This isn't for the faint-hearted with last year's winner Cross Appeal arriving out of sorts and 8lb higher. Uncle Junior easily won a cross country chase at Cheltenham before unshipping Patrick Mullins on the same track a fortnight ago while Like Your Style was having his first start over this sort of trip when runner-up to Tofino Bay at Navan. A P McCoy rode him on that occasion and this time is on board the same owner's Colbert Station, who has only run four times over fences, but it's yet another J P McManus-owned entry who is handed the vote. Richie McLernon rode ALFIE SHERRIN to victory in a Grade 3 at the Cheltenham Festival and again when Jonjo O'Neill's charge finished third in the Irish National. A recent run will have put his mount straight and he's taken to land this for the raiders. Glam Gerry, Gates Of Rome and Nicky Henderson's Prince Of Pirates may do best of the remainder.
Rathlin 9-1 (11-6) Led, slight mistake 3rd, headed 4 out, slight mistake and ridden 3 out, soon no impression leader and disputed 2nd, 3rd 2 out, mistake last, lost 3rd run-in, 4th of 5, 27l behind Sizing Europe (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Nov.
Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Pressed leaders on inside until 11th, chased leading pair, mistake 15th, lost place next, behind when weakened and jumped slowly 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Master Overseer (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy, 8 ran.
Muirhead (IRE) 11-4 (11-6) Settled in rear, some headway into 5th approaching straight, ridden and no impression between final 2 flights, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 8l behind Mossley (11-0) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl in Oct.
Thegreatjohnbrowne (IRE) 3-1fav (11-10) Led and attempted to make all, headed briefly entering straight, rallied to narrowly lead again before last, headed and edged right under pressure run-in, no extra closing stages, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Bostons Angel (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) in Dec '10.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Waited with, closer in 5th approaching straight, ridden into moderate 3rd after 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Pires (10-0) at Cork 2m hcp chs sft in Oct.
Prince Of Pirates (IRE) 11-4fav (10-4) Held up towards rear, bumped 5th, hit 7th, jumped slowly 10th, headway approaching 4 out, outpaced 2 out, left 3rd last, no impression, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Bless The Wings (10-11) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Nov.
Tharawaat (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden from 3 out (usual 4 out), moderate 11th entering straight, kept on same pace, 6th of 20, 31l behind Tofino Bay (11-4) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 hvy in Nov.
Uncle Junior (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Held up behind, headway into mid-division when blundered and unseated rider 27th, in a race won by Outlaw Pete (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) hvy, 11 ran.
Alfie Sherrin 9-2 (11-1) Took keen hold, raced wide tracking leading trio, hit 4th, lost 3rd at 8th, pushed along before 3 out, soon not quicken, went 3rd flat, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Stars Du Granits (10-1) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Like Your Style (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway from 3 out, went moderate 3rd and slight mistake at last (usual 2 out), stayed on well run-in, went 3rd final furlong, strongly pressed winner to line, 2nd of 20, 1/2l behind Tofino Bay (11-4) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 hvy in Nov.
Ninetieth Minute (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 5 out, kept on one pace straight, 6th of 7, 16l behind Days Hotel (11-10) at Cork 2m chs Grd 2 (1) sft.
Son Amix (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, 6th and no impression before 2 out, soon no extra, 6th of 11, 19l behind Bishopsfurze (11-0) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl in Nov.
Cross Appeal (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, mistake 5 out, no extra and pulled up next, in a race won by Raz De Maree (11-3) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150 in Nov, 17 ran.
Last Time D'albain (FR) Evensfav (11-10) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 6th after 3 out, no impression in straight and kept on one pace, finished 5th and placed 4th, 4th of 10, 12l behind Liszt (11-6) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Questions Answered (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Towards rear, blundered 11th, staying on when hit 3 out, went modest 5th 2 out, 5th of 18, 24l behind Al Ferof (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Nov.
Colbert Station (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Mid-division, 10th 5 out, headway from next, went close 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace in 2nd from last, 2nd of 19, 10l behind Roi Du Mee (9-13) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy.
Glam Gerry (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure after 2 out, chased leaders last, ridden and kept on flat, no impression, 5th of 18, 5l behind Olofi (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Caduceus (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Always in rear, slow 6 out, lost touch from next, 6th of 7, well behind Glenquest (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs hvy.
Gates Of Rome (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, soon ridden, no impression from next, went moderate 4th at last, 4th of 8, 9l behind Apt Approach (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl sft.
Action Master 8-1 (11-7) In rear, no impression from 5 out, 6th of 12, 36l behind Murchu (9-11) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft.
Code Of The West (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th 5 out, improved in 2nd entering straight, led 2 out, ridden and kept on from before last, won at Clonmel 2m 3f hcp chs sft in Nov beating Hans Crescent (11-5) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Farrells Fancy (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Led, headed 6 out, remained prominent, ridden in rear and and no extra 3 out, last of 4, 32l behind Back In Focus (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 6f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Nov.
Orpheus Valley (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd after 3 out (usual 4 out), no impression from 2 out, 7th of 20, 39l behind Tofino Bay (11-4) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 hvy in Nov.
Glenquest (IRE) 5-2fav (10-13) Made virtually all, ridden and strongly pressed from before 2 out, clear last, kept on under pressure, all out, won at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs hvy beating De Dodger (10-9) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Romanesco (FR) 9-2fav (10-9) Mid-division, progress to track leaders 3 out (usual 4 out), no impression from next, 9th of 20, 42l behind Tofino Bay (11-4) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 hvy in Nov.
Harold's Cross (AUS) 11-1 (9-5) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 4th 4 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, joined leader last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Quietly Fancied (10-7) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl sft in Nov.
Kyle's Turn (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, closed up 3 out, led after next, strongly pressed and stayed on well run-in, all out, won at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gs in Nov beating Days Ahead (11-11) by nk, 13 ran.
By The Hour (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no extra in moderate 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 28l behind Bog Warrior (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Heavenly Brook (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Disputed early, chased leaders from 5th, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th entering straight, no extra 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 8l behind Lead Kindly Light (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs sft.
In Great Form (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Held up, 5th and ridden 3 out, moderate 4th 2 out, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Glenquest (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs hvy.