Ruby Walsh has completed a hat-trick in this, the last two for Willie Mullins, and the combination can prevail again with ROCKABOYA. A winning point-to-pointer and chaser, he's also scored three times over hurdles and was only just denied by Top Madam on his return from a summer break at Sligo last month. Shamiran has to be a major threat after his excellent second to Call Me Bubbles in a very tough handicap at Galway and a 4lb rise is almost wiped out by David Splaine's claim. The Crafty Butcher was in fine form in the spring, landing a maiden at Clonmel then running two excellent races in decent handicaps. There's more to come from him and he should go well as should the lightly-raced and improving Ballinrobe winner Hospital.
Shamiran (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Soon led, headed 4th, remained prominent, led again from 2 out, pressed from before last, stayed on well run-in, caught near finish, 2nd of 20, 1/2l behind Call Me Bubbles (10-2) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Aug.
The Bishop Looney (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Prominent until badly hampered 5 out and unseated rider, in a race won by Maccas Lad (11-1) at Kilbeggan 3m hdl sft in May, 11 ran.
Rockyaboya (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Always prominent, disputed lead briefly halfway, ridden and dropped to 3rd 3 out, went 2nd again after 2 out, stayed on well run-in to press winner to line, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Top Madam (11-3) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl gs in Aug.
Adams Island (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, a bit slow 3 out, soon no extra, 5th of 6, 31l behind Berties Dream (11-0) at Thurles 3m hdl gf in Apr '12.
Baracas (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, keen hold, closed up to track leader 3 out, 3rd into straight, no extra and kept on same pace from after 2 out, 4th of 7, 10l behind Leah Claire (10-8) at Limerick 2m hdl gd in Apr.
The Crafty Butcher (IRE) 4-1fav (11-2) Mid-division, pushed along in 7th after 4 out, ridden into 5th before straight, no extra 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 4l behind Cnoc Na Sioga (10-7) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in May.
King High (IRE) 14-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, soon ridden and no impression, 8th of 11, 20l behind The Boat People (10-1) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Roadtoabbeyfeale (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Towards rear for most, ridden and no extra entering straight, weakened, 9th of 12, well behind Acapulco (10-11) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Catch Me (GER) 33-1 (10-13) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, ridden entering straight, no extra 3 out, 9th of 14, 15l behind Your Busy (10-3) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl gf in Jul.
Coolmill (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Soon prominent, close up still going well before 2 out, under pressure in 3rd approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace last, 4th of 15, 5l behind Bridgequarter Girl (10-12) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf.
Dundrum (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Waited with early, slow jump 3rd, improved to be moderate 2nd from 7th, closed from 7 out, led after 4 out, strongly pressed 2 out and jumped right, soon headed and no extra, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Norther Bay (10-9) at Listowel 2m 3f hcp chs gd in Jun '11.
Darenjan (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Soon raced in moderate 4th, niggled along briefly from 6th, got in a bit close to 5 out, dropped to moderate 5th before straight, kept on same pace, 6th of 8, 10l behind Muzak (10-0) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs gd.
Truckin All Night (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Waited with, no extra from 3 out, kept on same pace, 10th of 12, 33l behind Anshan Dreams (11-7) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf in Aug.
Glenquest (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, 4th on inner halfway, ridden and dropped to 9th 4 out, no extra, 9th of 18, well behind Jadanli (10-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Hospital (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders on inner in 4th, ridden in 3rd after 2 out and 2nd approaching last where left in front, kept on under pressure run-in, all out and just held on, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Aug beating Get Off The Stage (10-6) by ns, 13 ran.
De Dodger (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Waited with at ordinary pace, jumped left and bumped rival 4th, went 5th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 9l behind The Real Article (11-4) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp chs.
Wontbelongnow (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Mid-division, ridden and no impression after 4 out, kept on one pace, 10th of 18, 12l behind The Lady Granuaile (11-3) at Roscommon 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Aug.
Paudi The Punter (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Soon tracked leaders, on terms approaching 2 out, soon led, stayed on well run-in, won at Galway 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gf beating Jack The Hat (11-1) by 1l, 19 ran.