Competitive Edge followed up his Punchestown maiden success with a victory in a Navan handicap but an 8lb rise makes this more difficult. Devil's Elbow was in good form early last summer and though disappointing later can bounce back on his handicap debut. Beir Bua has done best on ground with plenty of give though holds Wither Hills on their run at Punchestown in October but this can go to PARK RANGER. Still a maiden after six runs over hurdles, he ran well to finish runner-up in two starts last summer and ended his year scoring on the Flat at Listowel.
Competitive Edge (IRE) 11-4fav (10-9) Chased clear leader in 3rd, went 2nd 4 out, closer next, led soon after 2 out, kept on well run-in, won at Navan 2m hcp hdl sft in Mar beating Munsaab (10-3) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Eightybarackstreet (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Close up on outside, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, 21st of 23, well behind Brampour (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Nov.
Park Ranger (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders on inner, pushed along in 7th after 4 out, mistake next, 2nd 2 out, kept on run-in without troubling winner, 2nd of 22, 2l behind Rebel Fitz (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Chased clear leader towards rear, moderate 7th halfway, closer early straight and went 5th after 2 out, no extra from before last, 4th of 9, 18l behind Competitive Edge (10-9) at Navan 2m hcp hdl sft in Mar.
Baby Whizz (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, 21st of 22, 28l behind Up For The Match (9-13) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 in Mar.
Devil's Elbow 13-2 (11-5) Held up well off pace in rear, much closer after 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, ridden and soon no extra, 4th of 6, 20l behind Sizing Symphony (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd in Sep.
Beir Bua (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Mid-division, 11th halfway, 6th 2 out, ridden to go 2nd last, kept on same pace but no chance with winner run-in, 2nd of 22, 2 1/2l behind Ten Bob (10-11) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Oct.
Chill (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, closed before 4th, ridden 2 out, 6th and beaten last, one pace, 6th of 24, 10l behind Une Artiste (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
In Bloom (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Chased clear leader in 4th, closer early straight, ridden and no impression in 7th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 18l behind Competitive Edge (10-9) at Navan 2m hcp hdl sft in Mar.
Johnnys Legacy (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Mid-division, moderate 7th approaching straight, kept on same pace from before 2 out, 6th of 17, 4l behind Tabhachtach (11-5) at Cork 2m 5yo mdn hdl in Mar.
Wither Hills (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to dispute approaching 3 out, ridden in 2nd 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Lucky Spring (11-0) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Nov.
Tin Town Boy (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Towards rear, headway early straight and went 3rd after 2 out, no impression run-in, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Competitive Edge (10-9) at Navan 2m hcp hdl sft in Mar.
Tinas Exhibition (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division, closer in 4th 3 out, ridden and kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 16, 8l behind Echo Bob (11-12) at Wexford 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Mar.
The Quiet Hawk (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Prominent, 3rd before straight, no extra from before 2 out, 6th of 11, 17l behind Sam Bass (11-0) at Cork 2m 3yo hdl sft in Nov.
Lough Donnell Mist (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division, moderate 6th approaching 4 out, soon no impression, 5th of 9, 28l behind Swanfold (11-9) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Mar.
Mullaghwillin Boy (IRE) 18-1 (11-4) Prominent, 2nd halfway, weakened quickly after 5 out, pulled up after next, in a race won by Tell Dawstown (11-4) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl gd in Nov, 14 ran.
Trazar (FR) 5-1 (11-5) Waited with, 9th 4 out, no impression from next, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 12l behind On My Own (11-9) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Mar.
Treat Yourself (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Rear of mid-division, niggled along before 3 out, kept on from 2 out, 6th of 20, 22l behind Owennacurra Milan (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Mar.