The veteran Prince Rudi is well up to this at his best though he's probably a few pounds high since landing a tough Punchestown handicap over a year ago. HAZARIBAN went up 7lb for his victory over today's rival Malt Gem on very heavy ground at Gowran and couldn't quite get to Sammy Black at Naas, when Some Officer was around 12l behind, but today's longer trip will suit and he can get back to winning ways. Malt Gem will be no better off and looks held but Gold Patrol has been running very well and is a definite threat though he keeps going up in the weights without winning.
Prince Rudi (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Prominent early and tracked leaders in 4th, 2nd from 5th, headway to dispute briefly 2 out, headed approaching last where jumped left, no extra run-in, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Courtncatcher (10-12) at Naas 2m 4f in Oct.
Hazariban (IRE) 11-1 (10-6) Rear of mid-division, some progress into moderate 8th 3 out, ridden in 6th next, went 4th at last, kept on without threatening to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 17, 1 3/4l behind Sammy Black (10-0) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140.
Gold Patrol (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Held up, mainly 3rd, improved to dispute 2nd from before 4 out, ridden in close 3rd entering straight, no extra before last, 2nd and no impression on winner last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Mikael D'Haguenet (11-0) at Thurles 3m hdl sft.
The Bishop Looney (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Chased leader and slow 1st, rear next, not fluent, ridden and no impression 3 out, weakened, last of 4, 23l behind Mikael D'Haguenet (11-0) at Thurles 3m hdl sft.
Some Officer (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Soon chased leaders, ridden in 4th before straight, soon no impression, ran on without troubling winner run-in to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Once And Always (10-3) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy.
Malt Gem (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, progress into 2nd 2 out, ridden to lead before last, headed run-in, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Hazariban (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Feb.
Horendus Hulabaloo (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, disputed from 4 out, ridden entering straight, no extra before last, 5th of 7, 13l behind Giantofaman (11-3) at Thurles 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Bangonform (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) Mid-division when fell 2nd, in a race won by Foritsa (9-4) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs (10yo+), 14 ran.
Boland's Corner (GER) 20-1 (10-8) Prominent and disputed lead, led 6th, joined approaching straight and headed after 3 out, soon ridden and no extra in 5th approaching last, 5th of 9, 10l behind Inis Meain (11-10) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy in Feb.
Cool Oscar (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Prominent early, not always fluent jumping, dropped towards rear 7th, behind before 9th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Miss Xian (11-5) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 80-116 in Dec, 15 ran.
Bothair Clei (IRE) 11-2fav (10-10) Soon chased leaders, ridden to go 3rd before straight, dropped to moderate 4th before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 8l behind Another Challenge (11-6) at Thurles 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Feb.
Globalized (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, lost place on bend approaching 4th, 8th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on without threatening run-in, 5th of 14, 10l behind Another Challenge (11-6) at Thurles 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Feb.
Vic Chic (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Soon disputed lead, not fluent 6 out, headed and dropped to 3rd before straight, moderate 4th and no impression 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 9l behind Tooreen (10-10) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-109.
Vinnie Trenta (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Led early, not fluent 3rd, dropped to 4th 5 out, weakened and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Gone Bust (10-13) at Limerick 3m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy, 18 ran.