Mountrath-based handler Liam Cusack took full advantage of LAST TIME D'ALBAIN's very lenient mark over timber when he scored in very testing ground at Punchestown. Ruby Walsh was hard at work from a long way out on the eight-year-old but the persistence paid off and his mount can go in again despite a huge 11lb rise in the ratings which is still 25lb lower than his chase mark. Vic Chic heads for a hat-trick after victories in heavy going at Tipperary and Punchestown. She's been hit with a 10lb rise but there's more to come and it will be a surprise if she's not in the shake-up. Liszt has been placed four times over timber but is still a maiden. He hasn't looked happy over fences on his last two starts ad is on a low enough handicap mark to get involved with The Sneezer, another who is well handicapped compared to his chase rating, likely to prove best of the remainder.
Kaprun (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra 4 out, 12th of 16, 33l behind Our Nana Rose (11-4) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd in Jul.
Last Time D'albain (FR) 7-4fav (11-8) Mid-division, progress from 3 out, close 4th and ridden entering straight, led last, stayed on well under pressure run-in, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Oct beating Followmeuptocarlow (10-12) by 2l, 16 ran.
Liszt (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, moderate 6th halfway, mistake and no impression 4 out, towards rear when unseated rider last, in a race won by El Fontan (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs, 12 ran.
Vic Chic (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Soon mid-division, progress to be prominent from 5 out, challenged 2 out, led before straight, pressed and stayed on well from before last, won at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy beating Tyrone Tiger (11-5) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
The Sneezer (IRE) 7-1 (10-2) Waited with, headway to chase leaders from 3 out, no extra and kept on same pace from before next, 9th of 16, 20l behind Coole Avenue (11-2) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens30 sft in Oct.
Jacks Island (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, bad mistake 14th, soon towards rear, ridden into 6th 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 17l behind Arabella Boy (11-4) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+).
Beckwith Star (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Rear of mid-division, progress from 3 out, ridden in moderate 6th 2 out, no extra, 7th of 13, 44l behind Lady Olwyn (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft.
Maguire's Glen (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 16, 22l behind Bullet Street (11-9) at Limerick 2m cond mdn hdl hvy.
Thepartysover 20-1 (11-12) Waited with, closer in 9th approaching 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 34l behind Our Girl Lucy (11-5) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chs sft in Oct.
Diamond Shower (USA) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, well off the pace, no extra into straight, 14th of 18, 36l behind Serra Nova (11-0) at Cork 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 in Aug.