Cheltenham's Albert Bartlett runner-up BOSTON BOB started long odds-on for his chasing bow over a trip less than ideal at Naas in December but made very hard work of beating You Must Know Me, who has since been well beaten. Willie Mullins' charge is at the head of the market for the RSA Chase at the Festival and must prove his credentials here, which he is expected to do. He was conceding Lyreen Legend 10lb when beating him over hurdles here a year ago though the latter has done really well over fences despite falling at the third last when in touch here at Christmas. Texas Jack eventually finished third in that event before beating Lord Windermere narrowly over this track and trip and both are entitled to improve but Klepht and Star Neuville have a bit to find.
Boston Bob (IRE) 1-5fav (11-12) Waited with, moderate 2nd from before 4 out (normal 5 out), niggled along to close from before 2 out, gained narrow lead from before last, stayed on well under pressure run-in to hold off renewed effort of runner-up near finish, won at Navan 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Dec beating You Must Know Me (11-12) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Klepht (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Towards rear, headway after 3 out, 9th next, soon ridden, 4th until left 3rd at last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 18, 2 3/4l behind Farrells Fancy (9-6) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Lord Windermere (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Raced mostly 3rd, ridden in 4th entering straight, went 3rd at last, stayed on well run-in to go 2nd near line, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Texas Jack (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Lyreen Legend (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 6th halfway, still well in touch when fell 3 out, in a race won by Back In Focus (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Star Neuville (FR) 12-1 (11-7) Prominent, led and disputed before 5th, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed before last, kept on under pressure, lost 2nd closing stages, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Lord Windermere (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 3f beg chs sft in Dec.
Texas Jack (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Raced mostly 4th, close 3rd at last, ridden to lead early run-in, stayed on well under pressure close home, won at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan beating Lord Windermere (11-5) by 1/2l, 6 ran.