Pete The Feat has looked an out-and-out stayer this season so a drop in distance on this sharp course may not be ideal and he's gone up a further 3lb since finishing third in a Grade 3 at Warwick last month. Cheltenham second Renard D'irlande, on the other hand, is trying 3m for the first time though if he is going to get home it will be on a track similar to this. Alvarado and Top Smart look high enough in the weights but Baile Anrai isn't badly handicapped, though didn't jump very well over track and trip last time. State Benefit is becoming increasingly erratic but PRINCE OF PIRATES can be forgiven his run at Leopardstown over Christmas. The better ground here is very much in his favour and he shouldn't be written off just yet. Moleskin is a course and distance winner and looks the pick of the remainder now his stable is back in business.
Pete The Feat (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Prominent, raced keenly, jumped right 15th, led 14th, headed before 2 out, one pace flat, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Rigadin De Beauchene (10-3) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Jan.
Prince Of Pirates (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Colbert Station (10-11) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec, 28 ran.
Alvarado (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, chased leaders last, stayed on well, never nearer, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Sizing Santiago (10-13) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Top Smart 12-1 (11-5) Held up in last, not fluent, mistake 2nd, struggling to keep up from 12th, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 5, 17l behind Opening Batsman (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 5f Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) sft in Jan.
State Benefit (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Raced widest of all, held up in last pair, blundered 12th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Pete The Feat (11-7) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Baile Anrai (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up in 6th, headway to chase leaders 9th, lost place next, ridden and struggling in 5th before went modest 4th 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 9, 29l behind Brackloon High (10-9) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Jan.
Renard D'irlande (FR) 11-2 (10-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 12th, ridden to challenge before 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner in clear 2nd before last, 2nd of 13, 19l behind Vino Griego (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) hvy in Jan.
Storming Gale (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway after 5 out, ridden and no extra after last, 4th of 14, 5l behind Isla Pearl Fisher (10-12) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Moleskin (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Prominent, led 11th, headed after 13th, weakened 3 out, 4th of 9, 28l behind Ballyallia Man (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Circus of Dreams 20-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, ridden and mistake 7th, weakened approaching 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Tafika (10-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.