Rookery Rebel is 13lb lower than his chase mark but doesn't win very often as a strike-rate of 1-39 under Rules suggests. Khan Tengri isn't badly treated but has run poorly recently so this looks between the in-form pair Great Oak and SPEED DIAL. The former was a very lucky winner over fences at Cork last time as she was struggling in third when left clear at the last. She's on a lenient mark over hurdles and must be a threat but it's Speed Dial who gets the vote to complete a hat-trick as Tim Carroll produced his mount, who needs to be held up, with a perfectly timed run at Fairyhouse and a 6lb rise looks manageable.
Speed Dial 4-1fav (10-7) Mid-division, 7th 3 out, progress into 3rd and ridden next, disputing 2nd at last, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft beating Luke's Benefit (11-5) by 1l, 10 ran.
Great Oak (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Held up early, headway into 4th at 5th, 2nd after 5 out, ridden entering straight, no extra in 3rd 3 out, kept on one pace, left in lead last, won at Cork 2m 1f mares nov chs Grade 3 (1) sft beating Our Girl Lucy (10-11) by 6l, 8 ran.
Vapiano (IRE) 11-2fav (10-13) Mid-division on inner, 7th entering straight, 6th 2 out, no impression, 12th of 19, 32l behind Misca Musca (10-11) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Khan Tengri (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no threat from 3 out, 12th of 15, 33l behind Celestial Prospect (11-1) at Wexford 2m 2f cond hcp hdl (80-109) gd in Oct.
Quintara (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Never a factor, 18th of 19, well behind Colls Corner (11-7) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Feb.
Al Dafa (USA) 25-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, no extra from 3 out, 10th of 14, well behind Doc Hollywood (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov.
Miranour 7-2 (12-0) Alw pr, ld & on terms 2out, no ex last, ko, 4th of 18, 19l behind Hi Vic (12-0) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov.
Rookery Rebel (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Led, driven along approaching 3 out, strongly pressed next and headed soon after last, no impression in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Urban Gale (11-3) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp chs 0-102 sft in Nov.
Lord Multifix (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Mid div, not qckn 4out, sn wknd to rr, ko bhnd, last of 6, 20l behind Indigo Blue (12-0) at Toomebridge 3m ire ptp sft in Sep.
Court Jester (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Towards rear, fell 5th, in a race won by Flemross (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd in May, 19 ran.