Soon prominent and disputed lead at times, slight mistake 3rd, not fluent 7th, lost place and slightly slow 8th, under pressure 5 out, moderate 6th before 4 out where impeded, no extra before next, pulled up 2 out
Prominent, slightly impeded 1st, 9th from 4th and soon towards rear, not fluent 7th, progress approaching 5 out, soon pushed along, moderate 10th before 4 out where impeded, pulled up before 2 out op 20/1
Towards rear, slight mistake 3rd, soon reminders, pulled up before 10th
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Holeinthewall Bar (9/4), Tulpar (3/1), Paper Lantern (4/1), Off The Charts (10/1), Town Pond (14/1), Telenor (16/1), Flynsini (16/1), Sunsetstorise (20/1), Court Adjourned (20/1), Fiddlers Way (20/1), St Maxime (25/1), Festive Day (25/1)
Last year's winner Sunsetstorise looks very much up against it to follow up for his new trainer on recent evidence but the same certainly cannot be said of HOLEINTHEWALL BAR. He was an effortless winner at Down Royal earlier this week and will scarcely know he had a race. The extra yardage isn't a worry and he will take plenty stopping. St Maxime would be a threat on previous form but has to defy a long layoff which rather tempers any enthusiasm at this stage. The chief threat ought to come from Tulpar, who returned to action with a game Punchestown success last month. The front two were well clear in that and he stands a big chance if not suffering any ill-effects. Town Pond may run well for a long way but the formbook suggests he'll find it harder the close they get to home.
1. Holeinthewall Bar
3. Town Pond