Shershewill has been in excellent form on quicker ground than she'll face here but was beaten off a 3lb lower mark at Downpatrick last time. Roman General is yet to win a race and is another looking a few pounds high while Fire Belt makes his handicap debut after a narrow victory in a Fairyhouse maiden. HOP IN was having his first start for a year when just failing to catch Alpha And Omega at Naas and a 5lb rise shouldn't be enough to prevent him going one better. Mad For Road may prove best of the remainder.
Shershewill (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Soon chased leaders, improved 3 out, challenged from before 2 out, no impression and kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Point The Toes (10-13) at Downpatrick 2m 2f gf in Jun.
Roman General (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Pushed along early, rear of mid-division, headway in 8th before straight, ridden into 4th 2 out, 2nd last, no impression winner run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 5l behind Carriganog (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Fire Belt (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, closed up in 3rd 3 out, challenged and led last, stayed on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft beating Captainofthefleet (11-12) by 1l, 10 ran.
Director's Forum (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, not jump fluently, lost place from before straight, soon no extra, rider reported his mount never travelled, 10th of 14, 45l behind Curley Bill (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Doctor Jim (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, improved to 3rd entering straight, ridden and wandered approaching 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 3rd of 18, 7l behind Wontbelongnow (10-11) at Killarney 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in May.
Hop In (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, pushed along after 2 out and not fluent last, kept on well under pressure run-in, just failed, 2nd of 15, hd behind Alpha And Omega (11-4) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Oct.
False Prophet (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Waited with well off pace towards rear, closer in 7th 4 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace into straight, 5th of 9, 31l behind Twigline (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov '12.
Mad For Road (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Settled behind leaders, slight mistake 4th, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th and no impression 2 out, no extra entering straight, 11th of 19, 32l behind Mrs Mac Veale (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.
Fred Diamond (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Prominent, hampered 2nd, moderate 3rd and no impression approaching straight, kept on same pace, 6th of 17, 50l behind Sizing Platinum (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl gs in May.
Balrath Hope (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden 4 out, no impression from next, 6th of 9, well behind Alonso (11-7) at Wexford 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl in Oct.
Gold Not Silver (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders early, 6th after 4 out, closed up after 3 out, no extra next, moderate 4th and kept on same pace from last, 4th of 7, 28l behind Very Wood (11-7) at Galway 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Great Promises (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Always rear, no threat from 2 out, weakened, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Massini's Trap (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl gf in Aug.
Benalex Park 50-1 (11-9) Mid-division, poor 11th approaching 5 out, soon no danger, 13th of 16, well behind Mr Fiftyone (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft.