Willie Mullins and Noel Meade had seven of the original nine entries between them, the champion trainer with five. He relies on DJAKADAM and though the five-year-old has something to find he has enormous potential and his allowance can see him through. He jumped and stayed well on his chasing debut over slightly shorter here last month when beating Si C'Etait Vrai and has the scope to go all the way to the top. Mullaghanoe River also beat that runner-up about the same distance at Punchestown but he was already experienced over fences. He's the pick of Paul Carberry who was on board Road To Riches when he pulled up in the Grade 1 Racing Post here last time after making a bad mistake at the fifth. Bright New Dawn was very smart over hurdles and made a winning debut over fences at Punchestown before finding 3m too far in the Grade 1 Topaz here.
Bright New Dawn (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Led, disputed from 8 out, ridden and no extra approaching last, kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 17l behind Carlingford Lough (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) in Dec.
Mullaghanoe River (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Mistake 1st, mid-division, hampered 2nd, progress into 3rd halfway, 2nd at 8th, mistake 2 out, soon ridden and closed entering straight, travelled well to lead before last, ridden run-in, pressed closing stages, won at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chase beating Si C'etait Vrai (11-12) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Road To Riches (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders in 5th, mistake 5th, trailing 4 out and pulled up before next,, in a race won by Defy Logic (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Djakadam (FR) 11-8fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, progress to dispute 2 out, led last, ridden and kept on run-in, won at Leopardstown 2m 3f beg chs in Dec beating Si C'etait Vrai (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.