Moscow Mannon was having only his second start over fences when storming to a 15-length victory at Naas and is a very smart chasing prospect. However, he was beaten over hurdles by MALLOWNEY on that track a year ago and the latter has hardly stood still over fences. Although beaten by Back Before Dawn at Navan last time, when Some Tikket fell when under pressure, that was a Grade 2 and the winner is another very promising type. Timothy Doyle's charge was still in touch when falling in a Grade 1 here earlier and can come out best this time. Darwins Fox is a stable companion of Moscow Mannon but carries a penalty for a very easy Grade 3 victory at Roscommon and has plenty to do. Mount Colah was behind the selection at Fairyhouse in December and Is Herself About, an easy debut winner over fences at Clonmel, will find these rivals much tougher.
Darwins Fox (FR) 13-8 (11-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along early straight and no extra in 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Art Of Logistics (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs (1) gd in Oct.
Mallowney (IRE) 13-8 (11-4) Prominent and disputed lead, led before 4th, headed entering straight and ridden after 2 out, no impression on winner last and no extra run-in, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Bright New Dawn (11-4) at Navan 2m 1f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Moscow Mannon (IRE) 13-8 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, led 5 out, went clear run-in, easily, won at Naas 2m beg chase in Feb beating Abbey Lane (11-12) by 15l, 16 ran.
Mount Colah (IRE) 6-4fav (11-7) Chased leader, led after 3rd, travelled well in lead when bad mistake last, soon headed, ridden and rallied run-in to lead again closing stages, won at Thurles 2m beg chase sft in Jan beating Katnap (11-12) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Some Tikket (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along and no impression in 4th when badly hampered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Bright New Dawn (11-4) at Navan 2m 1f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.
Is Herself About (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Soon raced in moderate 2nd, closed from 5th, led 4 out, clear from next, reduced lead from before 2 out but still going smoothly, left clear and stayed on well from last, comfortably,, won at Clonmel 2m beg chs gd in Dec beating Treat Yourself (11-12) by 11l, 6 ran.