LUKE'S BENEFIT has won this for the past two years and looks set for a hat-trick. He bounced back to winning ways over hurdles last time and, as Brian Crawley can claim 7lb, can race off a mark lower than a year ago. Art Lord has a 6lb penalty for his recent victory at Navan, his first chasing success on just his fifth start. He should go well along with Troll D'Oudairies, who is still a maiden but who went well for a long way at Navan last time. Solstice Knight hasn't been seen since landing a novices' handicap at Fairyhouse in April though that's rarely a problem for one from his yard while El Mondo has now dropped to a low enough mark to make his presence felt.
Solstice Knight (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on inner in 4th, ridden and went 2nd soon after 2 out, challenged last and led run-in, kept on well under pressure, won at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 in Apr beating Sea Master (9-9) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
The Way We Were (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 6th of 15, 20l behind Black Benny (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs gf in Aug.
Troll D'Oudairies (FR) 6-1 (10-11) Held up, soon towards rear, closer in 7th after 5 out, smooth headway straight, 3rd before 2 out, no impression last, kept on one pace run-in, 3rd of 15, 7l behind Oscars Business (10-7) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130.
Art Lord (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Always prominent and 2nd for much, improved to lead before 2 out, soon ridden clear, reduced advantage but stayed on well under pressure run-in, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 sft beating Crowded Room (11-5) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Beckwith Star (IRE) 22-1 (11-8) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no extra from 4 out, moderate 10th after 2 out,, 10th of 13, 32l behind Foritsa (9-12) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 sft.
Luke's Benefit (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, closer order before 4 out, close 3rd 2 out, led last, kept on well run-in, just held on, won at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 beating Might Be Magic (10-9) by shd, 16 ran.
Araglen Lad (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd and soon clear, led after 3rd, reduced advantage halfway, headed before 4 out, soon ridden and no extra, 5th of 9, 32l behind Slew Charm (11-3) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp chs 0-109 gd.
El Mondo (FR) 14-1 (11-4) Waited with towards rear, some progress to chase leaders 3 out, soon moderate 6th, 4th before 2 out, went moderate 3rd before straight, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 19l behind Georgie (9-12) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Oct.
Whats On The Menu (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Towards rear, brought down 4th, in a race won by Wrong Turn (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-116 sft, 18 ran.
Kennoway (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Mid-division, blundered badly and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Art Lord (11-11) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 sft, 11 ran.
Cheap As Chips (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, progress into 7th 4 out, ridden in 6th and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 23l behind Kylecrue (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 2f beg chs gd.
Reality Dose (IRE) 22-1 (9-10) Rear of mid-division, moderate 9th after 5 out, no impression in 8th approaching last, kept on one pace,, 7th of 13, 24l behind Foritsa (9-12) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 sft.