Dat's The Plan hasn't been seen since a very impressive debut victory at Newton Abbot almost two years ago. MARINERO won a point-to-point on his debut and gained his first bumper victory in very easy fashion at Fairyhouse last week. He has great potential and can go in again though Macbride will come in for support again. Aidan O'Brien's charge made a very encouraging debut behind the useful Lieutenant Colonel at Punchestown but didn't appear to enjoy the softer ground at Leopardstown's Christmas fixture. Mm Dazzler has some smart form though was well beaten at Punchestown but Mr Boss Man had won there in November before a poor run in better company at Gowran.
Dat's The Plan (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ran green, smooth headway on outside over 3f out, switched to wide outside and shaken up to lead entering final 2f, clear when green and edged left, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Jul '12 beating Truq Chouet (11-2) by 6l, 12 ran.
Marinero (IRE) 4-6fav (12-0) Held up towards rear, progress from before straight, 5th 2f out, soon switched right to rail, led over 1f out, eased on to assert inside final furlong, not extended, won at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat gd beating Xpectations (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Mm Dazzler (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Held up, closer in 7th 6f out, no impression approaching straight, 7th of 11, 30l behind High Stratos (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat.
Mr Boss Man (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, ridden in 6th 3f out, no impression entering straight, 7th of 8, 37l behind Black Hercules (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat in Jan.
Macbride (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, ran freely, pushed along and some progress approaching straight, 8th 1f out, no impression and kept on one pace,, 7th of 16, 12l behind Noble Endeavor (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec.
Shouband (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Towards rear, closer in 10th on outer from before straight, ridden to go moderate 4th 2f out, no impression in 3rd and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 17, 8l behind Oneforlill (11-2) at Cork 2m N H flat.
Our Alana (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear and took keen hold, improved into 8th before straight, no impression under pressure in 5th and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 5th of 18, 16l behind Badgerfort (12-0) at Cork 2m 3f N H flat in Apr.
What Ever Will Bee (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 5f out, weakened and tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Fletchers Flyer (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 2f N H flat in Apr.