Moon Dice hasn't won over timber since landing the Galway Hurdle back in 2011 and is still higher in the weights. Art Of Payroll made his handicap debut here last month and was in touch when impeded or would have finished much closer. Gift Of Dgab has been alternating between hurdles and fences and has better form over the bigger obstacles while it's a long time since Star Of Aragon won a race. BENDANELLA looked a certain winner when kicking clear at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day but was caught close home by Wooly Tom, who has run well subsequently. That was only his second handicap start and Henry De Bromhead's charge can go one better. Back Off Mate wasn't too far behind Wooly Tom at Naas last time and is well enough weighted to be considered the main threat.
Moon Dice (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders in 3rd, slight mistake 3 out, pushed along before straight, ridden and no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, slight mistake last, 4th of 5, 10l behind False Economy (11-12) at Limerick 2m hdl in Nov.
Art Of Payroll (GER) 12-1 (11-0) Settled in mid-division, 9th halfway, closer 2 out where hampered, progress into 6th before last, ridden and kept on run-in, 4th of 15, 7l behind Never Enough Time (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Feb.
Hidden Universe (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Prominent, mistake 2nd, no extra from before 2 out, 17th of 20, 24l behind Moon Dice (10-4) at Galway 2m hcp hdl gd in Jul '11.
Gift Of Dgab (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, 3rd into straight, no extra and kept on same pace from before last, 5th of 16, 5l behind Jennies Jewel (10-11) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl in Dec.
He's Our Man (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, reminders 4th, 7th approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 6th of 8, 20l behind Darwins Fox (11-1) at Roscommon 2m nov chs (1) gf in Sep.
Star Of Aragon (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) Prominent and led 1st, headed entering straight and no impression in 4th before last, kept on one pace run-in, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Never Enough Time (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Feb.
Bendanella (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Led, asserted approaching 2 out, ridden and reduced advantage last, headed run-in, kept on one pace under pressure,, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Wooly Tom (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl in Jan.
Bishopslough (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Chased leader, jumped left 3 out, closed when hit 2 out, ridden approaching straight, weakened approaching last where mistake, 6th of 7, 24l behind Rocky Wednesday (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Dec.
Acapulco Gold (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along 6 out, 5th after 4 out, 7th and no extra from next, 7th of 11, 14l behind Minella For Value (11-11) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct.
Back Off Mate (IRE) 5-1fav (10-3) Held up, 11th early, slight mistake 3rd, ridden to go 5th before last, kept on without threatening run-in, 4th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Glen Beg (9-12) at Naas 2m hcp hdl sft in Jan.