Pineu De Re had shown very little over fences before scoring at Thurles but isn't very big and carrying a big weight in a handicap looks against him. Wilde Wit Pleasure was making his handicap debut over fences when scoring at Cork and an 8lb rise shouldn't prevent another big effort but this looks a very good opportunity for HIGH DESERT to complete a hat-trick. Arthur Moore's charge won a novice hurdle in November and reverted to fences in very good style to slam his rivals at Tramore on New Year's Day. A mark of 116 looks very manageable and he should prove too strong for these. Winning point-to-pointer Edmundo hasn't had much experience over regulation fences but ran very well behind Best Of Bocelli at Thurles in November and is at the right end of the handicap.
Pineau De Re (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, mistake 9th and not fluent next, went 2nd 2 out and headway to lead approaching bypassed last fence, pressed run-in and driven out to hold on, won at Thurles 2m 2f beg chase beating Stony Grey Soil (11-12) by hd, 8 ran.
Uncle Tom Cobley (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden in 7th 2 out, no extra, 7th of 13, 21l behind Beneficial Spirit (10-3) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-130.
Penny's Bill (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, 9th halfway, no extra from before 2 out, 12th of 23, 37l behind Shariyan (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Please Talk (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, off the pace, lost place 3rd, soon no danger, 8th of 10, well behind Beeverstown (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Wilde Wit Pleasure (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Soon chased leaders in 6th, good progress from before 2 out, soon challenged and led last, stayed on well run-in, won at Cork 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy beating Jack Bene (10-8) by 2l, 13 ran.
Colls Corner (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Led, headed 4th, led again 4 out until joined next, weakened before straight, 11th of 13, 50l behind Beneficial Spirit (10-3) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-130.
Galloping Gander (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, 5th approaching halfway, 7th 3 out, soon no extra, 9th of 16, 20l behind Jacksonslady (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Dec.
Character Actor (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Held up, headway & effort approaching 3 out, soon one pace, last of 4, 16l behind Rody (11-1) at Wincanton 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Competitive Edge (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Rear of mid-division, ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace straight, 6th of 13, 20l behind Beneficial Spirit (10-3) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-130.
High Desert (GER) 11-10fav (11-12) Prominent in chasing group, travelled and jumped well, led 2 out, soon clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Tramore 2m beg chase hvy beating William Wordsworth (11-12) by 21l, 9 ran.
Any Bets (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Always rear, pushed along 4 out and soon no extra, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Quartetto (GER) 9-2 (10-1) Mid-division, progress entering straight, ridden in 6th 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 9l behind Beneficial Spirit (10-3) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-130.
Hidden Present (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Prominent and disputed lead, ridden and headed soon after 2 out, no extra run-in and dropped to 4th, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Edmundo (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd from before 4 out, left chasing winner from next, soon no impression, closed but never going to get there closing stages, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Best Of Bocelli (11-3) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-109 in Nov.
Ard Agus Fada (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Mid-division, 9th halfway, no extra from 3 out, 8th of 15, 47l behind Fever Pitch (11-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 in Dec.