Tony Martin looks to have found an ideal opportunity for PIRES, who can revert to hurdling on a 14lb lower mark than over fences and arrives in very good heart after winning a Ballinrobe chase last month. Grange will love the heavy ground and though unraced since December he scored after an absence last season. Maxim Gorky has an even longer absence to overcome but he was looking a nice prospect when last seen in November and starts off this campaign on a fair mark. Dazzling Suzie will probably do better when sent back over fences though she's another on a lower mark over timber. Mick Hourigan has a fine record in this race so watch out for market support for Enchanted Forest.
Miley Shah (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Led, clear halfway, reduced advantage 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 16th of 20, 49l behind Missunited (10-8) at Galway 2m hcp hdl sft in Aug.
Redera (IRE) 18-1 (9-13) Towards rear, ridden and no impression after 3 out, 14th of 20, 39l behind Missunited (10-8) at Galway 2m hcp hdl sft in Aug.
Fiery Oscar (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Soon mid-division, improved in 7th approaching 2 out, soon close up and challenged, kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 5th of 20, 6l behind Call Me Bubbles (10-2) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Aug.
Far Away So Close (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd 4 out, ridden from next, weakened, last of 8, 19l behind Pires (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f chs gd in Aug.
Maxim Gorky (IRE) 9-4fav (10-13) Settled behind leaders, hampered approaching halfway and dropped towards rear, headway in 5th 2 out, 4th travelling well entering straight, disputed before last, ridden in 2nd last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Beef To The Heels (10-10) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 hvy in Nov.
Dazzling Susie (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st and soon towards rear, mistake and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Arvika Ligeonniere (11-10) at Punchestown 2m nov chs G1 (1) hvy in Apr, 9 ran.
Enchanted Forest (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Mid-division, mistake 5th, ridden and no impression from 3 out, 6th of 11, 6l behind The Boat People (10-1) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Mister Hotelier (IRE) 11-1 (10-6) In touch in rear, improved into 4th 4 out, ridden in 4th next, went 2nd at last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind The Boat People (10-1) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Pires 2-1fav (11-2) Held up in touch, 6th 3 out, soon ridden, 4th 2 out, 4th at last, ran on strongly close home to lead near line, won at Ballinrobe 2m 1f chs gd in Aug beating Tribes And Banner (11-12) by hd, 8 ran.
Blacklough (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 2nd before 5 out, challenged 2 out, ridden in 2nd after 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, kept on one pace, lost 3rd close home, 5th of 12, 10l behind Gates Of Rome (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl hvy in Mar.
Casimir Road (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Mid-division, 9th 3 out, no extra next and weakened, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Supreme Carolina (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m hdl sft in Dec.
Grange (IRE) 10-3 (11-10) Mid-division, 5th halfway, headway 2 out and disputed early straight, headed before last, kept on under pressure run-in but not quite match winner, 2nd of 14, nk behind Flying Light (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m nov hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Rory Anna (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Tracked leaders, bad mistake 6 out and dropped to last, not fluent next, soon no impression, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Leah Claire (10-8) at Limerick 2m hdl gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Days Ahead (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, chased winner in 2nd but no impression from before 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 8l behind King High (10-10) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Mahrajaan (USA) 7-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 4 out, close up and ridden 2 out, no extra in 4th last, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 11l behind Prince Of Fire (9-10) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs gf in Jul.