Ruby Walsh's presence on board TWIGLINE suggests he's the better fancied of Willie Mullins' pair though Patrick Mullins has been on board Tasitiocht for all seven starts. The former, a winner of a bumper in France, looked potentially very useful when sauntering home here in November and gets the vote over his stablemate, who will probably attempt to make all. Jennies Jewel beat a big field at Naas and is on the upgrade as is Way Up In The Air, who had more in hand than the winning margin suggests at Punchestown last week. Both Oscars Joy and Annie Oakley are recent winners who shouldn't be dismissed in a race that should provide plenty of pointers for the future.
Tasitiocht (IRE) 1-2fav (11-7) Made all, ridden out and stayed on well run-in, won at Wexford 2m mrs nov hdl in Dec beating Carries Darling (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, improved into 4th 3 out, ridden in 2nd from 2 out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl beating Upazo (11-10) by 2l, 17 ran.
Oscars Joy (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Always prominent, improved to lead entering straight, soon ridden, stayed on well under pressure from before last, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Caoimhe's Delight (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 20 ran.
Twigline (FR) 10-11fav (11-5) Waited with well off the pace in mid-division, closer in 6th 4 out, still travelling well tracking leaders early straight, quickly assumed command last, asserted run-in, easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov beating King Of The Refs (11-4) by 4l, 9 ran.
Way Up In The Air (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Very free going to start, tracked leaders, 4th halfway and headway to challenge travelling well 2 out, led entering straight and asserted approaching last, driven out and kept on same pace run-in, won at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy beating Champagne Agent (11-12) by 5l, 12 ran.
Annie Oakley (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Tracked leader in 2nd, improved to lead 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on well from last, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mares mdn hdl hvy beating Queen Of The Hill (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Colla Pier (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Slow to load, slowly into stride, some progress from before straight, no extra and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 9th of 13, 9l behind Hes Our Music (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-75 pol in Dec (flat).