FINAL GIFT looked a smart prospect for John Costello when storming home in a Tramore hunter chase last month and will take some beating here. Russian Regent doesn't always get round but is very useful in this sphere when he does and would be a threat with a clear round. Mr Dickens, who had run well over hurdles here, could prove himself useful at this level with recent victories between the flags behind him while Shin A Vee started favourite for a race over the banks course at the Punchestown Festival despite a long absence and ran much better than his finishing position suggests.
Final Gift (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) (poor visibility in back straight) tracked leaders in 4th, headway to lead after 3 out, asserted approaching last and kept on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m 6f hts chs in Apr beating Lord Heathfield (11-0) by 10l, 15 ran.
Kanesh (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Alw pr, ld 2out, row, mstk last, won at Castletown-Geoghegan 3m ire ptp in Apr beating Royal Chukka (12-0) by 4l, 13 ran.
Russian Regent (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd when fell 5 out, in a race won by Tammys Hill (11-9) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hts chs in Apr, 5 ran.
Carmels Boy (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Rcd 3rd, cl 3rd 3out, not qckn 2out, ko bhnd ldrs, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Onceuponathyme (10-13) at Tyrella 3m ire ptp gd in Mar.
Carnglave Cat (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Pr & ld, hdd 2out, sn wknd, 3rd of 5, 16l behind Medieval Chapel (11-4) at Kirkistown 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Mr Dickens (IRE) Evens (12-0) Alw pr, ld 5out, sn went on, kow, won at Castletown-Geoghegan 3m ire ptp in Apr beating Bang On Time (11-4) by 3l, 6 ran.
Nautical Storm (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mid div, prog to ldrs 3out, cl 2nd 2out, went on last on inner, ko best, won at Largy 3m ire ptp sft in Apr beating Tareesh Lane (12-0) by 3l, 17 ran.
Shin A Vee (IRE) 7-2fav (11-11) Rear of mid-division, 8th after 4 out and went 5th entering straight, not fluent 2 out and no impression approaching last, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 9l behind Johnies Star (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f hnt chs hvy in Apr.
So Swank (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Always in rear and trailing throughout, never involved, went poor 4th run-in, 4th of 6, 49l behind Send For Paddy (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs gd in Apr.