OSCAR TIME won the Paddy Power over fences on this day a year ago and the Irish National runner-up is no slouch over hurdles as he showed with a cracking run behind Rick at Thurles last month. Sam Waley-Cohen, who was on board last time, has been booked again by Martin Lynch and his 5lb claim may just swing things in his mount's favour. Bale O'Shea is amongst a host of dangers in a very competitive heat as he could hardly have won more easily in beating Baron De Feypo at Navan. The Shepherd is in excellent form and a 7lb rise for beating Baily View at Clonmel looks fair though Gordon Elliott has another chance to take this with the lightly-weighted Cayo Levantado, a strong staying type who made a fine comeback at Navan last month.
Footy Facts (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Led early, prominent, weakened 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind The Shepherd (10-0) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 0-140 in Nov.
Baily View (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, closed into straight, 3rd before 2 out where mistake, soon led, strongly pressed before last, headed and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 10, 1l behind The Shepherd (10-0) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 0-140 in Nov.
Oscar Time (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, keen hold, closed into 2nd 3 out, ridden to challenge approaching last, soon every chance, kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Rick (11-6) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl sft in Nov.
Prince Rudi (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Mid-division, 5th 4 out, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 9, 6l behind Ainama (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Nov.
Hold The Pin (IRE) 9-1 (9-11) Towrds rear, never a factor, no threat from 3 out, 12th of 17, 46l behind Jack The Bus (9-12) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 in Nov.
Kerb Appeal (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Mid-division, 9th halfway, 10th 3 out, some progress into moderate 6th approaching next, no extra before last, 9th of 17, 34l behind Hold The Pin (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 hvy in Apr.
The Shepherd (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Held up, progress straight, 2nd before last, led and stayed on best run-in, won at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 0-140 in Nov beating Baily View (10-6) by 1l, 10 ran.
Baron De'l (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Chased leaders in 3rd, reminders halfway, 4th under pressure 4 out, last 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 9l behind Luska Lad (11-10) at Punchestown 2m hdl Gr3 (1) gd in Oct.
Bale O'shea (IRE) 11-4fav (10-10) Mid-division early, 7th halfway, headway from 3 out, led before 2 out, ridden clear before last, easily, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft beating Baron De Feypo (10-11) by 11l, 12 ran.
Ballytrim (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Never a factor, mistake 2nd, mid-division best, 13th of 23, well behind Coolcashin (10-9) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 gd in Apr.
Square Sphere (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Held up in rear of mid-division, 8th 5 out, headway into 5th approaching straight, 3rd before 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Orpheus Valley (11-12) at Cork 2m 5f beg chs hvy in Nov '09.
Baron De Feypo (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway in 8th after 4 out, ridden into 6th 2 out, no impression leader in 2nd approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 11l behind Bale O'shea (10-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Empire Theatre (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Mid-division, weakened after halfway, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Quito De La Roque (11-5) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl hvy in Apr, 25 ran.
Hoopy (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Raced wide, towards rear, headway 11th, mistake 12th, soon lost place, tailed off 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Grand Slam Hero (11-11) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Aug, 12 ran.
Brave Betsy (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, driven along in moderate 6th before 2 out, kept on under pressure without threatening leaders, 4th of 18, 15l behind Tilly Ann (9-12) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Nov.
Bruach Na Mara (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, progress into 8th halfway, 7th after 3 out, moderate 4th before last, kept on same pace, 5th of 25, 9l behind Dolphin Bay (11-2) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Nov.
Hotterthanjuly (IRE) 9-1 (10-1) Towards rear, struggling from 4 out, no impression approaching straight, 7th of 10, 36l behind The Shepherd (10-0) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 0-140 in Nov.
Politeo (FR) 20-1 (10-10) In touch until lost place and hit 6th, soon behind and tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Grands Crus (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Nov, 17 ran.
Shane Rock 8-1 (10-0) Soon led and disputed, headed from 2 out, no extra in 4th from last, 4th of 10, 11l behind The Shepherd (10-0) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 0-140 in Nov.
Duroob 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division best, no impression from 3 out, 13th of 20, 28l behind Kaiser So Say (11-0) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Oct.
Jim Bowie (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, ridden into 2nd 3 out, challenged before 2 out, no extra in 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace in 3rd from before last, 3rd of 12, 16l behind Bale O'shea (10-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Talab 20-1 (11-12) Close up, on terms 4 out, led next, headed 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 20, 4l behind Killeenmore (11-6) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Cayo Levantado (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway in 8th entering straight, improved in 5th 3 out, led 2 out, ridden and kept on well from before last, won at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov beating Killeenmore (11-2) by 3/4l, 21 ran.
Revelling (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway into 5th entering straight, soon ridden, moderate 2nd 2 out, disputed lead last, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov beating Sonus Beauty (11-2) by 1/2l, 22 ran.
Artiste Bay (FR) 7-2fav (10-6) Tracked leaders in moderate 5th, progress into 3rd halfway, took closer order before 5 out, ridden 3 out, no impression when mistake 2 out, no extra, 4th of 9, 16l behind Dream Honours (10-5) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 fm in Sep.