Spa Hill has been going well in maidens and makes his handicap debut after another good run at Punchestown on Wednesday. Willie Mullins won this last year and Wicklow Gold will attract support after his demolition job in a Tramore maiden in December though that was a poor event and he makes his handicap debut in a tough contest. DALASIRI is another making his handicap bow and though he hasn't always been consistent his best form would be good enough and he had a nice run behind Shield on the Flat at Dundalk three weeks ago. Divine Rhapsody made his handicap debut at Down Royal where he relished the heavy ground and stayed on strongly. He has a 6lb rise to contend with but should be in the firing-line. Valmy Baie made his debut for Gordon Elliott at Cork in November after arriving from France and could prove on a lenient mark so is one to keep an eye on.
The Crafty Butcher (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Rear of mid-division, pushed along towards rear after 3 out, no extra, eased in straight, tailed off, 20th of 21, well behind Courage (10-1) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Too Scoops (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, 14th of 16, 35l behind Jetson (10-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl hvy.
Dalasiri (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden in moderate 4th approaching straight, no extra, 4th of 6, 49l behind Smashing (11-7) at Limerick 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Dec.
Sullane Chief (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Reluctant to start and slowly into stride, towards rear, some progress when badly hampered 2 out, soon no extra, 19th of 24, well behind Gilgamboa (10-9) at Leopardstown 2m Handicap Hurdle (0-150) (Grade B) (4yo+) sft in Jan.
Wicklow Gold (FR) 5-4fav (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, disputed 4 out and led next, asserted approaching 2 out, clear before last and kept on well, very easily,, won at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl sft in Dec beating Highbrow Blue (11-4) by 27l, 10 ran.
Nearly Nama'd (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Led, ridden and headed entering straight, soon no extra, 8th of 13, 34l behind Zabana (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Jan.
Star Neuville (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Waited with, progress to track leaders from 5 out, soon 3rd, jumped a bit left last, stayed on well run-in, not quite get there, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Sizing Australia (11-12) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Apr.
Seriatim (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, on terms from 4 out, led from next, drifted a little left before 2 out, soon joined, rider dropped whip after last, soon headed, not match winner and kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Man With Van (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl hvy.
Valmy Baie (FR) 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, closer in 2nd from 4 out, no impression from 2 out, soon dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 14l behind Valseur Lido (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Divine Rhapsody (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 1st, ridden along in 2nd 3 out, 3rd on inner next, went 2nd at last, kept on run-in to lead close home, won at Down Royal 2m nov hcp hdl hvy beating Cassells Rock (10-4) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Oscar Fiain (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, progress to lead 2 out, challenged last, kept on under pressure run-in, no extra and headed final 70 yards,, 2nd of 18, 1l behind Thunder And Roses (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Spa Hill (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Chased leader in 2nd, led after 3 out, slight mistake 2 out and ridden, strongly pressed before last, headed last, 3rd and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Noble Endeavor (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy.