Considering the competitive nature of this, it's strange that none of them won last time out. Nearest The PIn was having his ninth start over fences when landing a beginners' event at Ballinrobe but has since run even better to finish a close second to Lost Legend at Kempton. Cootamundra landed a very tough handicap at Navan in November but that was over 3m while Treat Yourself went up 9lb for an easy victory at Leopardstown and couldn't quite cope at Gowran. Abbey Lane is rated 5lb higher over hurdles so looks well treated on his handicap debut over fences but stablemate Dogora broke a blood vessel when a long way behind Some Tikket at Gowran. BURN AND TURN was beaten narrowly by subsequent Kim Muir winner Spring Heeled at Killarney in August and has been confined to hurdles since. He wouldn't want the ground to turn heavy but looks the one to be on.
Nearest The Pin (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, pushed along 9th, headway 4 out, led 2 out, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Lost Legend (11-2) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar.
Cootamundra (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Held up tracking leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd and no impression approaching last, no extra in 4th run-in, 4th of 5, 15l behind Foxrock (11-8) at Navan 3m nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Dogora (FR) 8-13fav (11-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to challenge 4 out, soon disputed, headed after 3 out, 4th 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 14, 31l behind Some Tikket (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chase in Jan.
Abbey Lane (IRE) 4-5fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 5th, bad mistake next, on terms 8th, led 3 out, joined next, soon headed, no extra last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Toon River (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f beg chase sft in Mar.
Burn And Turn (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden in 4th 2 out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 17l behind Sailors Warn (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hdl sft in Mar.
Six Stone Ned (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Prominent when mistake 1st, tracked leader in 2nd, 3rd 4 out and pushed along approaching next where mistake, soon no extra and weakened, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Felix Yonger (11-4) at Punchestown 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) in Nov.
Some Tikket (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden in 5th 3 out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 27l behind Mount Colah (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs sft in Mar.
Sizing Machine (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 3 out, no impression in 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 39l behind Zekarya (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs hvy in Feb.
Starkie 4-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, progress into close 2nd and challenged 5 out, led entering straight, headed before 2 out, ridden before last where slight mistake, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 5l behind The Way We Were (10-10) at Naas 2m hcp chs in Feb.
Treat Yourself (IRE) 5-2fav (10-10) Towards rear, closer order to chase leaders approaching 4 out, moderate 5th approaching straight, 4th 2 out, soon no impression in 3rd, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Instant Impacked (9-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
The Way We Were (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Soon tracked leaders, improved to dispute lead approaching straight, headed 3 out, dropped to 5th 2 out, soon weakened and eased, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Instant Impacked (9-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
Shamiran (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Disputed early, soon chased leaders, bad mistake 4th and sprawled on landing, soon lost place, 7th next, progress into 5th 7 out, 4th before 4 out, ridden in 5th 3 out, under pressure in 4th entering straight, no impression before last where left 3rd, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Coole Avenue (11-5) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chase hvy in Mar.
Gentleman Duke (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Soon mid-division, 6th after 4th, 7th approaching 4 out where not fluent, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Instant Impacked (9-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
Authinger (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, pecked 2nd, no impression when mistake 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by My Murphy (11-10) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar, 16 ran.
Mitebeall Forluck 8-1 (9-7) Mid-division, 8th entering straight and progress to go 5th at last, under pressure and no impression run-in,, 4th of 14, 6l behind King Vuvuzela (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Dec.