Mantell scored over hurdles at Limerick a week ago and has won from a higher mark over fences though not for a very long time. Tawrific Laois hasn't won a race of any description since 2007 and though running reasonably well he's difficult to enthuse over. Alabama Ridge and SECOND GLANCE are very consistent and the handicapper can't release his grip on the former who has been placed seven times over fences. Both are still maidens over jumps but the latter has more scope than his rival and makes his handicap debut from what may prove a lenient mark. D's Trix isn't badly treated but is better over further.
Johnny Gonzalez (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 3rd 6 out, 5th under pressure 3 out, soon no extra, 6th of 10, 26l behind Oola Lad (10-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Jun.
Lake Return (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Always towards rear, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Wicklow Lad (9-12) at Thurles 2m 2f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-109) (4yo+) sft, 12 ran.
Alabama Banjo (IRE) 7-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway into 2nd 3 out, improved to challenge last, led entering straight, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Mirador Del Conde (11-5) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Oct.
Second Glance (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, improved to challenge 3 out, ridden in 2nd and no extra entering straight, 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Romanesco (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m beg chs hvy.
Mantell (IRE) 5-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd after 4 out, 2nd and challenged 2 out, led last, kept on well, won at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-102 sft beating Brave Heart (10-8) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Regal Ambition (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Chased leaders early, 6th halfway, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 8th of 13, 34l behind Romanesco (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m beg chs hvy.
Bonny Isle (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Borolee (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102 in Oct, 18 ran.
Tawrific Laois (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Mid-division, 6th halfway, some headway before 4 out, went 2nd at next, no impression on winner from before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 17l behind Wicklow Lad (9-12) at Thurles 2m 2f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-109) (4yo+) sft.
Vision Of Glory (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Mid-division on inner, no extra from 3 out, weakened, 8th of 9, 43l behind Carleton Place (11-10) at Tramore 2m hcp chs 0-102 fm in Aug.
D's Trix (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Towards rear, 9th halfway, moderate 7th approaching 2 out, kept on under pressure without threatening, 4th of 12, 40l behind Wicklow Lad (9-12) at Thurles 2m 2f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-109) (4yo+) sft.
Stonesinmypocket (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, no extra from 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 32l behind More Claret (10-8) at Wexford 2m 1f beg chs in Oct.
Bulls And Mortar (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Led and disputed, 2nd and clear of remainder approaching 7 out, dropped to 5th approaching 4 out, no extra and fell next, in a race won by For A Finish (11-12) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-109 gd in Oct, 15 ran.