There may not be betting on this sweepstakes but in any case it looks a question of which one of Gordon Elliott's pair, recent winning chaser Bacher Boy, or fair hurdler SOUNDS OF THUNDER, is the more forward with preference just for the latter.
Bacher Boy (IRE) 8-1 (12-6) 6th of 25, 9l behind Jacksonslady (11-9) at Punchestown 1m 7f stks gd in May.
Sounds Of Thunder 5-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd over 2f out, soon chased leader, soon no impression, dropped to 4th and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Bay Swallow (9-5) at Tramore 1m 4f flls hcp 50-75 gf in Jun.
Belle's Ridge 12-1 (9-6) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace, 11th of 18, 25l behind Sun Disc (8-13) at Curragh 1m 2f app hcp 50-70 hvy in Sep.
Jolily (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along and no extra in 7th after 2 out, 7th of 15, 31l behind Slippers Percy (11-9) at Thurles 3m beg chase sft in Jan.
Keysers Hill (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 6th 5 out, no impression 3 out, 10th of 14, 36l behind My Murphy (11-4) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Molly's Lad (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Eight Is My Number (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Apr, 19 ran.
War (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Rear of mid-division, ridden in moderate 9th 4f out, no impression straight, 12th of 14, 13l behind Marcus Attilius (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.
Ocean Bright (USA) 40-1 (12-0) Chased clear leader, 4th halfway, ridden over 4f out, weakened approaching straight, 9th of 10, 40l behind Bullock Harbour (12-5) at Bellewstown 1m 6f mdn stks gf in Aug.
Catalpa (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no impression in 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 10l behind Ashton Rose (9-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Sep.