Dick Dundee scored over these fences earlier in the year and won at Listowel last time. But he only just got the better of the re-opposing Beneficial Spirit and is 7lb higher today. Osana has been well beaten in handicaps either side of winning at Ballinrobe while Toostrong has failed to improve on his second at Listowel last month, albeit in better company than this. Mister First can be given a chance off his current mark but a speculative vote goes to Michael Hourigan's A FINE YOUNG MAN as he's gone well fresh before and won at Cork back in March.
Adams Island (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Prominent, 3rd before 3 out, soon lost place and no extra, 12th of 18, 18l behind The Crafty Butcher (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl in Sep.
Dick Dundee 12-1 (11-9) Always prominent, led 4 out, clear approaching straight, a bit slow last, soon strongly pressed, stayed on well, won at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 in Sep beating Beneficial Spirit (11-0) by nk, 15 ran.
Forty Foot Tom 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leader in 2nd and disputed from 5th, ridden and led briefly entering straight, headed 2 out and soon no impression on winner, no extra run-in, 5th of 14, 9l behind Madam Bovary (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 5f nov chs hvy in Apr.
Character Actor (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Soon led, headed before straight, soon no extra, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 19l behind Whats Happening (11-6) at Limerick 3m chs gf in Jul.
Osana (FR) 10-1 (11-10) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along after 5 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind King Vuvuzela (10-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 gf.
Toostrong (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Soon disputed lead, headed and dropped to 3rd before straight, no extra when pecked 2 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Rebel Fitz (11-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f nov chs (1) gd, 7 ran.
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, moderate 2nd before 2 out, closed from last, kept on without getting to winner, 2nd of 15, nk behind Dick Dundee (11-9) at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 in Sep.
Mister First (FR) 9-1 (11-5) Chased leader, led after 4th, headed 4 out, ridden in 4th entering straight, no extra in 5th 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 11l behind King Vuvuzela (10-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 gf.
A Fine Young Man (IRE) 13-2 (9-8) Tracked leaders, close up when fell 7 out, in a race won by Twinlight (11-10) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs hvy in Apr, 15 ran.
For A Finish 25-1 (10-6) Settled in rear of mid-division, some headway after 3 out and 8th next, soon no extra and weakened entering straight, tailed off, 10th of 17, well behind Victrix Gale (10-10) at Galway 3m hcp hdl 88-130 sft in Jul.
Letter Of Credit (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Waited with, not fluent 1st, improved into 6th into straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 12l behind Run With The Wind (11-12) at Listowel 2m 1f beg chs in Sep.
Drumlister (IRE) 7-2fav (10-12) Soon tracked leaders, 5th approaching 6 out, moderate 3rd approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 23l behind Wildcatted (10-4) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 gd.