Kanesh has plenty of experience in these kind of events and though absent since last summer that shouldn't be a concern and it will be a surprise if he's not in the shake-up. Not Before Eight gained his only success under Rules over this course and distance in December 2011 when he beat the useful Tammys Hill. He ran in all the best races subsequently and though his last couple of runs have been disappointing he has to be on the shortlist. IBETELLINGYOUALIE is a young hunter going places judging by a facile victory at Clonmel. That wasn't much of a race but he did it nicely and looks the one to beat. Onefortheroadmac wasn't far behind Kanesh in a point-to-point last May and looks best of the remainder.
Ibetellingyoualie (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, left disputing lead next, pushed along entering straight, ridden to lead before 2 out, stayed on well from last, comfortably, won at Clonmel 2m 4f hts chs hvy in Feb beating Mister Philson (11-7) by 9l, 14 ran.
Kanesh (IRE) 4-1fav (12-0) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, ridden to go 4th 2 out, 3rd before last and kept on well under pressure into 2nd run-in, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Mount Sion (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs gd in Jun.
Not Before Eight (IRE) 11-4 (12-0) Tr ldrs in cl 5th, on terms 4out, rdn 3out & sn outpcd, no ex bef last, 5th of 9, 35l behind Hoopy (11-4) at Farmaclaffley 3m ire ptp in Feb.
Debt To Society (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Soon towards rear, no impression from 4 out, 10th of 11, well behind Warne (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hts chs sft in Feb.
General Maccreevy (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Mid div, 4th 3out, wknd aft 2out, ko onepcd, 4th of 9, 15l behind Not Before Eight (11-4) at Tyrella 3m ire ptp gs in Feb.
Harps Counsel (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Pr, 2nd 3out, wknd 2out, ko onepcd, 5th of 9, 16l behind Not Before Eight (11-4) at Tyrella 3m ire ptp gs in Feb.
Lord Friday (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Pr & ld, hdd 3out, chall 2out, ko best, won at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gd in Oct beating Croghill Tuppence (11-4) by 3l, 12 ran.
Onefortheroad Mac (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Led and soon well clear, tired and reduced lead from before 2 out, soon headed and no extra, 4th of 11, 31l behind Tammys Hill (11-7) at Wexford 2m 6f hnt chs in Dec.
Taghnabrick (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Alw cl to pace, disp 3out, hdd 2out,, won at Punchestown 3m ire ptp hvy in Feb beating Lottodo (12-0) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Brickfield Sandy (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Chsd ldrs, 5th when mstk & ur 3rd, in a race won by Derg Princess (12-0) at Knockanard 3m ire ptp sft in Feb, 11 ran.