Tillargon has had 13 starts without winning and disappointed at Fairyhouse after a good run there previously. BARNEYS HONOUR hasn't run for a year but if able to repeat his fine run in a much better race than this at Punchestown he would have few problems taking this and is handed the vote. Mister First is better over fences but can revert to hurdles on a much lower mark so has to be respected while Jacks Island ran his best race for a long time when narrowly beaten by Speed Dial at Wexford, though he doesn't win very often.
Jacks Island (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, off the pace, headway under pressure from 2 out and challenged approaching straight, soon every chance, stayed on well run-in, just failed, 2nd of 14, shd behind Speed Dial (10-1) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Mister First (FR) 16-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, no impression straight, 10th of 20, 46l behind Tofino Bay (11-4) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 hvy in Nov.
Mountain Heather (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, 7th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 10th of 16, 32l behind Bundle Of Fun (10-11) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl in Sep '11.
Barneys Honour (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, 8th 3 out, ridden 2 out, stayed on in 5th last, kept on run-in, just held for 2nd, 3rd of 10, 16l behind That'll Do Me (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Dec '11.
Scrapper Jack (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 12th of 20, well behind Oscars Joy (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Plan In Action (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Fell 4th, in a race won by The Boat People (11-2) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct, 15 ran.
Whiskey And Rye (IRE) 4-1fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden from 3 out, moderate 7th 2 out, no impression, 6th of 13, 23l behind Lady Olwyn (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Nov.
Henrietta's Way (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, ridden along 4 out, kept on one pace in straight, 9th of 12, 30l behind Treat Yourself (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Nov.
Knockanarrigan (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Mid-division, 6th halfway, headway to go 2nd briefly 3 out, soon ridden and dropped to 7th next, no extra, 8th of 10, 43l behind Treat Yourself (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m nov hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Wing It Lady (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division early, 8th halfway, mistake 4 out, soon no extra, 13th of 19, well behind Bright New Dawn (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.
Tillargon 9-4fav (10-5) Waited with, soon well off the pace in mid-division, closer in moderate 3rd 4 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace straight, 4th of 11, 13l behind For A Finish (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Cheap As Chips (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Keen hold, in front 3rd, soon clear, reduced lead from 5th, headed 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up entering straight, in a race won by Forjoethepainter (10-10) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy, 11 ran.
Gothen Niece (IRE) 11-1 (10-3) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden 3 out, no extra before next, 7th of 9, 18l behind Grange (11-8) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Tornado King (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Prominent in chasing group, no extra after 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Moonlight Sapphire (11-5) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Jun.