CLASHNABROOK came good at this time a year ago and has hit a similar rich vein of form. Runner-up to the very well handicapped Colbert Station over hurdles at Punchestown at the beginning of the month, he battled to victory over a trip short of his best back over fences last week and a penalty shouldn't prevent a quick follow-up. Mazuri Cowboy won a beginners' chase at Limerick in December and has since performed with credit over hurdles so he has to be considered along with the novice Stony Grey Soil, who was feeling the pinch when falling at the last in the race won by Immediate Response at Limerick. Wilde Wit Pleasure won a handicap over today's trip at Cork then found 2m1f too short on his next start while it's intriguing to see the once high-class hurdler Franchoek, runner-up to Celestial Halo in the 2008 Triumph Hurdle, returning after a break of almost three years.
Beeverstown (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Led, ridden and headed before last, soon no extra and pulled up, in a race won by Lastoftheleaders (11-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs hvy, 11 ran.
Mazuri Cowboy (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd early straight and no impression before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 5l behind Sherika (9-5) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Jan.
Stony Grey Soil (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) Soon raced in 2nd, improved to be on terms before straight, not match winner from before last and beaten when fell, in a race won by Immediate Response (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Wilde Wit Pleasure (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden into 3rd entering straight, every chance 1f out, 4th and no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 8l behind Competitive Edge (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Troll D'oudairies (FR) 7-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd approaching straight, no extra in 4th after 2 out and dropped to 5th closing stages, 5th of 15, 11l behind Ros Brin (11-2) at Clonmel 2m beg chs in Dec.
Viaduct Joey (IRE) 28-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, a bit slow 6 out, moderate 5th and no impression from before straight, left moderate 2nd from last, 2nd of 7, 21l behind Immediate Response (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Jan.
Franchoek (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Prominent, led 7th, ridden and headed last, weakened flat, 2nd of 8, 10l behind Polyfast (11-8) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun '10.
Count Salazar (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Raced 6th, ridden from 3 out, went moderate 5th entering straight, no impression, 4th of 6, well behind Rock Critic (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl hvy.
Clashnabrook (IRE) 9-4fav (11-1) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to challenge 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-109 hvy beating Prince Of Forwards (10-8) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Karinga Queen (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Towards rear when badly hampered 6th, behind when pulled up after next, in a race won by Lookoutnow (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan, 13 ran.