Immediate Response began his winning run in handicaps over hurdles last season off a mark of 92 and ended up 40lb higher though he couldn't cope with that mark in a very tough Punchestown handicap. He makes his debut over fences at an advanced age but his pedigree suggests jumping them won't be a problem. He's likely to be at short odds, however, and faces a stiff task against STONY GREY SOIL and Gerdalia with preference just for the former. He's never been the most consistent of performers but produced his best run so far over fences when narrowly beaten by Pineau De Re at Thurles and a repeat may be good enough. Gerdalia has the mare's allowance and has enough experience to make her presence felt but winning hurdler Masked Phantom ran poorly on his chasing bow at Navan.
Barnanely Beau (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Raced last of the 4, ridden into 3rd approaching straight, soon no impression, no extra and dropped to rear again from final fence, last of 4, well behind Mazuri Cowboy (11-7) at Limerick 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Immediate Response (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 7th approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 8th of 18, 25l behind Drive Time (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Masked Phantom (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Always towards rear (poor visibility), 8th of 10, well behind Alderwood (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chase hvy.
Master Oisin (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, dropped to rear before halfway and soon ridden along, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dante Anna (10-12) at Gowran Park 3m mdn hdl sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Stony Grey Soil (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Settled towards rear, badly hampered 7th, headway into 4th after 5 out and ridden approaching straight, went 2nd bypassing last and kept on under pressure, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, hd behind Pineau De Re (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chase.
Viaduct Joey (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Soon well off pace towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 10, well behind Beeverstown (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Gerdalia (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Waited with, closed into 2nd 2 out, ridden straight, no impression approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 21l behind Oscars Business (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy in Dec.