It was fast ground when Raydari scored at Roscommon last summer but he's 17lb higher today. Never A Secret has also won on a fast surface but is 10lb higher for this and Swift Marc has a more realistic chance upped only 6lb for his recent victory over fences at Clonmel. Roman Numeral had to dig deep when scoring at Tramore last time and will find this tougher but Luimneach Abu could go well back over timber after recent outings on the Flat. Bumper winner DRUNKEN COUNSEL finished a lot closer at Tramore on only his second start over hurdles and Gordon Elliott's charge gets the nod to come good with further progress on the cards.
Raydari (FR) 9-2 (11-1) Chased leaders, no extra from 3 out, kept on same pace, 9th of 12, 29l behind Anshan Dreams (11-7) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf in Aug.
Swiftmarc (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Mid-division early, progress to chase leaders before 6th, 4th halfway, 2nd 4 out, disputed bypassing 3 out, led before straight, narrowly headed before 2 out where ridden, led again before last, kept on well run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 hvy beating Sherika (10-11) by 5l, 14 ran.
Luimneach Abu (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 4th 4 out, pushed along in 3rd 2 out, no impression in 4th entering straight, kept on one pace, mistake last, 4th of 9, 10l behind Sizing Australia (10-13) at Wexford 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) sft in Oct.
Never A Secret (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Chased leaders when fell heavily 2nd, in a race won by Naughty Molly (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs gf in Oct, 9 ran.
Windsor Pride (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, led and disputed after 3rd, ridden and headed after 3 out, no extra and weakened, eased run-in and tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Bayan (10-10) at Listowel 2m sft in Sep.
Drunken Counsel (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Led, challenged and slight mistake 2 out, ridden and headed before last, no extra and kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 13l behind Triumphant (11-5) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl.
Roman Numeral (IRE) 5-2fav (11-7) Mid-division, progress into 5th 4 out, ridden to challenge 2 out where slight mistake, narrow lead before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, all out, won at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 beating Foolish Notions (11-4) by nk, 16 ran.
Newberry Hill (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division, progress into 6th entering straight, ridden in 7th and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 18, 19l behind Kylestyle (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Redwood Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Soon towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from 6 out,, 9th of 16, well behind Chicago (11-7) at Limerick 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Snoqualmie Chief 40-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 11th of 15, well behind Adriana Des Mottes (10-7) at Punchestown 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Winter Music (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up, ridden from 3 out, soon no impression, 8th of 15, 46l behind Adriana Des Mottes (10-7) at Punchestown 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.