NED BUNTLINE was conceding Mallowney 6lb when beaten a couple of lengths at Naas in January then had a break before finishing runner-up to Savello in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham. He can take his revenge on Mallowney on these terms and also take care of Golanbrook, who was a further six lengths behind in that Naas event. Nearest The Pin's form isn't quite up to that of those three rivals but stablemate Road To Riches has been competing at a much higher level since beating Foxrock on his chasing bow in November. Clonmel winner Is Herself About will need to find massive improvement to get involved.
Golanbrook (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Disputed lead early, headed before 3rd, mistake 4th and soon dropped to 3rd, 2nd 3 out, soon ridden, 3rd from 2 out, kept on one paced in 3rd, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Mallowney (11-2) at Naas 2m nov chs sft in Jan.
Mallowney (IRE) 5-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, headway from 2 out, ridden to lead at last, headed inside final furlong, soon no impression and dropped to 3rd, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Mount Colah (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs sft in Mar.
Nearest The Pin (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Held up, soon towards rear, closer order from before 5 out, 6th next, closed up to be prominent before straight, soon 3rd, pecked badly 2 out, no extra and eased approaching last,, 6th of 13, 23l behind Some Tikket (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f nov hcp chs sft.
Ned Buntline 6-1fav (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, close up 2 out, went 4th approaching last, ridden and stayed on well flat, took 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 23, 1 1/4l behind Savello (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Road To Riches (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, slight mistake 7th, ridden 4 out, no impression next, weakened, last of 4, well behind Djakadam (10-8) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G2 (1) sft in Jan.
Is Herself About (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Led, slight mistake 3rd, headed 5 out, led again 3 out, ridden and headed next, 3rd entering straight, no impression in 4th before last, 4th of 6, 19l behind Mount Colah (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs sft in Mar.