After beating the useful Lord Windermere at Navan, Dylan Ross has been well beaten in better company and will be more at home in this grade. Rupert Lamb has progressed steadily since joining Willie Mullins and there looked more to come when he made all over the track and trip in January. Savello is getting his act together and looked a nice prospect when scoring comfortably at Clonmel but all will need to make further progress if they are to lower the colours of COOTAMUNDRA. He's proving to be a much better chaser than hurdler and put a debut fall over fences behind him with several fine efforts at Grade 2 level, form that should be good enough to give him a first success over the bigger obstacles.
Dylan Ross (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Held up, slight mistkae 6th, trailing when mistake and pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Arvika Ligeonniere (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec, 5 ran.
Rupert Lamb 5-2 (11-12) Made all, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Leopardstown 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Jan beating Toner D'Oudairies (11-12) by 4l, 7 ran.
Savello (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 5 out, joined briefly 3 out, led again entering straight, soon ridden clear, stayed on well from last, comfortably, won at Clonmel 2m beg chase hvy in Feb beating Page Turner (11-5) by 6l, 13 ran.
Special Tiara 11-4 (11-0) Prominent and tracked leader in 2nd until led after 4th, strongly pressed and headed 2 out, no impression on winner when mistake last, no extra, 2nd of 6, 15l behind Baily Green (11-8) at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs (1) hvy in Oct.
Cootamundra (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Waited with towards rear, closed into 3rd still going okay from 2 out, not entirely fluent last, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Buckers Bridge (11-4) at Navan 2m 1f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
The Real Article (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Soon chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 3rd and no extra early straight, kept on one pace, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 7, 10l behind Rupert Lamb (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Jan.