Having won easily on his chasing debut at Limerick, IMMEDIATE RESPONSE didn't quite progress as expected when narrowly beaten by Canaly here but the winner is useful and there looks nothing of his calibre to trouble Willie Mullins' charge here. Allee Garde looked a smart prospect at this time a year ago but has gone backwards while Crash, narrowly beaten by Medical Card in a Grade 2 at Naas last January, has also become very disappointing. Ros Brin could provide more of a threat as she's won here in the past and her allowance should help.
Allee Garde (FR) 6-1 (11-0) Prominent and led after 1st, ridden approaching 3 out where headed, soon no extra and weakened, last of 5, 48l behind Treacle (11-0) at Down Royal 3m 2f chs hvy.
Crash (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division early, towards rear 6 out, ridden and no impression 4 out, 7th of 12, 47l behind Gates Of Rome (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl hvy.
Immediate Response (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, dropped to 4th halfway, 3rd 2 out where slightly hampered, ridden and kept on one pace, no impression run-in, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Canaly (11-12) at Clonmel 2m chs in Feb.
Rubert (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Prominent, in front 4th, joined 4 out, headed into straight, fell 3 out, in a race won by Competitive Edge (10-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs hvy, 14 ran.
Made In Taipan (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, 12th halfway, no threat from 4 out, 11th of 14, 42l behind Fosters Cross (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hdl gs.
Ros Brin (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, 3rd 4 out, soon ridden, no impression straight, 9th of 17, 42l behind Rich Revival (10-9) at Naas 3m hcp chs sft.