Mister Hotelier had some strong bumper form last season but was beaten a long way on his reappearance at Punchestown in November. He should do better and make a hurdler but Akatara has become just about the most frustrating hurdler in the business. She was having her 29th start over timber when narrowly beaten by Milborough in a Tramore maiden over 2m5f on New Year's Day and though she has the best form in the race she's now been in the first four 16 times without winning. Willie Mullins has suffered a few reversals in recent weeks and SARABAD has been a short-priced beaten favourite on his last four starts. It wasn't the greatest of races when he finished runner-up to Courageous Cry at Limerick but there's probably some improvement left in him and he gets the vote. Cnocan Diva may do best of the remainder despite a poor debut over hurdles at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day.
Barrow Island (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders in 3rd and keen hold, weakened approaching 2 out, 10th of 13, well behind Mumbo Jumbo (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Ainroe (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden and no extra before 3 out, fell 2 out, in a race won by Starkie (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec, 24 ran.
Arkansas Dave (IRE) Dr Massini gelding out of Martinstown Lady.
Diamondgeezer Luke (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd before straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 36l behind Futuramic (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Mister Hotelier (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Held up towards rear, improved to 4th 7f out, ridden 3f out, no impression in 3rd 2f out, kept on one pace in 4th from over 1f out, 4th of 6, well behind Clondaw Court (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Nov.
Timely Decision (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, some headway in 12th 4 out, ridden into moderate 9th 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 10th of 20, 32l behind Hidden Cyclone (11-12) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl in Oct '10.
Cnocan Diva (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 13th of 14, well behind Ned Buntline (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Colley Row (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, no extra in 7th entering straight, 7th of 15, well behind Ballycasey (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f Amateur Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) in Dec.
Definite Daly (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Chsd ldrs, 3rd aftr 5out, cl 4th bef 3out until no ex in 5th 2out, lft fair 4th at last, ko onepcd, 4th of 12, 7l behind Western Warhorse (11-7) at Affane 3m ire ptp sft in Nov.
Grand Partner (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, 4th 4f out, ridden entering straight, 3rd 2f out, soon no extra, 5th of 13, 26l behind City Slicker (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec.
Sarabad (FR) 8-13fav (11-9) Tracked leaders in mid-division on inner, headway into 3rd entering straight and ridden after 2 out, went 2nd run-in but no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Courageous Cry (11-2) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Unzing (FR) 20-1 (11-8) Waited with, no extra 3 out, pulled up entering straight, in a race won by Kilcrea (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Akatara (IRE) 11-2 (10-4) Prominent, closed into 2nd after 3 out, challenged and on terms before next, headed last and soon no impression, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Milborough (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy.
Bellavic (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and weakened before straight, 21st of 25, well behind Whatwillwecallher (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 1f mares n h flat gd in May '11.
Bisoguet (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Prominent, led from 6th, ridden and headed entering straight, no impression before last, 10th of 20, 32l behind Oscars Joy (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Takemeandbreakme (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Always behind, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Captain Canada (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Black Spice (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Never a factor, 14th of 15, well behind Waydownsouth (11-12) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Whatwillwedonext (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, last of 15, well behind Don Cossack (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Juan De Gracia (IRE) Milan gelding out of So Supreme.