BOSTON BOB is certain to start a short-priced favourite here and is impossible to oppose. Willie Mullins' charge won a point-to-point at Tallow last year and ran well on his bumper debut in February before landing a maiden bumper at Hexham for Howard Johnson the following month. Six Senses is comfortably the best of those with hurdling form having performed with credit on both starts but Beef To The Heels, another with winning form between the flags, looks certain to improve on his opening effort over hurdles at Punchestown.
Beef To The Heels (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 4th 3 out, ridden in 5th entering straight, no extra and kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 35l behind Cairdin (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Boston Bob (IRE) 4-6fav (10-13) Held up in touch, led over 4f out, clear over 2f out, ran on strongly, won at Hexham 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Mar beating Thirty Days Out (10-1) by 7l, 12 ran.
Preacher Rory (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 7th 4f out, soon no extra, 9th of 14, 39l behind Monksland (11-11) at Down Royal 2m N H flat sft.
Six Senses (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on inner, 7th halfway, 5th entering straight but no impression on easy winner, kept on one pace, 4th of 22, 18l behind Sword Of Destiny (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl in Oct.
Take It Too 66-1 (11-4) Unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Ipsos Du Berlais (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 6f mdn hdl sft, 17 ran.
Worrel Creek (IRE) Gothland gelding out of Lanca's Trix.
Born To Benefit (IRE) Beneficial mare out of Sister Superior.
Sanmare (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Soon towards rear and never a factor, 11th of 14, well behind Shop Dj (10-10) at Thurles 2m 2f Mares Chase (5yo+) gd in Oct.
Special Raffle (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Behind, some headway into moderate 10th 3 out, no impression and soon tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind He's A Delight (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 6f mdn hdl gs in Oct.