14:25 - Alluringly
Aidan has an excellent record in this race in recent seasons and he clearly has his horses in great form at the moment, so of course I go into the race hopeful. But I have never sat on the filly before and all that I know is that she stepped up considerably on her juvenile form when winning a 1m1f maiden impressively at Tipperary last month on decent ground. She comes from a really good family and there is plenty of stamina on the distaff side, so I'd be happy enough about her staying this trip, and a draw in two is obviously okay.
15:35 - Golden Spear
He looks to have had an in-and-out season over hurdles, and is not ideally drawn in 12. But he was a progressive stayer when we last saw him on the Flat and he just touched off Nakeeta in a big field in the November handicap at Leopardstown. He races off a 6lb higher mark here but he shapes as if there is to more to come, he is fit from hurdling, and conditions look fine for him. As ever, luck in-running will be key here but he looks to have a decent chance from my assessment of the race if he gets a clear, and clean, run round.
16:05 - Whip Nae Nae
We are drawn 8 of 8, so that isn't great. And his pedigree doesn't say 1m4f to you. But his run-style is definitely suggesting the step up in distance may suit, as he stuck on really well over an extended 1m2f at Doncaster last time. He has gone up 3lb for that third, but he is going the right way and he handles good and quick ground well.