Slew Charm was fortunate to win at Downpatrick as Hold Em Cowboy would have won easily but for tipping up. But the latter has gained compensation so the form should stand up. TREAT YOURSELF was having just his fourth start over fences when narrowly beaten by the in-form Luke's Benefit at Naas and Arthur Moore's dual hurdles winner can go one better. Character Actor wasn't far behind in that latter race and should get involved but Golden Ticket had every chance and looks held. Barney's Honour is 21lb higher than his last winning mark over fences while The Way We Were looks held on a line through Luke's Benefit. Heavenly Way probably ran his best race over fences at Naas last week though it wasn't much of a contest.
Barneys Honour (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Soon mid-division, improved to track leaders before 7th, dropped to moderate 4th 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 25l behind She's Got Grit (9-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 sft.
Back To Balloo (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) In rear, 7th halfway, 6th 3 out, pushed along entering straight and no impression when fell last, remounted to finish completely tailed off, last of 8, well behind Djakadam (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 3f beg chs in Dec.
Character Actor (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, closer in 5th 3 out, ridden in close 5th next, close enough 5th at last, no extra run-in, 4th of 9, 3l behind Luke's Benefit (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-130 sft.
The Way We Were (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, ridden 3 out, moderate 7th next, moderate 4th at last, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 12l behind Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Treat Yourself (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, close 4th and ridden on outer next, disputing 2nd at last, kept on in 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Luke's Benefit (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-130 sft.
Golden Ticket (AUS) 10-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, ridden 3 out, 7th next, no extra, 6th of 9, 6l behind Luke's Benefit (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-130 sft.
Heavenly Brook (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, moderate 6th approaching 3rd, closer order before straight, challenged and on terms 2 out, 2nd before last, kept on one pace run-in, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Reality Dose (10-6) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-109 sft.
Slew Charm (FR) 18-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, progress into 5th and ridden briefly 4 out, led next, soon strongly pressed, left clear 2 out, ridden and kept on run-in, reduced advantage closing stages, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp chs 0-109 gd in Dec beating Tipped Up Harry (11-9) by 6l, 9 ran.
Hans Crescent (FR) 11-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 4 out, soon ridden along, 5th 3 out, no impression when got slight bump 2 out, no extra, 5th of 11, 27l behind Playing (10-13) at Cork 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy.