ABBEY LANE won a major handicap over hurdles at Leopardstown last January and was expected to do well over fences but hasn't shown that level of form. He won't get too many better opportunities and holds Starkie on their latest run at Fairyhouse so gets the vote. Prima Vista would prefer better ground on his first start since November but Liberty's Gift makes his chasing debut and should do well at the game as should Rafi De Triana, who showed potential when chasing home Lough Roe Lady on his debut over fences at Clonmel.
Abbey Lane (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Close up, on terms 3 out, 2nd before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from after 2 out,, 4th of 13, 10l behind Some Tikket (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f nov hcp chs sft.
Liberty's Gift (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Pressed leader, led after 3rd, mistake and headed 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 10, 27l behind Karinga Dancer (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gs in Oct.
Prima Vista 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along in 3rd after 2 out and no extra when mistake last, 4th of 10, 15l behind The Shepherd King (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs in Nov.
Princeton Plains (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Rear of mid-division, towards rear 3 out, soon no impression, 20th of 24, well behind Gilgamboa (10-9) at Leopardstown 2m Handicap Hurdle (0-150) (Grade B) (4yo+) sft in Jan.
Quigleys Express (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, slow 3rd, no impression from before 5 out, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Lough Roe Lady (11-5) at Clonmel 2m beg chase hvy.
Rafi De Triana (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Mid-division, progress into 5th 3 out, 3rd entering straight, ridden to challenge 2 out, under pressure in 2nd before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Lough Roe Lady (11-5) at Clonmel 2m beg chase hvy.
Starkie 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 6th before straight, close up behind leaders when not fluent 2 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace,, 5th of 13, 14l behind Some Tikket (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f nov hcp chs sft.
Top Cat Henry (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led 3rd, jumped a bit slow at 7th, headed 2 out, soon weakened, last of 6, well behind Band Of Blood (11-7) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl hvy in Oct.
Federici 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, slight mistake 7th, ridden in 8th 3 out, no impression in 7th 2 out, kept on one pace, left moderate 4th last, 4th of 13, 21l behind Ludo Et Emergo (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase.
The Cookie Jar (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Soon in rear, slightly impeded by faller 4th, pushed along briefly from 4 out, under pressure before 3 out, no impression approaching straight, kept on same pace,, 5th of 8, 49l behind Adriana Des Mottes (10-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mares nov hdl Gr 1 (1) sft.