in 4th before straight, no impression from before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 43l behind Rye Martini (11-4) at Tipperary 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
More Madness (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 24, 23l behind Starkie (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft.
Noble Pageant (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, 11th halfway, 6th 3 out and headway to briefly go 2nd entering straight, no impression in 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace under pressure to regain 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Ballycasey (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f Amateur Maiden Hurdle (4yo+).
Petit Garson (IRE) 9-2 (12-0) Mid div best, 7th 1/2way, wknd bef 6out, to 5out & cto when pu bef 4out, in a race won by Iberico (11-4) at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gd in May, 14 ran.
Port Ferreol (FR) 50-1 (11-12) Mounted going out on to track, chased leaders, 7th approaching 6 out, no extra from 3 out, pulled up straight, in a race won by Castle Wings (11-9) at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec '11, 12 ran.
Talkin Point (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Alw rr, sl prog in fair 10th bef 3out, mod 9th & well btn aftr 3out, bhnd when pu bef 2out, in a race won by Fence Me In (12-0) at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp hvy, 14 ran.
Kestrel (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Rear of mid-division, no danger and kept on without threatening from after 4 out, 7th of 15, 16l behind Shamkhal (11-2) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl gd in May.
Malt Gem (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 9th 4 out, went 6th 2 out, kept on from last, 5th of 14, 17l behind Un Atout (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy.
Shattered Dream (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Led, jumped left 2nd, not fluent 3 out and soon headed, ridden in 3rd approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 16l behind Venture Capital (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl.
Unzing (FR) Voix Du Nord gelding out of Magik.
Sophies Shadow (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along entering straight and no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 12l behind Glens Melody (11-3) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl.