Healys Bar was withdrawn at Punchestown yesterday and has been well beaten on his last two starts on heavy ground after a very promising chasing debut on that track. Outlaw Kid was having his first start over fences after a long absence when falling at Cork in November and, providing he's none the worse, looks a chaser in the making. His stablemate, Tony McCoy's mount Rahan De Marcigny, has been running as though a longer trip would suit. Shirley Casper was a very promising hurdler in 2009 and made a fine start over fences at Naas in November. She was beaten at long odds-on by Gentle Alice at Limerick over Xmas and will need to do better. TAWAAGG, narrowly beaten in the richly endowed MCR Handicap Hurdle here a year ago, makes his debut over fences and could be another star from the Willie Mullins yard. He takes on some decent opponents but can get off to a winning start. Gates Of Rome wasn't far behind Realt Dubh at Punchestown in November but was well beaten behind the same horse in a Grade 1 on heavy ground at the last meeting here.
Bostons Gift (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders in moderate 3rd, ridden from 3 out, headway into close 2nd after 2 out, 3rd when pecked last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Waltzing Tornado (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase hvy.
Captain Dreyfus (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Always behind, trailing from 4 out, 8th of 11, well behind Royal De La Thinte (11-11) at Punchestown 3m beg chs hvy in Dec.
Dundrum (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, dropped to 6th and ridden 3 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 29l behind Uncle Tom Cobley (10-13) at Naas 2m nov chs sft.
Gates Of Rome (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th early, dropped towards rear 5 out, weakened after next, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Realt Dubh (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.
Healys Bar (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Mid-division on outer, 6th halfway, no extra approaching 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Bostons Angel (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) in Dec, 9 ran.
Like Your Style (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Towards rear early, headway into 6th halfway, bad mistake 5 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tharawaat (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Outlaw Kid (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Mid-division, progress into 2nd halfway, weakened from 4 out, towards rear when fell 2 out, in a race won by Elysian Rock (11-12) at Cork 2m 5f beg chs sft in Nov, 18 ran.
Rahan De Marcigny (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Held up, 8th halfway, mistake 4 out, good headway into 4th entering straight, went 2nd before last, soon no impression under pressure, no extra run-in, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Lastoftheleaders (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chs in Nov.
Tawaagg 16-1 (10-7) Never a factor, 11th of 21, 18l behind Dorset Square (9-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 gd in Apr.
Shirley Casper (IRE) 1-2fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression on winner from 2 out, onepaced, 2nd of 13, 12l behind Gentle Alice (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs in Dec.