Winning bumper Champagne James had no answer to Double Irish on his hurdling bow here last month and though that form hasn't worked out he'll definitely improve. Dual bumper winner MISTER NIBBLES couldn't hold off Roll It Out at Down Royal but this longer trip should bring out the best in him and he looks the one to be on. Ibsen stepped up to 2m6f for the first time at Limerick and ran his best race to date over timber so he should be in the shake-up along with Wrath Of Titans, who has shown up well in strong maidens here and at Navan. Spa Hill hasn't quite got his act together so far over timber but Avidius Cassius, who cost £85,000 at the sales in 2012 after landing a point-to-point, is one to keep an eye on.
Above The Ground (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Led, joined from 3 out, soon headed and no extra, 14th of 15, well behind Rossvoss (11-12) at Galway 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Sep.
Ash Rowe (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 3 out, pushed along and detached before next, kept on one pace in straight to go moderate 4th run-in,, 4th of 6, 14l behind Clondaw Court (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Avidius Cassius (IRE) 5-2 (10-7) Ap; led cl home, won at Whitwick Manor 3m ptp gf in Feb '12 beating Minella Break (12-0) by hd, 8 ran.
Champagne James (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Chased leaders in 3rd, no impression under pressure in moderate 2nd approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 13l behind Double Irish (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Emperor Of Exmoor (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, moderate 4th 2 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 23l behind Double Irish (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Isle View (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, ridden and no impression before 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 11th of 18, well behind Man With Van (11-1) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Mister Nibbles (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, progress to lead after 3 out, ridden and challenged 2 out, soon headed, no extra in 2nd last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 20, 2 3/4l behind Roll It Out (11-4) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Monte Wildhorn (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, slight mistake 5th, closer in 5th before straight, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 45l behind Wounded Warrior (11-9) at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl sft.
Night Benefit (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Ww in tch, cl up bef 3out, eff 2out, not get to wnr, 3rd of 18, 3l behind The Shrimp (11-4) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp gs in Apr '12.
Rough Copy (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 7th 4f out, ridden and no impression approaching straight, detached and no extra 2f out, weakened, 7th of 8, 41l behind Silver Concorde (12-0) at Leopardstown 2m NH flat sft in Dec.
The Engineer (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, some slight mistakes, 8th approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 7th of 23, 28l behind Aklan (11-10) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft.
Crown Of Gold (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Killultagh Lady.
Drumacoo (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Chsd ldrs, chall 4out, went 2nd 3out & no ch with easy wnr bef 2out, so, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Master Of Verse (11-9) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp in Dec.
Ibsen (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Towards rear, good headway on inner to track leaders in 3rd before straight, 2nd before 2 out, soon every chance under pressure, not much room on rail and dropped to 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 17, 1 3/4l behind Horendus Hulabaloo (11-8) at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Karkasar (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, detached after 3 out,, 15th of 17, 43l behind Western Boy (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Spa Hill (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th 3 out, 5th 2 out, kept on same pace without threatening to go 3rd from last, 3rd of 20, 19l behind Gambling Girl (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Wrath Of Titans (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, closer 2 out and 2nd approaching straight, ridden and dropped to 6th before last, no extra run-in,, 7th of 17, 12l behind Western Boy (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.