The mare Leish Oscar has yet to win under Rules but it won't be long judging by her two narrow defeats over fences, the latest by Speckled Wood at Wexford. Rye Martini showed the benefit of his opening effort over fences by running Foxrock close at Fairyhouse and is likely to progress again. He has the beating of Mullaghanoe River on that form though the latter improved when runner-up to Sizing Gold at Navan. The useful hurdler MOUNT COLAH didn't jump with any fluency behind Mozoltov at Fairyhouse but was still able to run well and is taken to land a tricky opener. Seskinane makes his debut over regulation fences and the winning point-to-pointer is definitely one to note.
Drawn N Drank (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, 3rd approaching 3 out and no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Gold Bullet (11-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs in Nov.
Fahamore 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, no extra from 4 out, 10th of 13, 45l behind Rebel Fitz (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f beg chs sft in May.
Forjoethepainter (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden and no impression before 3 out where bad mistake and unseated rider, in a race won by Bright New Dawn (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs, 12 ran.
Hit The Headlines (IRE) 9-2fav (11-3) Held up in mid-division, headway from 13th, hampered 4 out, went 2nd last, led flat, idled, headed post, 2nd of 16, ns behind King Massini (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gd.
Monelissio (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th and mistake 4 out, soon ridden and no extra, 9th of 12, 35l behind Bright New Dawn (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs.
Mount Colah (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Led, not fluent 1st, slightly left 3 out, headed before straight, no extra in 3rd at last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Mozoltov (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m beg chs.
Mullaghanoe River (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, slight mistake 7th, closer in 4th 3 out, ridden in 2nd and challenged briefly between last 2, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Sizing Gold (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f beg chs.
Rye Martini (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd and mistake 3 out, soon ridden, close 3rd 2 out, improved to dispute lead briefly at last, no extra in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 17, 1 3/4l behind Foxrock (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs in Nov.
Seskinane (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Chased leaders in 3rd, 2nd from 4th, ridden after 3 out, no impression winner from 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Arnaud (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hdl gd.
Wingtips (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Mid-division, slight mistake 7th, closer order when slow jump 4 out, 6th 3 out, not fluent next, no extra, 6th of 9, 37l behind Sizing Gold (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f beg chs.
Leish Oscar (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, headway from 4 out, went 3rd 3 out, ridden from next, went 2nd entering straight, disputed lead briefly at last, kept on in 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Speckled Wood (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs sft in Nov.