A huge field for this but CITY SLICKER is likely to start a short-priced favourite and will be very difficult to beat despite recent setbacks. He's been beaten at long odds-on for his two most recent starts at Navan and though not looking exactly in love with the game it's possible the very testing ground has been against him. Henry De Bromhead has his horses in good form and Grand Jesture, a winning bumper on this track, should do well over hurdles but Alexandr Nevsky is likely to need this after a year off since a disappointing hurdling debut at Sligo. Eligible showed a bit of promise for Tim Vaughan in the UK and will be better for his opening run for Noel Meade at Navan in November.
Alexandr Nevsky 11-8fav (11-12) Prominent, on terms before 2 out where a bit slow, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 10l behind Pat Garrett (11-4) at Sligo 2m 2f 5yo mdn hdl gd in May '12.
All About Alfie (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Led, headed after 2f, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 14th of 16, 9l behind Hazariban (8-9) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gs in Sep (flat).
Aonvarr (IRE) 5-4fav (11-9) Soon tracked leaders, closed up from before straight, in pursuit of winner approaching last, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Art Lord (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Apr.
Asitsohappens (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 9l behind Not For You (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl sft in Apr.
Backinyourbox (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, no threat when fell last, in a race won by Lyreen Legend (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Oct '11, 12 ran.
Belmont Exit (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden in 10th after 3 out, no extra before straight, 13th of 17, 38l behind Elegant Statesman (11-12) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd.
Castle Lantern (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Waited with towards rear, went moderate 5th from 3 out and ran a little bit off home turn, kept on well without threatening, 4th of 13, 26l behind Alelchi Inois (10-13) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl sft.
City Slicker (IRE) 4-9fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, progress into 4th travelling well enough 2 out, soon 2nd, ridden before last, found little run-in and faded to 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Nearly Nama'd (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Doing Da Dance (IRE) Quws gelding out of Lavandou Lady.
Eligible (FR) 11-4 (11-11) Led and soon well clear, reduced advantage 3f out, ridden and challenged 1f out, headed final 150 yards and no extra, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Champagne James (11-11) at Navan 2m N H flat in Nov.
Grand Jesture (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Prominent, led after 5f, ridden 3f out, headed entering straight, soon no extra, 4th of 15, 30l behind Turnandgo (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Apr.
Justourluck (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, trailing when fell 3 out, in a race won by Sixteen Forty Two (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Jul '11, 23 ran.
Railway Icon (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression 4f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 47l behind Rory O'Moore (11-10) at Tipperary 2m N H flat hvy in Oct.
Theboss On Thehill (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 6th 3f out, no impression before straight, kept on same pace final furlong to 4th close home, 4th of 9, 16l behind Five Hawk Wings (11-11) at Ballinrobe 2m N H flat sft in Apr.
Try It Sometime (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened, 7th of 10, 34l behind The Tullow Tank (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Mar.
Drumlosh Sallie (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) In rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 13th of 15, well behind Juan De Gracia (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
La Femme Blanche (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Disputed early, soon chased leader, weakened to rear halfway, completely tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Mullaghanoe River (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec.
Lady Bowood (IRE) Sunshine Street mare out of Rechime.
Sweet Vic (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Soon towards rear, ridden circuit to race, soon no danger, 14th of 20, well behind Teochew (11-2) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Apr.
Twilight Solace (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) Never better than mid-division, no extra after 4 out, tailed off, 17th of 20, well behind Teochew (11-2) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Apr.
Green Dragon (FR) 16-1 (10-13) Towards rear, never a factor, 13th 2 out, kept on one pace without threatening, 9th of 20, 26l behind Treacy Hotels Boy (11-4) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl sft.
Join The Clan (IRE) Milan gelding out of Millicent Bridge.
Phantom Of Plenty (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Led, ridden 3f out, headed entering straight, soon no extra and weakened, 8th of 10, 36l behind Clara Bel La (8-13) at Tipperary 1m 4f Handicap (50-85) (4yo+) hvy (flat).
Shukhov (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 8l behind Prospectorous (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (60-90) (4yo+) pol (flat).
Windsor Pride (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, 5th 2f out, weakened, 10th of 16, 11l behind Hurricane Sky (9-1) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 47-65 sft in Apr (flat).
What Present (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 10th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 8th of 17, 44l behind Young Finnegan (11-11) at Cork 2m 2f N H flat hvy in Apr.
Milan Breeze (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Alw in rr pu 3out, in a race won by Cloud Creeper (12-0) at Stradbally 3m ire ptp gd in May '12, 13 ran.
Zambezi Tiger (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 14th of 17, 36l behind Flaxen Flare (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.