BOG WARRIOR reverts to hurdles for the first time since early last year and the classy Grade 1 winning chaser enters the fray on a 31lb lower mark than over fences so is impossible to oppose. Irish Soul was in brilliant form at this time a year ago and will be better for his recent run at Clonmel while Slew Charm has been in excellent form and it's a travesty that he's won just once in 26 starts over timber, and that was back in 2006. Noel Meade's pair Benevolent and Cloudgazer will no doubt win again this campaign though face stiff tasks but the four-year-old Ozeta is much better than she's shown on her last two starts and is one to note in the betting.
Bog Warrior (IRE) 11-10fav (11-12) Led, bad mistake 9th, headed 2 out, beaten when fell last, in a race won by Cristal Bonus (11-10) at Down Royal 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) gs in Nov, 6 ran.
Slew Charm (FR) 33-1 (11-9) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, hampered 3 out, chased leaders approaching 2 out, challenged last, disputing lead and every chance run-in, weakened in closing stages, 3rd of 21, 4 1/2l behind Buck Magic (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Good Fella (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) Always towards rear, 12th of 15, 48l behind Carlingford Lough (10-11) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Aug.
Rory Anna (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Soon well off the pace towards rear, never a factor, 6th of 7, 34l behind Staying Article (11-12) at Cork 2m hdl sft in Nov.
Chino Valdes (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Mid-division best, 12th 4 out, soon no impression, 9th of 15, 40l behind Come To The Party (10-1) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Nov.
Benevolent (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Held up in 5th, slightly adrift of field from 7th, ridden and no impression from 3 out, went remote 4th run-in, 4th of 5, 14l behind Seefood (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft in Nov.
First Impressions (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd entering straight, 5th 2 out, kept on without threatening to regain 3rd run-in, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Aladdins Cave (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Nov.
Irish Soul (IRE) 11-1 (9-10) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden 5 out, no extra next, weakened and tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Quietly Fancied (10-7) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl sft in Nov.
Cloudgazer (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden no impression 4th 2 out, no extra, 5th of 7, 13l behind Waaheb (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft in Oct.
Ozeta (FR) 11-10fav (11-8) Hit 1st, held up in touch, reminders before 4 out, mistake next, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Fashionable Gal (10-12) at Stratford 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct, 7 ran.
Labeille (FR) 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, moderate 6th before straight, no impression under pressure when hampered 2 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 17, 21l behind Cyprusormilan (10-11) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd in May.
Katys Girl (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and weakened 4 out, 8th of 9, well behind Zuzka (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Wicklow Lad 14-1 (11-12) Soon prominent in chasing group, well off the pace, weakened 3 out, 10th of 11, 36l behind For A Finish (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Paradis de Thaix (FR) 25-1 (11-11) Mid-division, ridden and no impression 3 out, moderate 6th entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 24l behind Followmeuptocarlow (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Wise Oscar (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In rear and pushed along after 1st, hampered next, no impression from 5 out, 8th of 17, well behind Get In There (9-11) at Galway 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Aug.
By The Hour (IRE) 7-4fav (11-7) Mid-division, clipped heels and slipped up approaching 6 out, in a race won by Ocean Bright (11-1) at Cork 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 9-109 hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Our Only Option (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 4th approaching 4 out but no impression entering straight, kept on one pace under pressure to go moderate 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 8, 33l behind A Decent Excuse (11-7) at Naas 3m mdn hdl in Nov.
Brian Who (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Soon chased leaders, 7th at 7th, no extra and kept on same pace from 2 out, 7th of 20, 12l behind Latin Connection (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 gs in Nov.
Never A Secret (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Led or disputed lead, headed after 4 out and soon no extra, weakened, 14th of 15, well behind Celestial Prospect (11-1) at Wexford 2m 2f cond hcp hdl (80-109) gd in Oct.