Joseph O'Brien is double-handed here with J J Slevin preferring to ride Jack Dillinger, who won twice over hurdles but has failed to add to that tally in seven outings over fences and reappears after a nine-month break. Stablemate STAR MAX gets the vote even though this 2m6f trip is a step into the unknown. He showed decent form in competitive 2m4f novice handicaps earlier this year and was taking on a couple of useful sorts when third at Killarney last month. Gigginstown are also represented by Aforementioned who holds claims on his second to Doctor Duffy at Kilbeggan. Pilbara didn't set the world alight over fences last year but has progressed well in hurdles this summer winning twice and was a creditable fifth in a valuable staying handicap at the Galway Festival. Stacks Mountain is another to consider.
1e 7|STAR MAX|144
3e 6|STACKS MOUNTAIN|131