Willie Mullins' Balnaslow is owned by Gigginstown which means Davy Russell rides and Ruby Walsh is free to take the mount on VICTRIX GALE, who has been raised a massive 13lb for her victory at Galway. She was always travelling very easily that day and though this is tougher can follow-up. Tony Martin also runs Corrick Bridge, who just failed to catch Courtncatcher at Bellewstown last month and should go well with a lowly weight. Supreme Carolina also represents Willie Mullins and it will be interesting to see how she performs over this trip having shown plenty of promise over shorter. Baresi has done best on testing ground so conditions will be in his favour while Harangue found 2m2f on fast ground against him after completing a hat-trick over much further.
Whispering Hills (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Soon behind, pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Bangonform (10-5) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl gd in Jun, 17 ran.
Dushybeag (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened, 12th of 22, 32l behind Acapulco (11-4) at Punchestown 3m Handicap Hurdle (95-130) (4yo+) hvy in Apr.
Balnaslow (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway into 2nd 3 out, ridden and mistake 2 out, no impression before last where pressed for 2nd, kept on same pace, 2nd of 17, 4l behind Another Rebel (10-5) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Aug.
Blossom Gate (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Mid-division, veered right 1st and unseated rider, in a race won by Another Rebel (10-5) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Aug, 17 ran.
Victrix Gale (IRE) 7-2fav (10-10) Settled towards rear and kept wide, headway approaching 2 out and went 2nd travelling best entering straight, led last and soon stretched clear, easily, won at Galway 3m hcp hdl 88-130 sft in Jul beating Happy New Year (9-12) by 7l, 17 ran.
Blackwell Synergy (FR) 16-1 (10-9) Towards rear for most, hanmpered 6th, ridden an no impression 5 out, weakened and tailed off, 11th of 17, well behind Another Rebel (10-5) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Aug.
Supreme Carolina (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Raced in moderate 4th, niggled along before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 4th of 6, 22l behind Curvacious (10-11) at Killarney 2m 1f hdl sft in May.
Baresi (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Mistake and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Cara's Oscar (11-6) at Roscommon 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gs in Jun, 16 ran.
Bangonform (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Soon mid-division, good progress 3 out to track leaders, on terms into straight, headed 2 out, stayed on well under pressure run-in to just prevail at line, won at Listowel 3m hcp hdl gd in Jun beating Define (9-11) by hd, 17 ran.
Top Cat Henry (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd from 3 out, no impression on leaders after 2 out, weakened from last, 5th of 8, 16l behind Darroun (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hdl gd in Jul.
Murchu (IRE) 5-1fav (10-3) Settled in mid-division on outer, left 2nd after 5 out and mistake 3 out, 3rd and driven along early run-in, kept on one pace but no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 8l behind Bruff (10-1) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Aug.
Looking For Toby (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Keen hold early, soon settled 4th and chased leaders, 3rd before 5 out, ridden 3 out, no extra before next, 5th of 7, 24l behind Bottle Rattler (10-10) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 gf in Aug.
Paddy Pub (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, slow 13th and pecked on landing 5 out, no threat from next and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Goonyella (10-0) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Apr, 19 ran.
Highdownhill (NZ) 16-1 (11-8) Always towards rear, ridden and weakened 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Daring Article (11-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp chs 0-116 in May, 18 ran.
Harangue (IRE) 11-2fav (11-10) Soon mid-division, progress 5 out, close up approaching 2 out, no extra in 7th and kept on same pace from before straight, 10th of 19, 17l behind Paudi The Punter (10-9) at Galway 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gf.
Bottle Rattler (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Chased leaders in 3rd, 4th before 5 out, improved to 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure run-in to lead closing stages, won at Downpatrick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 gf in Aug beating Jamsie Hall (11-5) by 4l, 7 ran.
Corrick Bridge (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th after 4 out, ridden in 4th 3 out, ran on from last, just failed, 2nd of 15, ns behind Courtncatcher (11-6) at Bellewstown 3m hcp hdl 80-116 gd in Aug.
Joe Reed (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, no extra from 3 out, burst blood vessel, 15th of 18, well behind Pink Coat (11-10) at Listowel 2m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (5yo+).
Freneys Well 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 4 out, 9th of 10, 44l behind Flatfoot Boogie (11-4) at Killarney 2m 6f nh nov hdl gd in Aug.