Force Of Habit hasn't been in the best of form but has now dropped to a mark he looks capable of winning from so he's on the short-list while General Bunching is back on the mark he won from over the C&D in January. The latter didn't get the best of runs when behind Prince Of Fashion last month and can get closer but though the winner should confirm the form he's well held by Shake The Bucket on his previous run. Boots Madden's charge is going very well at present and looks certain to get involved but Gordon Elliott is double-handed and should come away with the spoils. Silverlord won here last month before a poor effort at Wolverhampton but it's the top weight DISCOTECA, twice a winner on the Flat at Windsor and four times successful over hurdles earlier this year, who looks the one to be on under leading jumps rider Davy Russell.
Discoteca 9-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, joined and strongly pressed throughout final furlong, just held on, all out, won at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct '11 beating Vimiero (9-2) by shd, 12 ran.
Discovery Bay 9-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, travelling well early straight and ridden in 8th over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 3l behind Aladdins Cave (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Nov.
Rockazar 8-1 (9-8) In rear to halfway, 7th on inner entering straight, 6th under pressure 1f out, no extra and eased final 100 yards, 6th of 9, 6l behind Grand Opera (9-10) at Dundalk 1m Ext hcp pol in Nov '09.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up, progress halfway, 6th approaching straight, ridden and no impression from over 2f out, 9th of 27, 28l behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-1) at Curragh 2m hcp hvy in Oct.
Musawama (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Mid-division, weakened on inner 3f out, last of 11, 20l behind Strandfield Lady (8-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Jun.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 13-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders, 3rd before straight, ridden to challenge and on terms 1f out, stayed on best final furlong to lead near finish, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov beating Raydari (9-8) by hd, 14 ran.
Prince Of Fashion (IRE) 3-1fav (9-11) Soon chased leaders in 7th, ridden in pursuit of leader 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead near line, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov beating Mojito Royale (9-13) by nk, 14 ran.
Tilabay (IRE) 3-1fav (8-6) 7th of 16, 4l behind Erdiyna (8-8) at Naas 1m 4f hcp gd in Oct '09.
Roe Deer (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, well off pace, ridden over 5f out, closer order in 4th under 4f out, no extra from over 2f out, 9th of 10, 24l behind Steps To Freedom (10-3) at Dundalk 2m hcp pol in Jul.
Force Of Habit 8-1 (9-8) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no extra 4f out, weakened, last of 16, 23l behind Blue Cannon (7-13) at Down Royal 2m 2f hcp in Sep.
Jacksonslady (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Held up behind leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 4l behind King of The Picts (8-8) at Wexford 1m 4f hcp sft in Aug.
Silverlord (FR) 5-2fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 9l behind Boa (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Sinntani (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, challenged and on terms from 2f out, headed and no extra from over 1f out, 6th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Shake The Bucket (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov.
General Bunching (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, 8th approaching straight, ridden to chase leaders 2f out, soon no impression, 9th of 14, 6l behind Prince Of Fashion (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov.
Star Power (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 9th of 18, 17l behind King Of Aran (11-3) at Curragh 1m 4f Amateur Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) in Sep.