Rightville Boy had been in fine form before a poor run at Gowran where a couple of errors put paid to his chances. Suffren was having his first start for almost three years when showing up nicely over a trip too short at Navan last month. He should be in the firing-line and though Sacre Malta has been a bit inconsistent he ran a cracking race here in December and is just 1lb higher. Special Token ran well at Cork last time but has a very poor strike-rate while Theoystercatcher has yet to win a race but has come close on several occasions, including at Downpatrick last time where she stayed on strongly over a slightly shorter trip than this. COUNT SALAZAR has been very consistent over fences and was having his first start since October when running well over this course and distance last month. He's on a 26lb lower mark over hurdles and won't mind the conditions so looks the one to be on.
Count Salazar (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, 12th approaching straight, moderate 5th and kept on same pace from 2 out, 5th of 17, 16l behind Sir Harry Cash (11-1) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Mar.
Joseph Lister 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden and no extra before straight, 11th of 17, 40l behind Concordin (10-8) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Mar.
Rightville Boy (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Prominent and disputed lead, mistake 5th and led next, joined 4 out, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra after 2 out, 8th of 15, 29l behind Sort It Out (10-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Ghareer (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, ridden and weakened 6 out, completely tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Pumbaa (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec.
Suffren (USA) 16-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden in 7th 3 out, no impression before next, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 14l behind Glen Beg (10-4) at Navan 2m hcp hdl sft in Mar.
Sacre Malta (FR) 7-1 (11-1) Towards rear, mistake 6th, progress from 3 out, ridden in 10th 2 out, no impression, 10th of 19, 13l behind Green Energy (10-10) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Mar.
Asymmetrical (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Caduceus (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 gs in Apr '12, 20 ran.
Special Token (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 4th approaching straight, no impression from after 2 out, 3rd and kept on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 21, 5l behind Maguire's Glen (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Mar.
Explosive Issues (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Raced mainly in 5th, a bit slow 2nd, 7th approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 23l behind Castlerock Rose (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Dec '12.
Theoystercatcher (IRE) 6-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden along from 4 out, kept on and closer last, stayed on to 3rd closing stages, kept on close home, 3rd of 13, 1/2l behind Back Off Mate (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Mar.
Shanaghy Sunrise (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Mid-division, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 38l behind Go Paddy Go (11-3) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Dosco's Dream (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, brought down 14th, in a race won by Love Rory (11-11) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb, 16 ran.