Mallowney has progressed from handicaps and landed a Listed contest in impressive style at Naas last time. Sizing Rio had looked potentially top-notch before disappointing behind Jezki in the Future Champions at Leopardstown but this could provide Willie Mullins with a 1-2 and it's TENNIS CAP who is given the vote over Pique Sous. The former has come through the ranks and after completing a double in handicaps ran a superb race when just failing to concede 7lb to Ted Veale in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham. Pique Sous was a long way behind stablemate Champagne Fever in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle but looks a very smart performer in the making and will ensure the selection has to work hard.
Mallowney (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, improved into close 3rd 2 out, ridden to lead before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Naas 2m lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) sft in Mar beating Shrapnel (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Sizing Rio (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Led 1st, ridden and headed early straight, soon weakened, 7th of 9, well behind Jezki (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Dec.
Tennis Cap (FR) 11-1 (10-13) Led, driven and hard pressed between last 2, headed soon after last, ridden and kept on flat, 2nd of 28, 1 1/2l behind Ted Veale (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Cops And Robbers 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 3 out, ridden and no extra before 2 out, 6th of 7, 29l behind Sizing Rio (10-12) at Navan 2m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) in Nov.
Mumbo Jumbo (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up in 5th, rear when ridden and mistake 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Mozoltov (11-2) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Pique Sous (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Keen early, held up towards rear of mid-division, outpaced when not fluent 3 out, plugged on from next, never near leaders, 6th of 12, 24l behind Champagne Fever (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Mar.