The Real Article was probably the best of these over hurdles and Edward O'Grady will have given him plenty of schooling. But this looks an above-average beginners' chase and several have already jumped fences in public. PLEASE TALK finished a long way ahead of Savello when fourth to Dylan Ross at Navan on his chasing bow and, on a line through the latter, has the beating of Mazuri Cowboy. Noel Meade's charge will have learned from that run and can open his account over the larger obstacles today as Cadspeed continues to disappoint and Castle Wings unseated his rider at Thurles last time. Lord Lir, Raggletagglegypsy and the mare Dream Function are all worth noting for future reference but Lucky Spring is jumping fences late in life.
Cadspeed (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, not fluent 7th, 10th and no impression from 3 out, 9th of 15, 33l behind Clouded Thoughts (11-9) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chase gd in May.
Castle Wings (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd 3 out, no impression in 4th when blundered and unseated rider next, in a race won by Farrells Fancy (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs in Oct, 16 ran.
Cherrys Son (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Towards rear, some headway approaching straight, went moderate 4th after 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 13l behind Far Away So Close (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy in Nov.
In The Well (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, in rear when slow jump 9th, last of 11, well behind Far Away So Close (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Lord Gale (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division on inner, 7th halfway, no extra from 4 out, 10th of 11, well behind Far Away So Close (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Lord Lir (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Prominent, led 7 out, strongly pressed and headed from 2 out, rallied well but not quite match winner closing stages, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Tillahow (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chs in Nov.
Lucky Spring (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway to narrow lead 3 out, ridden before 2 out, challenged last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Nov '11 beating Montan (10-10) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Mazuri Cowboy (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, mistake 1st, never a factor, kept on one pace, 10th of 16, well behind Marito (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Please Talk (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along to challenge approaching 3 out, ridden 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, kept on one pace, lost 3rd closing stages, 4th of 8, 12l behind Dylan Ross (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs in Nov.
Raggletagglegypsy (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th entering straight, ridden 2 out, stayed on into close 4th last, no extra run-in, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Lough Ferrib (10-12) at Listowel 2m hcp hdl hvy in Sep.
Savello (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Led, joined 4th until led again after 6th, strongly pressed and headed after 4 out, ridden along when blundered 2 out, no impression in 3rd approaching last, no extra run-in and dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 16, 16l behind Marito (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
The Real Article (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, mistake 5th and lost place, ridden to go 8th after 2 out, kept on one pace run-in, 7th of 20, 14l behind Rebel Fitz (11-5) at Galway 2m hcp hdl sft in Aug.
Dream Function (IRE) 9-2 (10-4) In touch, mistake 2nd, shaken up and lost place after 5th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Rock On Ruby (11-10) at Newbury 2m Listed hcap hdle (1) gs in Nov '11, 11 ran.
Lillymile (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, weakened 6 out, completely tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Avondhu Lady (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chs in Nov.
Knocklong (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 11th halfway, no threat from 4 out, 11th of 16, well behind Marito (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Royalor (FR) 2-1 (12-0) Made all, ko best from 2out, won at Punchestown 3m ire ptp sft in Feb '11 beating Wheres Wal (12-0) by 4l, 10 ran.