GREAT OAK has to be the selection here to continue her excellent form. John Nicholson's mare looked moderate over hurdles early in her career but has improved dramatically, scoring twice over fences and winning both recent starts on the Flat. She arrives here on a very lenient mark and will take the world of beating. Special Bar had shown promise before landing a Naas maiden last week but will find this tougher and Sole Witness may have more of a chance despite a long absence as he's another reverting to hurdles on a fair mark. Street Runner won over the C&D in August but is now a massive 14lb higher while Brian Who ran poorly on quick ground at Killarney after a convincing success on softer going at Bellewstown.
Latin Connection (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway approaching 7th, 5th and weakening when blundered 2 out, 6th of 13, 24l behind Bondage (11-3) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Sep.
Private Story (USA) 33-1 (11-5) Waited with, progress from before 5 out, 4th approaching straight, no impression under pressure from 2 out, left 2nd and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 12, 13l behind Skibabe (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl in Oct.
Sole Witness (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Pressed leader, led 4th, headed next, 3rd and reminder when fell 12th, in a race won by Railway Dillon (11-2) at Perth 3m nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Apr, 4 ran.
Special Bar (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden in 2nd entering straight, led 2 out, stayed on well from last, won at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Oct beating Italian Chorus (10-10) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
City of Doral 25-1 (10-6) In rear, headway from 4 out, ridden in 4th after next, kept on one paced, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Away We Go (11-8) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Oct.
Brian Who (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden in 5th entering straight, soon no impression, 7th of 15, 24l behind Slim To None (10-8) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Jul.
Rudigreen (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden in 6th 2 out, no extra, 5th of 11, 8l behind Dactik (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Oct.
Parthian Empire 16-1 (11-11) Mid-division on inner, 8th halfway, no impression early straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 17l behind Cool Oscar (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct.
Robbie McMahon (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace, 9th of 13, 21l behind Sheer Genius (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Mar.
Tulachsarain (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 3rd 2 out, challenged last, stayed on to lead and dispute run-in, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Super Daisy (10-12) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens09 gd in Oct '10.
Drawn N Drank (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no chance with easy winner from early straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 18l behind Rule The World (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Great Oak (IRE) 15-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along in 3rd after 4 out, went 2nd before last and no impression early run-in, challenged from 1f out and kept on under pressure, not match winner closing stages, 2nd of 7, nk behind Glibin (10-13) at Galway 2m 1f nov chs sft in Aug.
I'lltelimar King (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Ld & clr, dist clr by 6th, nev in dngr from 5out, easily, won at Belclare 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Prison Bay (11-4) by 25l, 14 ran.
Farley's Risk (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 11th of 19, 28l behind St Maxime (11-1) at Galway 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Street Runner 5-2fav (10-7) Mid-division on outside, headway 4th, challenged after 8th, every chance 2 out, no extra flat, 3rd of 17, 10l behind Beside The Fire (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Dead End (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Led and disputed, ridden and no extra 4 out, soon weakened, 17th of 19, well behind Dunroe Boy (10-4) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 in May.
Clash Rebel (IRE) 7-2fav (11-5) in a race won by Vic Chic (11-0) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Oct, 11 ran.
Harangue (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no extra from 3 out, weakened, 16th of 18, 37l behind Cool Oscar (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct.
The Crazy Trainer (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Always rear, tailed off, 16th of 18, well behind Pique Sous (11-12) at Thurles 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) in Oct.
Mia's Anthem (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Rcd 4th/5th, mstk 4out, ko, 4th of 5, 27l behind Dunluce Castle (10-11) at Toomebridge 3m ire ptp sft in Sep.
Alderimli (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Always behind, 12th of 16, well behind Ontheground (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Billytheblacksmith (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Towards rear for most, never a factor, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Kilmurry Kid (10-12) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 sft in Oct, 16 ran.
Black Zorro (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Prominent when fell 1st, in a race won by Cool Oscar (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct, 18 ran.