This is by far the stronger of the two divisions as a number have already shown plenty of promise over fences. Heaney made mistakes but kept on well at Kilbeggan last month and has scope for improvement. Playtime Ben was only beaten two lengths when favourite over a shorter trip here last time, though Mattara was still in contention when falling in that race and shouldn't be ignored. Raajih is another to consider and Pals Leg has always looked a chase in the making over hurdles but STONEMASTER is probably the one to beat. He had Raajih a place behind when second at Kilbeggan and would have been the best of these over hurdles.
Bacher Son (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ld, jnd appr 2out, hdd sn after 2out, 3l 2nd appr last, battled well to hold 2nd, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Cloudy Joker (11-4) at Tallanstown 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.
Charlie Swift (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Ld/disp, ld from 6out, chall 3out & hdd early flat, fought back to ld under 50 yards out, game, won at Kinsale 3m ire ptp gd in Jun beating Maggie's Boy (12-0) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Cloone Springs (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, struggling 2 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 8th of 15, 7l behind Captain Ocana (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chase gf in Jun.
Definite Ridge (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Soon towards raer, no impression 3 out, 12th of 15, 44l behind Captain Ocana (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chase gf in Jun.
Heaney (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Involved in a bit of scrimmaging early, slight mistake 2nd, soon mid-division, went moderate 3rd approaching straight, no impression when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Six Stone Ned (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f beg chase gf in Jun.
High Handel 16-1 (11-9) Led, clear leader from 4th, reduced advantage 6 out, ridden and headed 3 out, no extra in 5th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Moscow Chief (11-12) at Cork 3m mdn hdl gf in May, 13 ran.
Maller Tree 5-1 (11-9) Soon chased leaders, no impression from 2 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 11l behind Blue Cannon (11-6) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase gf in Jun.
Mattara (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, not far from leaders when fell 3 out, in a race won by Captain Ocana (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chase gf in Jun, 15 ran.
Ongenstown Lad (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Waited with well off the pace, improved into moderate 4th before 2 out, no impression in moderate 3rd when fell last, in a race won by Esporao (11-12) at Clonmel 2m beg chase in Jun, 14 ran.
Pals Leg (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Soon chased leaders, 4th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace approaching next, 4th of 16, 14l behind Fromthecloudsabove (10-9) at Wexford 3m mdn hdl gf in Jun.
Playtime Ben (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Soon mid-division, bad mistake 6th, progress into 6th 2 out, challenged and carried wide from before last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Captain Ocana (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chase gf in Jun.
Stonemaster (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) Close up, led 6th, joined next, 2nd when a bit slow 8th, on terms again before 3 out, 2nd when not fluent 2 out, no extra and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Tom Horn (11-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f beg chase gf in Jun.
Raajih 13-2 (11-5) Keen hold, led and disputed, reined back before 7th, tracked leaders after, on terms again approaching straight, soon headed, still close up when mistake last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 13, 12l behind Tom Horn (11-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f beg chase gf in Jun.
Connemara Kate (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Waited with, soon mid-division, moderate 5th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 21l behind Keep On Track (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs gf in Jun.
Our Ned (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Alws pr, ld from 4out, easily, won at Ballysteen 3m ire ptp gd in Apr beating Finish The Story (11-4) by 15l, 6 ran.
Get More (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs in 3rd from 5th, 8l 3rd 5out, 4l 3rd & mstk 3out, no ex in 3rd bef last until 4th early flat, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Moateland (11-4) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp gd in Jun.
Ri Na Tire (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 6th early, 10th and no extra 3 out, 10th of 12, well behind Breffni Gael (10-6) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-102 in Jun.
Rockofinspiration 28-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, 10th at 6th, pulled up and dismounted before 6 out (normal 7 out), in a race won by Tom Horn (11-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f beg chase gf in Jun, 13 ran.