Clonbanan Lad is possibly Ireland's best bumper but the quick ground won't play to his strengths. MOSCOW MANNON looks another high-class bumper and he won't mind the ground having won on good going at Galway last summer. His overall form looks strong enough for this and he's handed the vote. Pique Sous is progressing nicely but needs to make major progress from his Leopardstown success while Jezki hasn't beaten much in two Leopardstown victories though he's another with plenty of potential. New Year's Eve has done everything right so far and his trainer has been in outstanding form this season but the son of Motivator steps up massively from victories at Ludlow and Market Rasen. Royal Guardsman was impressive at Ascot last time and there may have been a valid excuse for an earlier defeat by the unbeaten Sir Johnson at Aintree.
Champagne Fever (IRE) 1-4fav (11-12) Made all, ridden clear from 2f out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Jan beating Elsie (11-0) by 13l, 9 ran.
Circular Quay 17-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, good headway on outside over 3f out, led inside final 3f, ridden over 1f out, driven and stayed on well final furlong, won at Sandown 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov beating Keep Kicking (11-7) by 1l, 14 ran.
Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, good headway entering straight and led over 2f out, soon stretched clear and stayed on well final furlong, easily, won at Naas 2m 3f N H flat sft in Feb beating Mozoltov (12-0) by 12l, 8 ran.
Glenwood Present (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Tetlami (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) gd in Feb.
Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, chased leaders, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-1) at Ascot 2m NH flat Listed (1) sft in Dec.
Many Clouds (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up, headway over 5f out, led over 2f out, clear 1f out, easily, won at Wetherby 2m mdn nhf (6) gs in Feb beating Yorkist (10-2) by 12l, 12 ran.
Moscow Mannon (IRE) 7-4 (11-10) Chased leaders, closer order approaching 6f out, 2nd approaching straight, challenged and on terms under 2f out, soon led and ridden clear from over 1f out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Gowran Park 2m N H flat sft in Jan beating Morning Royalty (11-12) by 7l, 6 ran.
Piano Concerto (USA) 33-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, well beaten over 3f out, last of 12, 35l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-2) at Newbury 2m Listed NH flat (1) gs in Feb.
Pique Sous (FR) 7-4fav (11-13) Tracked leader in 2nd, led entering straight and soon asserted, kept on well from over 1f out, won at Leopardstown 2m N H flat gs in Feb beating Dancers Dilemma (11-7) by 4l, 12 ran.
Royal Guardsman (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, steady headway 7f out, effort travelling well and quickened between horses approaching final 2f, led over 1f out, ridden and edged left soon after, came well clear final furlong, won at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) gs in Feb beating Atlantic Roller (11-2) by 7l, 14 ran.
Sir Johnson 10-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, challenged over 7f out, led over 5f out, ridden 2f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Oct beating Talkonthestreet (11-0) by 3l, 17 ran.
The Romford Pele (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Always prominent, led over 2f out, stayed on well, pushed out, won at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Feb beating Imperial Leader (10-1) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Village Vic (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up, switched left and headway 3f out, edged right and led just over 1f out, hard pressed thereafter, edged right well inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 12, shd behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-2) at Newbury 2m Listed NH flat (1) gs in Feb.
Yes Way Hosay (IRE) 7-2fav (11-7) Waited with, progress to chase leaders 5f out, ridden into moderate 3rd from over 2f out, closed and led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wexford 2m N H flat sft in Oct beating Tornado In Milan (11-7) by 2l, 12 ran.
Cool George 33-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, led over 4f out, came well clear inside final 2f, very easily, won at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) sft in Jan beating Umadachar (9-4) by 9l, 16 ran.
Horatio Hornblower (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) In touch in mid-division, improved from 4f out, switched left over 2f out, unable to quicken over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, stayed on well final 100 yards, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-2) at Newbury 2m Listed NH flat (1) gs in Feb.
Jezki (IRE) Evensfav (11-7) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, headway to go 2nd approaching straight, led 2f out and pushed out to assert, kept on well, comfortably, won at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf gd beating The Big Easy (11-5) by 2l, 8 ran.
New Year's Eve 8-13fav (10-11) Held up mid-division, headway over 6f out on inner, led over 2f out, soon quickened clear, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Feb beating Swinging Sultan (11-11) by 8l, 9 ran.
The New One (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, switched left over 1f out, soon led, stayed on well (no time taken), won at Cheltenham 1m 6f 4yo NH flat (Listed) (1) gs in Jan beating Chancery (11-2) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
Virginia Ash (IRE) 11-10fav (10-7) Tracked leader, led 4f out, stayed towards inside and driven and joined 2f out, stayed on to assert over 1f out, won at Kempton 2m NH flat (5) gd in Feb beating This Is Me (10-7) by 5l, 4 ran.