No More Heroes easily went clear of a Willie Mullins-trained runner at Leopardstown in December and is clearly useful. But MILSEAN also looked a smart prospect when scoring at Navan. The latter possibly has more scope and, as his trainer will know where he stands with Gordon Elliott's charge, can come out on top today. Grand Partner got off the mark at Fairyhouse when reverting to bumpers but would need a lot more here to follow up and it's difficult to make a case for any of the others, though newcomer For Freddie is a son of leading NH sire Oscar.
Grand Partner (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway from 4f out, 6th on outer over 2f out, improved into 4th and ridden 1 1/2f out, headway to lead under 1f out, stayed on well under pressure, won at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Jan beating Lord Scoundrel (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Milsean (IRE) 4-5fav (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd under 3f out travelling smoothly, led over 1f out, pushed out to go clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Navan 2m N H flat sft in Jan beating Bonzo Bing (11-9) by 8l, 11 ran.
No More Heroes (IRE) 15-8fav (11-5) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd 6f out, led over 2f out, quickly clear, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec beating Bosman Rule (12-0) by 39l, 11 ran.
For Freddie (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Generosa.
Rough Copy (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, weakened 3 out, completely tailed off, last of 17, well behind Mister Nibbles (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Walter Skyfall (IRE) 80-1 (11-5) Led, headed before straight, soon no extra, 7th of 12, well behind Killultagh Vic (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat sft in Jan.