Diyala won a novice hurdle at Wexford in November and should be a factor in this with her mares' allowance, though she finished tailed off over the smaller obstacles on the first day of the Punchestown Festival. JANSBOY wasn't beaten far behind Operating at Cork on his first try over fences and the winner went on to land a valuable novices' handicap at Punchestown. A repeat of that effort may well suffice here for Michael Winters' seven-year-old. Bose Ikard was disappointing over hurdles after winning at Downpatrick in September but may do better over fences and Howwoulduno was second over course and distance in November.
Alhellal (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Always behind, driven along after 5 out and lost touch entering straight, completely tailed off, last of 7, well behind My Murphy (11-7) at Navan 2m 7f nov hdl sft in Mar '12.
Authinger (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, pecked 2nd, no impression when mistake 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by My Murphy (11-10) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar, 16 ran.
Bose Ikard (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, mistake 2 out, weakened, 13th of 15, well behind Sullane Chief (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Dec.
Butney Rock 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden in 5th 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 42l behind Miley Shah (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chase sft in Mar.
Haughtons Bridge (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Always behind, tailed off from 5 out, pulled up, in a race won by Silsol (11-8) at Ayr 2m 4f con hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Howwoulduno (IRE) 13-2 (11-13) Held up towards rear, headway after 5th, ridden and one pace in 3rd approaching last, no extra towards finish, 4th of 14, 12l behind Frankie's Promise (11-6) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Icy Cool (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up, ridden in rear 5 out, weakened and completely tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Never Complain (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase in Mar.
Jansboy 8-1 (11-5) Always prominent, closer order from before 6 out, 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace from before last, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Operating (11-7) at Cork 2m 4f amat beg chs in Apr.
Diyala (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear, badly hampered 4th, ridden and weakened 4 out, tailed off, 21st of 25, well behind Master Oscar (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f in Apr.