C'EST CA looks a very nice chasing prospect judged on his fine debut behind Saludos in a very strong beginners race at Navan earlier this month when Prince Of Fire was just behind and Dr Whizz and Ninetieth Minute well beaten. Willie Mullins' charge will have come on for the run and can take this though the front-running Loup Du Saubouas has jumped very well on his recent starts over fences and will ensure this is a stiff test. Shirley Casper, a Grade 3 winner over hurdles last April, makes her belated debut over the bigger obstacles with all the allowances but useful hurdler Judge Roy Bean may provide a bigger threat despite a moderate debut over fences when a strong favourite at Killarney in May.
Baily Rock (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Mid-division early, towards rear halfway, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Got Attitude (10-10) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs gd in Oct, 15 ran.
Bostons Gift (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Chased clear leader, moderate 3rd halfway, closer from 4 out, led before 2 out, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra from before last, 5th of 16, 31l behind Shamiran (11-6) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109.
C'est Ca 8-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, 5th and no impression 4 out, ridden into 4th 2 out, moderate 3rd run-in, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 11, 11l behind Saludos (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs sft.
Captain Dreyfus (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division when fell 6th, in a race won by Frisco Depot (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl, 19 ran.
Dr Whizz (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no impression before 4 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 22l behind Saludos (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs sft.
Judge Roy Bean (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Mid-division, closer in 6th before 5 out, soon niggled along, 4th approaching straight, ridden when mistake 3 out, soon no impression, 7th of 14, 17l behind Kotkidy (10-8) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in May.
Loup Du Saubouas (FR) 11-1 (11-12) Led and disputed, in front 4 out, strongly pressed from last, headed late run-in, soon dropped to 3rd, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Kakagh (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chs sft in Oct.
Ninetieth Minute (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Rear of mid-division for most, never a factor, 8th of 11, well behind Saludos (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs sft.
Prince Of Fire (GER) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, headway to challenge in 2nd 3 out, ridden in 3rd and no extra 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 14l behind Saludos (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs sft.
Sky Captain (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Prominent, led 5th, headed approaching 7 out, dropped to poor 8th and no danger from 3 out, 5th of 16, well behind Quel Esprit (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy.
The Hard Hat (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, mistake 6 out, no impression before 4 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, well behind Leon Og (11-12) at Fairyhouse 3m beg chs hvy.
Toby Ben (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden into 5th bypassing 2 out, 4th last, no extra run-in and kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 9l behind Turtle Gale (11-4) at Tramore 2m 6f hts chs gf in Apr.
Shirley Casper (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 6th before straight, went 4th under pressure before last, soon no impression, kept on into 2nd without troubling winner run-in, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Voler La Vedette (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 2f hdl G3 (1) sft in May '09.