Willie Mullins has won this three times in seven years and this looks just a question of whether PRIDE OFTHE PARISH will be good enough to see off Road To Riches. Both have been very impressive in bumpers, the former when slamming his rivals by 12l at Limerick last December, and the latter when easily landing the odds at Naas a month ago following an earlier victory between the flags. They look a pair of classy recruits to hurdling and should win plenty more races whatever today's outcome. Los Amigos ran a shocker when fancied for a bumper here in April but had looked a potentially nice type earlier while Lastofthepilots can put his hurdling experience to good use and challenge for a place.
Alderway (IRE) Alderbrook gelding out of Masriyna.
Lastofthepilots (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Settled towards rear, good headway to go 2nd 5 out and disputed briefly approaching 3 out, ridden and no impression on winner after 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Bombadero (11-4) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Los Amigos (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and no impression before straight, weakened, 7th of 12, well behind Flash Of Genius (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 2f N H flat hvy in Apr.
Pride ofthe Parish (IRE) 9-10fav (12-0) Waited with towards rear, progress to track leaders approaching straight, 2nd and challenged travelling well from 2f out, led and ridden out to assert from 1f out, won at Limerick 2m 2f N H flat hvy in Dec beating Royal Vic (11-4) by 12l, 10 ran.
Road To Riches (IRE) 8-13fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, improved to lead travelling well 2 1/2f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on strongly final furlong, impressive, won at Naas 2m 3f N H flat hvy in Oct beating Gold Bullet (11-10) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Whole Nine Yards (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, mistake 5th, no extra from 3 out and soon weakened, 10th of 18, 38l behind Pique Sous (11-12) at Thurles 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) in Oct.
Peinora (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Waited with towards rear, well off the pace, kept on without threatening from 4 out, 5th of 17, 21l behind The Boys Dont Know (10-13) at Thurles 2m mares mdn hdl.