Golden Wonder had looked a smart prospect in his first two races over fences and didn't show anything like his true form in a Grade 3 at Cork in November. Civena scored over 2m5f here on New Year's Day and ran surprisingly well in a Limerick Grade 2 last month. Coole Avenue is useful at his best but inconsistent, though he was on his best behaviour in testing ground at Thurles last time and though The Bishop Looney hasn't won for over two years he's dropped to a favourable mark as a consequence. Zekarya has been alternating between hurdles and fences but appears better over the bigger obstacles and has to be on the short-list. Glenquest didn't run well at Wexford last time but has now dropped to his last winning mark. CARRY EACH OTHER has returned to top form and made most over this trip at Gowran last month. He's up 7lb but still looks reasonably treated, especially with his rider's claim taken into consideration, and gets the vote.
Golden Wonder (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Chased leaders, mainly 3rd, slight mistake 7th, pushed along 4 out, ridden in 4th and no impression when mistake 3 out, kept on one pace, dropped to last run-in, last of 5, 26l behind Sizing Rio (10-13) at Cork 2m 4f nov chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Panther Claw (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Prominent, led 5 out, headed next, ridden in 2nd entering straight, dropped to 3rd 2 out, soon no extra, 5th of 14, 17l behind Gallant Oscar (10-1) at Naas 3m Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
Civena (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 6th 4 out, moderate 5th approaching straight, closed under pressure and left 2nd from last, kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Caoimhe's Delight (11-0) at Limerick 2m 6f (1) hvy in Mar.
Are Ya Right Chief (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Towards rear, struggling 17th, tailed off when pulled 5 out, in a race won by Goulanes (10-3) at Uttoxeter 4m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gs in Mar, 16 ran.
Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Mid-division, slow 5th, bad mistake 7th, towards rear before 8 out, weakened 7 out, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Cherryantor (9-3) at Navan 3m hcp chs (10yo+) in Mar, 11 ran.
Coole Avenue (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, mistake 8th, disputed from 7 out, ridden 2 out, edged ahead last, kept on well to assert run-in, won at Thurles 2m 6f beg chase hvy in Mar beating Stoney (11-12) by 7l, 8 ran.
Snooze (FR) 20-1 (10-2) Led, headed 4th, led again 9th, headed 5 out, weakened from next, soon trailing, 12th of 14, well behind Gallant Oscar (10-1) at Naas 3m Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
The Bishop Looney (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Prominent, on terms after 5th, led before 4 out, pressed next, headed after 2 out, no impression last, soon one pace in 3rd, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Bothair Clei (9-10) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Zekarya (FR) 11-2fav (10-6) Led or disputed lead, headed before 6th, ridden in 2nd after 2 out and no impression last, kept on one pace and dropped to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Sort It Out (10-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Glenquest (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Prominent early, dropped to 10th halfway, pushed along and no impression in 8th 4 out, no danger and kept on one pace in straight, 5th of 14, 32l behind Foritsa (9-4) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs (10yo+) in Mar.
Loch Dara (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Always prominent, on terms 12th, headed after 5 out, remained close up, ridden before straight, soon on terms again, led from after 2 out, stayed on well run-in to hold on at the finish, won at Gowran Park 3m 1f hts chs sft in Mar beating Davy From Milan (11-1) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Archie Meade (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no extra 6 out, weakened and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by On His Own (11-6) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs in Jan, 18 ran.
Carry Each Other (IRE) 5-2fav (11-3) Led, joined 5 out, led again entering straight, under pressure from 2 out and kept on well run-in, won at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Mar beating Witness Of Fashion (10-2) by 6l, 9 ran.
Jupitor (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, progress to dispute after 5 out, 2nd 4 out, ridden entering straight, challenged 3 out, under pressure in close 5th 2 out, no extra before last, 7th of 16, 11l behind My Murphy (11-10) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
In Great Form (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Soon prominent, on terms from 10th, still travelling smoothly straight, headed and not fluent last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 11, 7l behind See Double You (10-1) at Naas 3m hcp chs 0-123 in Feb.
Please Talk (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, mistake 7th, 7th halfway, progress travelling well in 5th entering straight, close 4th and ridden 2 out, no impression in 3rd from last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 7l behind My Murphy (11-10) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
Sword Fish (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) Mid-division early, dropped to rear of mid-division halfway, no impression from 4 out, 9th of 14, well behind Gallant Oscar (10-1) at Naas 3m Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
Thelobstercatcher 11-2 (9-10) Mid-division, no impression before 3 out, weakened, 14th of 18, 49l behind Folsom Blue (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade C) (5yo+) hvy in Feb.
Too Late To Sell (IRE) 11-1 (10-1) Mid-division, ridden into 8th 3 out, no impression next, kept on same pace from before last, 6th of 16, 10l behind My Murphy (11-10) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
Cherryantor (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, ridden 6 out, weakened before 4 out, 10th of 15, well behind Hidden Horizons (10-3) at Downpatrick 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 sft in Mar.