Not one favourite has won this in the past 13 years and there have been some huge shocks. It's impossible to tell what will be market leader this time but Magnanimity will attract some support despite pulling up in this a year ago as he looked back to form at Clonmel last time. Muirhead has a chance at the weights as he generally competes at a high level but it's ROMANESCO who gets the nod as his run behind the well-handicapped Colbert Station in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown points to his chances. Competitive Edge is in cracking form and AP McCoy was on board when he scored at Leopardstown in January while the likes of Rich Revival, Marasonnien and Sweeney Tunes should be considered in one of the most competitive races of the season.
Junior 33-1 (11-12) Led, reminder after 6th, headed next, soon lost place and behind, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar, 24 ran.
You Must Know Me (IRE) 5-2 (11-2) Attempted to make all, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed after 2 out, no impression on winner from last, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Dedigout (11-2) at Naas 2m 4f nov chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Mar.
Magnanimity (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden along in 5th from 7th, went 2nd under pressure 3 out, led entering straight, headed after 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Call The Police (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f chs hvy in Feb.
Sweeney Tunes 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 3rd from 5 out, close 3rd when left close 2nd 3 out, ridden to lead entering straight, stayed on well under pressure on stands' side from 2 out, won at Naas 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) in Feb beating Charlie's Vic (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Competitive Edge (IRE) 13-2 (10-10) Chased leaders, well off the pace, jumped a bit left 4th and raced wide at stages, closer order from before 4 out, led from 2 out, clear approaching last where mistake, stayed on well run-in, easily, won at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs hvy in Mar beating Orpheus Valley (10-12) by 7l, 14 ran.
Cootamundra (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Settled towards rear, 4th 3 out and went 3rd before last, kept on same pace run-in but no impression on winner, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Savello (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs gs in Mar.
He'llberemembered (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, well off the pace, closer in 6th before 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 6th of 14, 16l behind Competitive Edge (10-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs hvy in Mar.
Home Farm (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, improved 5 out, closed to lead last, soon drifted right to rail and quickened away smartly to assert, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase sft in Feb beating White Star Line (11-12) by 5l, 13 ran.
Jacksonslady (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 6th and progress 3 out, 3rd after 2 out, challenged straight, led last, stayed on well, won at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Dec beating Rubert (10-0) by 3l, 16 ran.
Muirhead (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Soon tracked leaders, 6th 3 out, 4th and no impression next, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 15l behind Mount Benbulben (11-0) at Thurles 2m 2f chs 0-145 sft in Feb.
Whodoyouthink (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, dropped to rear and ridden 4 out, no impression from next, 5th of 7, 26l behind Dedigout (11-2) at Naas 2m 4f nov chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Mar.
Rich Revival (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on inner, improved to lead 2 out, soon ridden, strongly pressed from last, kept on well under pressure close home, won at Naas 3m hcp chs sft in Mar beating Murchu (9-7) by 3/4l, 17 ran.
Marasonnien (FR) 6-4fav (11-12) Soon close up, on terms 5 out, headed and kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Home Farm (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase sft in Feb.
Away We Go (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Soon prominent in chasing group, closed 2 out and led between last 2, stayed on well run-in and always just going to hold on close home, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb beating Dazzling Susie (10-6) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Romanesco (FR) 8-1 (11-1) Hampered 1st, held up behind, headway 14th, tracked leaders 2 out (usual 3 out), went 3rd after last (usual 2 out), every chance until no extra final 75 yards, 3rd of 24, 3 1/2l behind Same Difference (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-145) (5yo+) (2) gs in Mar.
Cross Appeal (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 2 out, no extra before last, 11th of 28, 29l behind Colbert Station (10-11) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec.
Jadanli (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, weakened 2 out, 9th of 24, 28l behind Golden Chieftain (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar.
Questions Answered (IRE) 9-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra, 7th of 18, 15l behind Farrells Fancy (9-6) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Blazing Beacon (IRE) 3-1fav (10-3) Made all, ridden and joined last, disputed briefly run-in, edged ahead close home, won at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs (10yo+) hvy in Mar beating Beneficial Spirit (9-10) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Panther Claw (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Always prominent on outer, disputed lead from 5 out, led after 3 out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, joined from 2 out, stayed on well run-in to edge ahead close home, won at Navan 3m nov chs hvy in Mar beating Saoirse Dun (10-9) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Start Me Up (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Prominent, no impression under pressure straight, 9th of 11, 27l behind Fahamore (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl hvy in Jan.
Carlingford Lough (IRE) 5-1fav (9-10) Rear of mid-division, headway on outer from 3 out, 6th next, soon ridden, 5th when left 4th at last, kept on same pace, 4th of 18, 4l behind Farrells Fancy (9-6) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Towards rear, behind 4 out, no impression straight, 10th of 12, well behind Mount Colah (11-0) at Navan 2m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Liberty Counsel (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Mid-division, under pressure when mistake 12th, soon behind, 13th of 24, 39l behind Same Difference (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-145) (5yo+) (2) gs in Mar.
Rapidolyte De Ladalka (FR) 7-4 (11-0) Led, headed approaching 4th, outpaced 5 out, rallied 3 out, soon challenging, led after last, stayed on strongly, won at Catterick 3m 1f nov chs 0-125 (4) gs in Feb beating Makethe Mostofnow (11-0) by 1l, 5 ran.
Carloswayback (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, 4th 4 out and 3rd 2 out, ridden entering straight and soon no extra, 9th of 20, 31l behind He'llberemembered (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs gs in Mar.
Goonyella (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Always prominent, tracked leader in 2nd, led briefly 2 out, headed and dropped to 3rd entering straight, no impression on first 2 run-in and kept on one pace, 3rd of 17, 7l behind Salsify (11-11) at Leopardstown 3m hts chs in Feb.
Our Victoria (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Prominent, 4th 3 out, soon ridden, weakened from 2 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Murchu (9-11) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Paddy Pub (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Prominent, led before 6 out, headed 5 out, ridden in 4th 4 out, soon no impression, 8th of 17, 37l behind Rich Revival (10-9) at Naas 3m hcp chs sft in Mar.
Quietly Fancied (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Led and disputed, led 4 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon no impression, 9th of 19, 15l behind Dressedtothenines (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Mar.