SIN PALO has yet to fulfil the potential he showed on his chasing debut but there's still plenty of time and this looks his for the taking. Beaten a head by the classy Muirhead at Galway, he was travelling easily when falling three out at Ballinrobe last time and compensation awaits. Arabella Boy is a decent staying chaser but is likely to find one or two of these too quick and Crash looks a bigger threat. He scored over this trip at Punchestown in December and competed at a very high level subsequently. He should win good races this season and will take advantage if the selection fluffs his lines. Gates Of Rome has plenty of strong form in novice company over fences but Deal Done needs further and Whatuthink is much better over hurdles.
Arabella Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Always rear, in touch 4 out but no extra after next, soon weakened and pulled up before last, in a race won by Roi Du Mee (11-8) at Punchestown 2m 7f chs Grade 3 (1) hvy in Oct, 5 ran.
Crash (IRE) 13-2 (10-13) Mid-division, headway into 3rd before 6 out, mistake 3 out, ridden entering straight and no extra in 6th before last where left moderate 4th, 4th of 12, 21l behind Like Your Style (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in May.
Deal Done (FR) 16-1 (10-11) Prominent, moderate 7th 7 out, left closer and not fluent 4 out, soon no impression under pressure, 6th of 18, 13l behind Faltering Fullback (9-12) at Listowel 3m hcp chs hvy in Sep.
Gates Of Rome (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, no extra approaching straight, 6th of 12, 30l behind Like Your Style (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in May.
Sin Palo (IRE) Evensfav (11-5) Tracked leaders, close enough in 4th on inner when fell 3 out, in a race won by Rivage D'Or (11-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f chs sft in Sep, 7 ran.
Whatuthink (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, weakened 4 out, 13th of 15, well behind Carlingford Lough (10-11) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Aug.