Mackeys Forge has now run 11 times over fences without success though he's generally gone well against decent opposition. He should be in the shake-up along with He'llberemembered, who wasn't disgraced behind the useful Maritio at Thurles and should be suited by the longer trip. Noel Meade has a good record in the race and JOHANNISBERGER is taken to carry on the good work. He was a little disappointing behind Benefficient here last time when his jumping left plenty to be desired but with a better round he's expected to come out on top here. Madam Bovary progressed nicely over timber and though well beaten on her chasing bow will have learnt from the experience and can do better.
Dont Back Down (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Pecked 1st, prominent, fell 7th, in a race won by Boston Bob (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f beg chs hvy, 8 ran.
He'llberemembered (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd 4 out, pushed along early straight and went 2nd under pressure at last, no chance with easy winner on run-in, 2nd of 16, 11l behind Marito (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Hidden Future (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) In rear, no impression from 5 out, 6th of 7, 48l behind Oscars Well (11-8) at Navan 2m 1f nov chs hvy.
Johannisberger (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Chased leaders, slight mistakes 6th & 8th, 4th halfway, ridden before 2 out, 3rd and no impression when mistake last, kept on same pace run-in, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 11, 9l behind Benefficient (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gd in Nov.
Kerrib Castle (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Soon disputed lead, not fluent and reminder 7th, weakened from 4 out, 9th of 10, well behind Vic Chic (11-10) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Nov.
Mackeys Forge (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Led and disputed, ridden and headed after 2 out, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Mount Benbulben (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft.
Rathlugh Boy (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Pr til not qckn on outer 3out, wknd to rr & pu last, in a race won by Living Next Door (12-0) at The Pigeons 3m ire ptp sft in Mar, 11 ran.
Stradbally (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Mid div, rcd 8th 1/2way, rddn after 4out, no ex & eased, 9th of 12, 36l behind Twin Joy (12-0) at Ballydarragh 3m ire ptp gs.
Madam Bovary (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, slight mistake 6 out, left 3rd 4 out, no extra from next, 3rd of 6, 37l behind Mikael D'Haguenet (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs hvy.