Bob Lingo won the Galway Plate in August then followed up over hurdles. He's been mixing it in top company subsequently and this is more his grade nowadays. He comes out clear top on official ratings but hasn't been running as well as CHICAGO GREY, who was expected to run at Cheltenham but has been saved for the Grand National for which he has been well supported. He has to concede weight all round due to his excellent victory over Foildubh at Navan but should be up to it. Ninetieth Minute hasn't done as well over fences as expected and Tarquinius, though tough, has it all to do against the principals.
Chicago Grey (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Settled behind leaders, closed up into 2nd going well 3 out, in front approaching last, stayed on well run-in, won at Navan 2m 4f chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Foildubh (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Allee Garde (FR) 25-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, well off the pace, no extra from 3 out, last of 11, well behind Away We Go (10-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Bob Lingo (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Waited with in rear, not fluent 4th, no impression and kept on same pace without threatening from after 2 out, 5th of 6, 23l behind Roi Du Mee (11-8) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Feb.
Leggy Lad (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 3 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 19, 18l behind Rockyaboya (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Made In Taipan (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, 12th halfway, no threat from 4 out, 11th of 14, 42l behind Fosters Cross (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hdl sft.
Ninetieth Minute (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Led early, headed and mistake 7th, dropped to rear and ridden from 5 out, poor 6th after 3 out, remote 4th 2 out, went moderate 3rd from last, 4th of 6, 26l behind Call The Police (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f chs hvy in Feb.
Tarquinius (FR) 6-1fav (10-9) Mid-division, mistake 1st, weakened from 4 out, 14th of 17, well behind Rich Revival (10-9) at Naas 3m hcp chs sft.
Treacle (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 7 out, soon towards rear and no impression, 7th of 8, 38l behind Mount Benbulben (11-0) at Thurles 2m 2f chs 0-145 sft in Feb.