2m. 4 Declared.
Matheson H'dle (Grade 1) of €150,000.00 4-y-o plus
1st - €90,000.00 2nd - €30,000.00 3rd - €15,000.00 4th - €7,500.00
FormscanBy Michael Graham - Willie Mullins has a phenomenal roll of honour in this Grade 1 having landed nine of the last 11 renewals, and looks poised for another victory as he saddles three of the four runners. Last year's hero STATE MAN comes back for more and is hard to go past. He looked as good as ever on his seasonal reappearance in the Grade 1 Morgiana at Punchestown as he put his head down and readily galloped home. He has won six Grade 1 contests and the only horse to beat him at the top level is the mighty Constitution Hill. State Man's stablemate, Impaire Et Passe, is an interesting contender dropping in trip. He has two Grade 1 victories in his locker and wasn't beaten far into second over further in the Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse on his latest start. Echoes In Rain is a more than capable sort who is likely to be played late. She has five lengths to find with State Man who beat her into second in the Morgiana, though.
A hurdle for four years old and upwardsWeights - 11st 12lbs Mares allowed 7lbs