Noel Meade has two penalised entries here - Prima Vista, raised an incredible 15lb after beating Tijuana Dancer easily here - and Asigh Pearl, a nice winner at Fairyhouse last month when several of these were behind but well beaten in this a year ago. The former is sure to attract support after his impressive success but will find this much tougher and Tijuana Dancer must have a chance of reversing the form. Final Approach was around four lengths behind Asigh Pearl at Fairyhouse but can take his revenge on the revised terms as that was his first start since September. Fosters Cross, who was second that day, is another with claims on these terms but a chance is taken on NEW PHASE. Dermot Weld has his string in top form and his seven-year-old looked a progressive hurdler when easily accounting for Jered at Cork in November.
Alpine Eagle (IRE) 4-6fav (11-12) Led, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Red Key (11-3) at Listowel 2m hdl gd in Sep.
Slieveardagh (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, moderate 4th halfway, 8th 3 out, no extra from next, 11th of 13, 28l behind Prima Vista (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Dec.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Rear of mid-division, headway approaching straight, 7th 2 out, ridden to go 4th before last where not fluent, kept on under pressure run-in, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Asigh Pearl (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
New Phase (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on inner, led before 2 out, soon ridden clear, stayed on strongly run-in, easily, won at Cork 2m hdl sft in Nov beating Jered (11-5) by 4l, 10 ran.
Un Hinged (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Always towards rear, never a factor, 7th of 9, 26l behind Might Be Magic (9-13) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 8Evens30.
Whodoyouthink (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Towards rear, 15th 4 out, kept on from 2 out without threatening, 10th of 16, 11l behind Asigh Pearl (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Lancetto (FR) 9-4fav (11-12) Close up in 2nd, led early straight, mistake 2 out, soon ridden, clear last, kept on under pressure, won at Naas 2m hdl gf in Oct beating Oneeightofamile (11-12) by 2l, 8 ran.
Casey Top (IRE) 7-4fav (10-10) Led, joined after 4 out, led again before 2 out, soon ridden, headed last, not pace of winner, kept on, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Sivota (11-1) at Navan 2m 6f hdl sft in Sep.
Prima Vista 3-1fav (10-0) Tracked clear leader in moderate 3rd, smooth progress to close and went 2nd 2 out, led entering straight and soon stretched clear, eased close home, impressive, won at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Dec beating Tijuana Dancer (10-3) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Vital Plot (USA) 25-1 (10-7) Led and soon clear, reduced advantage approaching 2 out, headed under pressure entering straight, soon no extra and weakened, 8th of 13, 19l behind Prima Vista (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Dec.
Wilde Wit Pleasure (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Held up until closed to track leaders approaching 6 out, 2nd 3 out, struggling to match winner from before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Sweet My Lord (11-5) at Limerick 2m 3f hdl sft in Dec.
Call The Police (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Close up to 4 out, lost touch next, weakened, tailed off, last of 4, well behind Saludos (11-9) at Punchestown 2m lst nov hdl (4yo+) hvy in Dec '09.
Northern Alliance (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) In touch, under pressure when badly hampered 3 out, not recover and soon weakened, 8th of 16, 41l behind Poquelin (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec.
Asigh Pearl (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Mid-division on outer, 7th halfway, went 4th entering straight, headway to lead after 2 out, ridden and kept on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft in Dec beating Fosters Cross (11-8) by 2l, 16 ran.
Final Approach 7-2fav (10-8) Settled in mid-division on inner, 8th halfway, headway into 4th 2 out, 2nd under pressure at last, no extra run-in, 5th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Asigh Pearl (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Prince Of Fire (GER) 7-1 (11-12) Prominent on outer, 3rd when slight mistake 4 out, 4th next, no extra from 2 out, 7th of 12, 8l behind Loup Du Saubouas (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chs sft in Nov.
Some Slam (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Prominent, ridden and weakened approaching straight, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Slieveardagh (10-6) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gd in May, 17 ran.
Capellanus (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 8th halfway, went 4th after 3 out, 3rd under pressure approaching last, no impression and kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 7l behind Prima Vista (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Dec.
Mosstown (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 4th 3 out, no extra under pressure after next, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 16l behind Might Be Magic (9-13) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 8Evens30.
Island Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 13, 27l behind Prima Vista (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Dec.
Belord (GER) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 6th under pressure after 3 out, improved into 3rd approaching 2 out, 2nd at last, soon led, stayed on well, won at Limerick 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov beating Worldly Wise (11-12) by 4l, 18 ran.
Montan (FR) 5-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, headway approaching straight, went 6th 2 out, soon ridden and no impression from before last, 8th of 16, 8l behind Asigh Pearl (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Mr Clyde (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, some headway 3 out, moderate 7th after 2 out, kept on same pace, 8th of 17, 20l behind Osirixamix (10-12) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Tijuana Dancer (IRE) 5-1 (10-3) Towards rear, 7th 3 out, went 2nd approaching last, kept on same pace but no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Prima Vista (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Dec.
Mubrook (USA) 7-1 (11-1) Mid-division, 11th before 2 out, 6th before last, stayed on, 4th of 25, 9l behind Dolphin Bay (11-2) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Nov.
Mutadarek 8-1 (9-9) Mid-division on outer, 6th 3 out, 5th at next, soon no extra under pressure, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 10l behind Prima Vista (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Dec.