Not one favourite in ten years and several huge-price winners says it all about this ultra-competitive handicap. Wins Now was a 20/1 chance when scoring a year ago and is 2lb lower this time after some moderate efforts. Don't be surprised by a much better show here though SERVE TIME was such an impressive winner on his first start for Paul Gilligan at Limerick last week that he gets the vote for a quick follow up. Paradis De Thaix was a fortunate winner at Tipperary and his jumping isn't always the best but Mr Bones has really taken to the bigger obstacles recently and even an 11lb rise for his latest success at Wexford is unlikely to prevent a big run. Future All Star is progressing nicely and should again have the measure of Flemross, who he beat at Kilbeggan last time while Carrigmartin shouldn't be dismissed with a big weight as his latest effort was over hurdles and he'd scored at Punchestown previously.
Carrigmartin (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up, kept on same pace from before 2 out, 8th of 11, 31l behind Fearnwood Girl (10-13) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
Got Attitude (IRE) 4-1fav (11-7) Soon mid-division, bad mistake 6th, pulled up before 7 out, in a race won by Lets Go Sunshine (10-1) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs gd, 15 ran.
King High (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd travelling well before straight, challenged under pressure from before last, kept on well run-in without matching winner, 2nd of 15, 1l behind Lets Go Sunshine (10-1) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs gd.
Indifference Curve (FR) 4-1fav (11-0) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, ridden 3 out, soon no extra, 9th of 21, 29l behind Turner Brown (11-2) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Feb.
Aberdale (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 8th 4 out, mistake and unseated rider next, in a race won by Lets Go Sunshine (10-1) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs gd, 15 ran.
Serve Time 9-2 (11-2) Soon tracked leaders, 2nd 4 out, led before 2 out, soon clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Limerick 2m 6f nov chs gd beating Cottage Oak (11-8) by 7l, 6 ran.
Warcraft 12-1 (11-6) Towards rear, improved to track leaders after 5 out, led 3 out, headed when mistake next, no extra and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Benefitthewest (9-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
Wins Now 16-1 (11-7) Towards rear, closer in moderate 7th 5 out, moderate 6th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 11th of 14, 27l behind Future All Star (10-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f hcp chs gd.
Hangover (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 7th approaching 7 out, no extra 5 out, 10th of 14, 26l behind Future All Star (10-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f hcp chs gd.
Tasman (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Always prominent, moderate 4th 3 out, ridden into 3rd and no impression approaching last, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 10l behind Future All Star (10-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f hcp chs gd.
Future All Star (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Soon mid-division and always travelled well, improved to chase leaders from after 7 out, closed in 3rd approaching 2 out, soon 2nd and challenged, almost on terms last, led and stayed on best run-in, won at Kilbeggan 2m 6f hcp chs gd beating Flemross (10-6) by 2l, 14 ran.
Piano Star 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division best, dropped towards rear from 7 out, soon no impression, 13th of 14, well behind Future All Star (10-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f hcp chs gd.
Another Ambition (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, late headway into 8th 2 out, no impression in 6th last, kept on run-in, 4th of 16, 9l behind Corrick Bridge (11-6) at Bellewstown 3m hcp hdl 8Evens09 gf.
Flemross (IRE) 40-1 (10-6) Soon led, attempted to assert and went clear 6 out, reduced lead approaching 2 out, soon strongly pressed, almost joined last, headed and kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Future All Star (10-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f hcp chs gd.
Barna Bay (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Soon chased leaders, moderate 5th after 3 out, moderate 4th from next, closed into straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Information (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gs.
Mr Bones (IRE) 10-3fav (11-6) Soon tracked leaders, closer order from 5 out, led approaching 2 out, stayed on well under pressure from before last, won at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-109 gd beating Good Decision (11-1) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
Paradis de Thaix (FR) 5-1 (11-9) Soon prominent, closer in 2nd 4 out, on terms approaching straight, bad mistake 2 out, left clear and stayed on from last, won at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs gd beating Page One Two Nine (11-12) by 13l, 15 ran.
Benalma (IRE) 11-1 (11-8) Prominent, 2nd before 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 16l behind Eagle's Pass (11-5) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd.
Hot Friend (IRE) 5-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, improved to lead 6 out, clear approaching 2 out, stayed on well, won at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs 0-102 gd beating Clan Music (11-5) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Sea Stallion (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Close up, on terms from before straight, headed and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Tajweed (9-11) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 gd.
Jamsie Hall (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 13th, led 3 out, 3 lengths ahead between last 2, no extra from last and headed final 150 yards, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Court Red Handed (11-0) at Stratford 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Tory Hill Lad (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Led, headed 5th, slight mistake 7th, reminders 8th, weakened from 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Sarteano (11-0) at Galway 2m 6f chs gd.
The Snuffler (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Prominent, not fluent and reminders 8th, soon lost place, no impression and kept on same pace from 4 out, 5th of 8, 36l behind Safari Sunup (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd.