DRUMLISTER has been in terrific form over hurdles and is back over the larger obstacles for the first time since beating Best Of Bocelli over track and trip a little less than a year ago. The runner-up is 5lb better off but Arthur Moore's seven-year-old will be helped by his rider's 7lb claim and can confirm the form and get back to winning ways. Acapulco Gold looks the danger having just failed to peg back previous winner Lost Legend at Stratford - the third has franked the form since. Aces And Kings and The Book Thief have each-way claims while Cloone Rocket should strip fitter for a fourth at Kilbeggan and would have more class than these if back to his best.
Big Generator 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 5th, fell 4 out, in a race won by Saoirse Dun (9-10) at Naas 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-109 in Nov, 15 ran.
Cloone Rocket (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Soon prominent, 3rd approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 18l behind Double Seven (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 gf in Jun.
Big Dano (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Soon prominent, a bit slow 6 out, dropping back when pecked 5 out, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Double Seven (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 gf in Jun, 14 ran.
Carlos Fandango (IRE) 18-1 (11-7) Towards rear, slightly hampered 3 out, ridden to chase leaders from before last, kept on without threatening, 7th of 15, 6l behind Captain Ocana (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chase gf in Jun.
Lord Lir (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, closer in 4th and under pressure 4 out, no impression approaching next, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 32l behind Luna Runner (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chase gf in Jun.
Best Of Bocelli (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Prominent, 4th approaching 3 out, 6th and no extra next, kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 30l behind Annie Other (11-3) at Wexford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gf in Jun.
Drumlister (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Always prominent, 3rd halfway, headway to lead briefly after 3 out, not fluent and headed next, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 16, 2 3/4l behind John The Soldier (11-2) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May.
Acapulco Gold (IRE) 7-2 (10-6) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, mistakes 8th and 9th, went 2nd 3 out, ridden and every chance last, unable to quicken when switched left flat, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Lost Legend (11-12) at Stratford 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Whiskey And Red (IRE) 4-1fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, some headway before last, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 13l behind Next Oasis (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Aces And Kings (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Led, pressed on with pursuer from before 5 out, reduced lead and joined from 3 out, headed approaching straight, soon dropped to 3rd, no impression from before 2 out, 2nd approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 7l behind Bally Longford (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gs in Jun.
Mayo Abbey (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, 6th after 7 out, left 5th 6 out, no impression from next, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Popaflora (9-3) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in May, 7 ran.
The Book Thief (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, niggled along 6th, moderate after 2 out (usual 3 out), soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 17l behind Gudnis Gracious Me (10-8) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in Jun.
Willowhill Warrior (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always behind and never a factor, no threat from halfway, completely tailed off, 10th of 15, well behind Sands Cove (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase gd in May.
Happy New Year (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden and no extra after 5 out, poor 8th 3 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 37l behind Hansupfordetroit (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 sft in May.
Stonesinmypocket (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Mid-division, ridden and weakened after 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Hansupfordetroit (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 sft in May, 15 ran.
The Baler (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 12th after 5 out, ridden and no impression from next, 9th of 18, well behind Daring Article (11-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp chs 0-116 in May.
Nivek's Dream (IRE) 11-2 (10-3) Raced mainly in 4th, wide straight, 3rd before 2 out, kept on same pace without threatening winner run-in, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Pur Style (10-9) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs 0-109 sft in May.
War Of Words (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Chased leaders early, niggled along circuit to go, mistake 6 out, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Sarah Battle (10-4) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-95 in May, 17 ran.