CAIM HILL doesn't have the best of form figures in recent starts though he won on the Flat at Limerick last month before running over fences. He's perfectly capable of winning this at his best and is just 5lb higher than his last success over hurdles so is given the nod. Shanpallas is improving rapidly and was well on top at the finish over 2m4f at Down Royal so an extra half-mile won't be a problem. Usual Smurfer is another tackling the trip for the first time over timber but he wasn't stopping over 2m4f at Bellewstown and this should prove within his compass. Tugboat won a novice hurdle here a year ago and though not in the best of form subsequently he will have been prepared for this while recent winners Your Busy, Landero and UK raider Blackwell Synergy have to enter the reckoning in a wide-open contest.
King Ali (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Towards rear, some headway under pressure into 10th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 9th of 16, 16l behind Golden Kite (10-6) at Roscommon 3m hcp chs gf in Jun.
Landero 5-1fav (11-5) Settled in mid-division, good headway approaching straight and led 3 out, cruised clear from next, unextended, won at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl gf beating Courtncatcher (11-1) by 8l, 16 ran.
Blackwell Synergy (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Led 1st, made rest, ridden and pressed before 2 out, in command and 2 lengths ahead when left well clear at the last, won at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating Father Shine (10-3) by 30l, 10 ran.
Caim Hill (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, ridden after 3 out, no extra in 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 9l behind Slieveardagh (11-4) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs gf.
Usuel Smurfer (FR) 7-2fav (11-6) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, headway when mistake 5 out, 3rd next, ridden 3 out, 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace without reaching winner, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Imperial Shabra (10-5) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf.
Shanpallas (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, closer order from before 4 out, led after next, slight mistake 2 out, strongly pressed from before last, stayed on well to draw clear closing stages, comfortably, won at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd in May beating High Gales (11-2) by 6l, 19 ran.
Tugboat (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, 5th before 4 out, pushed along and no impression before 3 out, 4th and kept on one pace from before straight, 4th of 7, 23l behind Make Your Mark (11-10) at Tipperary 3m hdl gf.
Dooney Rock (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Close up and disputed lead, under pressure approaching 4 out, soon 2nd, no extra into straight, 4th of 6, 18l behind On His Own (11-12) at Sligo 2m 4f hdl hvy in May.
For A Finish 7-1 (10-9) Towards rear, reminders before 3 out, soon brought down, in a race won by Another Palm (10-12) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs gf, 16 ran.
Harold's Cross (AUS) 14-1 (10-13) Towards rear, no impression from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Bangonform (10-5) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl gd in Jun, 17 ran.
Irish Soul (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Prominent early, lost place before 4th, fell 5th, in a race won by Bangonform (10-5) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl gd in Jun, 17 ran.
Blissful Moment (USA) 15-2 (10-6) Waited with well off the pace towards rear, kept on same pace from 3 out, 9th of 11, 40l behind Away We Go (10-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Liberty Counsel (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Mid-division, ridden in 10th 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Double Seven (10-6) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs gf.
Your Busy (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Made all, ridden 3 out, kept on well under pressure from before last, pressed close home, won at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl gf beating Dingaling (10-3) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Victrix Gale (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Held up, mistake and hampered 1st, mistake 8th, well beaten before 4 out, 7th of 18, 23l behind Storm Survivor (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun.
Eagle's Pass (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden and no extra after 4 out, 11th of 14, 23l behind Your Busy (10-3) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl gf.
Prosperity Square (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Soon mid-division, 10th early, 8th approaching straight, in pursuit of winner in 2nd but no impression when mistake last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 17, 4l behind Blossom Gate (11-4) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 gf.
Tico (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Waited with, closer order from 6 out, 10th from 4 out, ridden to chase leaders 2 out, soon no impression, kept on, 2nd of 18, 4l behind Courtncatcher (11-5) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl 80-109 gs in Jun.
Happy New Year (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Soon mid-division, niggled along circuit to go, moderate 6th before 4 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 48l behind Acapulco Gold (11-6) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-109 gf.
Ahorsecalledmolly (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Prominent, 2nd halfway, led before 3 out, ridden and challenged 3 out, kept on under pressure, headed last, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 4l behind Cerveza Dinero (11-10) at Bellewstown 3m hcp hdl 80-109 gf.
Lets Go Sunshine (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, improved to be on terms from 4 out, not fluent next, soon headed, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 4th of 18, 24l behind Tales Of Milan (11-2) at Limerick 2m 6f Amateur Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (4yo+) gf.
Corrick Bridge (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Rear of mid-division and 11th halfway, pushed along in 6th approaching straight and no chance with winner in 4th after 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 16, 11l behind Landero (11-5) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl gf.
Capal Dubh Alainn (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always rear, mistakes 3rd and 8th, never a factor, 8th of 12, 48l behind Make A Track (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Nov.