Man With Van, a winning point-to-pointer, looked a useful prospect when beating a big field of maidens at Down Royal though he'll find these rivals stronger. The Pounds had nine runs in bumpers without winning but showed that jumping is his game with a convincing maiden success on heavy going at Thurles. He looks certain to be in the shake-up but, with a 4lb allowance, OWENNACURRA MILAN looks the one to beat after a fine effort in a handicap on this track last time where he looked certain to be suited by this shorter trip. Everything Zain had strong form in 2012 but was beaten a long way on his belated return on St Stephen's Day so a bigger threat looks to be Roll It Out, who could hardly have made a better impression when beating subsequent winner Mister Nibbles on his racecourse debut at Down Royal.
Man With Van (IRE) 6-4fav (11-1) Mid-division, progress into 4th 4 out, led after 3 out, ridden clear and wandered around before last, kept on well run-in and drifted left, won at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec beating Der Kaiser (10-13) by 6l, 18 ran.
The Pounds (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, progress 3 out and led approaching straight, ridden to assert between final 2, stayed on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan beating Kerrieonvic (11-4) by 7l, 18 ran.
Roll It Out (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Mid-division, mistake 4th, closer in 6th 4 out, 3rd 3 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, soon led, kept on well, won at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec beating Mister Nibbles (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 20 ran.
Casa Jove (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Made all, still just in front 2 out, soon strongly pressed, stayed on well run-in, all out, won at Tramore 2m nh nov hdl sft in Dec '11 beating Turban (11-9) by hd, 6 ran.
Joseph Lister 9-4fav (11-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders, mistake 7th, lost place next, outpaced 3 out, rallied and hung left from 2 out, went modest 4th last, 4th of 10, 24l behind Cue To Cue (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov '12.
Maringo Bay (IRE) 5-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, 2 lengths 3rd and going ok when fell 2 out, in a race won by Pateese (10-12) at Ffos Las 3m nov chs (4) sft in Apr, 6 ran.
Owennacurra Milan (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Held up early, soon mid-division, 6th halfway, progress into 4th 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to challenge last, disputed run-in, no extra close home, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Annie Oakley (10-4) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl in Jan.
Seriatim (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, pushed along and reminders from 2nd, mistake 8th, closed to track leaders before straight, challenged and slight mistake 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 4th of 15, 12l behind Oscars Business (10-7) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 in Dec.
Sweeney Tunes 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden towards rear 4 out, weakened and pulled up before last, in a race won by He'llberemembered (10-4) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Jan, 21 ran.
Everything Zain (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Not fluent 1st and pushed along, under pressure in last approaching 6 out, no extra 4 out, completely tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Smashing (11-7) at Limerick 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Dec.