Laura and Michael Hourigan won this last year but Hans Crescent hasn't been showing enough for a family repeat. PIRES has been out of sorts over hurdles but his very close third behind Credit Swap in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket is by far the best form on view and he should take this for Tony Martin. The ex-French Run For Sol looks the main threat as he has been in fine form of late scoring over timber at Sligo before a good second to Sense Of Purpose over this trip at Killarney. Banyan Tree was a classy juvenile for Ballydoyle and showed himself capable of winning for new connections with a couple of fair recent runs over hurdles.
Banyan Tree (IRE) (8-13) Prominent, every chance over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 17l behind Passion For Gold (8-13) at Saint-cloud(FR) 1m 2f 2yo Grp 1 (1) hvy in Nov '09.
Hans Crescent (FR) 66-1 (9-5) Mid-division, 10th before halfway, no impression from over 4f out, 10th of 15, 45l behind Pittoni (9-4) at Tipperary 1m 6f stks sft in Apr.
King's Road 8-1 (8-10) Dwelt, never better than mid-division, 10th of 18, 11l behind Pimlico Sound (9-2) at Cork 7f hcp 47-60 gd in May.
Pires 33-1 (9-11) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 11th of 14, 12l behind Mount Athos (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-100 pol in Apr.
Satwa King (FR) 11-1 (10-7) Never a factor, 8th of 12, 22l behind Directa King (10-9) at Limerick 2m stks gd in Jun '10.
The Last Don (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) 2nd of 25, 3/4l behind Jacksonslady (11-9) at Punchestown 1m 7f stks gd in May.
Waterloo Sunrise (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway into 6th 4f out, no impression approaching straight, 8th of 16, 16l behind Peak Oil (11-9) at Kilbeggan 2m N H flat gf in May.
Alamanda (IRE) 4-1fav (8-4) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to challenge 3f out, no extra 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 7l behind Hawk Flight (8-5) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gf in Apr.
Run For Sol (FR) 3-1 (9-2) Soon led, joined after 4f, led again over 4f out, strongly pressed and joined 2f out, soon narrowly headed, kept on well without matching winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Sense Of Purpose (9-2) at Killarney 1m 6f stks gd in May.
Utrillo's Art (IRE) 125-1 (8-13) Towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from over 4f out, 5th of 6, 21l behind Sense Of Purpose (9-2) at Killarney 1m 6f stks gd in May.