Rupert Lamb won a bumper and a novice hurdle in minor company in the UK but looked in need of further experience when beaten a long way on his chasing debut. Western Leader, a dual winning bumper and successful at Grade 2 level over hurdles, is a smart recruit to chasing and is definitely one to keep an eye on but GOLANBROOK looks the one to be on. He was a decent enough hurdler but looks better over fences if his two recent runs are a guide and it was a very good effort to finish close behind Canaly in what looked a strong event here last month. Knockgraffon King has been well beaten so far over fences but has the potential to do better and shouldn't be dismissed.
Golanbrook (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Led, strongly pressed after 3 out, joined and ridden next, soon headed, dropped to 3rd when mistake at last, dropped to 4th and no extra close home, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Canaly (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f beg chs sft in Dec.
Knockgraffon King (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Prominent, dropped to moderate 3rd from before 4 out (normal 5 out), no extra under pressure approaching straight, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, well behind Boston Bob (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Lord Rudi (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th 5 out, no impression from next, 11th of 15, well behind Rich Revival (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft in Dec.
Rupert Lamb 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders and took keen hold, led after 4th, joined 4 out (usual 6 out), headed after 3 out (usual 4 out), no impression straight, 4th of 7, well behind Sword Of Destiny (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Western Leader (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Led, headed 3rd, led again from 7th, headed 4 out, weakened, 13th of 19, well behind Roi Du Mee (9-13) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy in Dec.
Witness Of Fashion (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) In rear, moderate 8th 3 out, no impression, 8th of 15, 43l behind Rich Revival (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft in Dec.