Hold Em Cowboy has been in excellent form but is 10lb higher for scoring over the course and distance a fortnight ago when Witness Of Fashion wasn't too far behind and has a big weight advantage. The winner had previously finished three lengths behind the very progressive REFUSED A NAME at Punchestown and appears unlikely to reverse the form so Shark Hanlon's charge gets the nod. Rory's Brother found 2m too short at Naas after a battling success at Limerick and this is more like it while Sherika can revert to fences on a much lower mark after scoring over timber at Thurles.
Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 9-4fav (10-4) Mid-division, headway into 5th 4 out, closer in 3rd when slight mistake 2 out, led travelling well before last, pushed out and kept on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Jan beating In Great Form (11-8) by 5l, 15 ran.
Refused A Name 7-2 (10-6) Mid-division early, progress into 4th halfway, 3rd and mistake 5 out, slight mistake 3 out, improved to challenge next, ridden to lead before last, kept on well, won at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) in Jan beating Embracing Change (10-11) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Rory's Brother (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 1st, 4th 4 out, ridden from next, no impression from 2 out, 5th of 13, 26l behind Getoutwhenyoucan (10-10) at Naas 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) sft in Jan.
Shellys Creek (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, brought down 6th, in a race won by Too Late To Sell (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 1f in Jan, 19 ran.
Crowded Room (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Held up, towards rear early, 9th approaching 2 out, soon 10th, no danger when jumped left and not fluent last, 8th of 12, 24l behind Wrong Turn (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Castle Anshan (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Disputed lead early, chased leaders, dropped towards rear and no extra 3 out, pulled up before 2 out,, in a race won by Mitebeall Forluck (11-5) at Clonmel 2m hcp chs 0-116 gd in Dec, 9 ran.
Killeenmore (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 6th 5 out, ridden in 5th entering straight and no extra approaching last,, 5th of 14, 16l behind Thelobstercatcher (11-2) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 in Jan.
Forjoethepainter (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Towards rear, not fluent, mistake 6th, ridden and no impression 4 out, weakened and tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Leish Oscar (11-2) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs sft in Dec.
Major Mongo (IRE) 22-1 (10-12) Rear of mid-division, 9th halfway, closed 11th and led next, headed approaching 4 out, soon no impression on winner and moderate 2nd early straight, no extra and weakened, 7th of 18, 46l behind Carrigeen Kariega (10-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Jan.
Sherika (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Mid-division, ridden into 5th before straight, kept on to 2nd last, stayed on to lead run-in, won at Thurles 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jan beating Lughnasa (11-8) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Lascalahall (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, 11th approaching straight, no extra from 3 out, 17th of 24, well behind Gallant Oscar (10-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Jan.
Cross To Boston (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Led from 2nd, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed before last, 3rd when slight mistake last, no extra run-in, 4th of 15, 13l behind Hold Em Cowboy (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Jan.
Witness Of Fashion (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 15, 7l behind Hold Em Cowboy (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Jan.
Finisterre 100-1 (11-5) Soon behind in rear, never a factor, left remote 4th from last, 4th of 5, well behind Irish Thistle (11-5) at Navan 2m 4f nov chs sft in Jan.
Offside Rule (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 8th halfway and closer after 10th, 9th approaching 4 out and soon no extra, 8th of 18, well behind Carrigeen Kariega (10-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Jan.
Garamor Boy (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Led, headed before 6th, 3rd halfway, ridden and lost place 5 out, moderate 10th before 4 out, kept on one pace straight, 7th of 16, 35l behind Refused A Name (10-10) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 sft in Dec.
Bills Official (IRE) 66-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 4 out, 8th of 11, well behind Mullaghanoe River (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chase in Jan.
Fla's Long Shot (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Prominent, tended to jump right, 3rd before straight, no extra from after 2 out, 8th of 12, 22l behind Reality Dose (10-6) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-109 sft in Jan.