Back Off Mate has never won over hurdles and looks high enough in the weights while Mighty Whitey has a long absence to overcome and his last two runs over timber were in sellers. SHERSHEWILL ran three times here early last summer, winning a maiden and twice finishing runner-up, so she's handed the vote despite a lay-off. Gold Not Silver was in fine form before a poor latest run when he pulled too hard while Imperial Joey was put up 11lb after a very easy victory here in September and has been well beaten in both subsequent starts. Shanroe Society gained his only victory in 22 starts over timber last January and is still 8lb higher.
Back Off Mate (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden in 6th 2 out, no impression before straight, 5th of 10, 8l behind Art Of Payroll (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft.
Mighty Whitey (IRE) 5-2 (10-7) Made all, jumped right, hit 4th, ridden after 2 out, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (5) gf in Jul beating Descaro (11-3) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Shershewill (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden 3 out, weakened, 10th of 13, 18l behind Director's Forum (11-7) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Wandering Aengus 25-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, ridden and no extra after 5 out, weakened, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Rightville Boy (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Jan, 16 ran.
Sean Airgead (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Not fluent, in rear, tailed off when unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Kruzhlinin (11-12) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs (2) gs in Dec, 8 ran.
Gold Not Silver (IRE) 7-2fav (10-13) Chased leaders, slight mistake 6th, 5th halfway, ridden and slight mistake 3 out, no impression in 8th next, kept on one pace, 7th of 17, 18l behind Concordin (10-8) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116.
Cybersnow (USA) 33-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, slightly hampered 4th, trailing before 4 out, completely tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Seamus Mor (10-7) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Feb.
Imperial Joey (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) 8th of 9, well behind More Madness (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f beg chs sft in Oct.
Shanroe Society (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) In rear, steady progress from before halfway, 7th 3 out, ridden and no extra in 6th approaching last, 6th of 14, 22l behind Court Jester (10-8) at Navan 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) hvy in Feb.
Maple Valley Gold (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 20, 18l behind Green Energy (11-0) at Down Royal 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95.
False Prophet (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Mid-division and ran freely, improved to lead after 4th, ridden and headed entering straight, soon no extra, 13th of 20, 36l behind Green Energy (11-0) at Down Royal 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95.
Annakrista (GER) 4-1fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, a bit slow 5 out and niggled along, not fluent next and weakened quickly, tailed off, showing signs of being in-season post race, 13th of 15, well behind Ancient Sands (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Aug.
Imperial Breeze (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 4th 3 out but ridden and no impression in 5th approaching next, no extra, 5th of 10, 24l behind Shattered Dream (11-3) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase hvy in Mar '13.
Beau Ballistic (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, progress into 5th halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, kept on one pace, 9th of 20, 24l behind Green Energy (11-0) at Down Royal 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95.
Theoystercatcher (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Mistake 1st, always behind, tailed off and eased when went left 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Residence And Spa (10-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
My Old Lady (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden in 8th 4 out, no impression from next, 8th of 12, 49l behind Seamus Mor (10-7) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Feb.