Faltering Fullback hails from a yard that has taken this for the past two years and he's significantly better than his recent form figures suggest so be prepared for a big run. LINNEL was heavily supported to gain his first success over fences in the Grand Sefton at Aintree but was just touched off in that controversial race won by Stewarts House. He's been raised 6lb but looks destined for better things and can gain deserved compensation. Hans Crescent looks a very tough opponent as this rapidly-improving chaser has been very impressive in his last two races though he's now 19lb higher than for the first of them. Silent Creek ran a superb race in this last year and looks to have been saved for another attempt by CHristy Roche while the improving Seabass is another making excellent progress and he just about holds Like Your Style on Punchestown running despite an 8lb rise.
In Compliance (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Behind, hampered 2nd and 6th (becher's brook), blundered 15th (chair), headway into mid-division 17th, weakened from 4 out, 13th of 40, well behind Ballabriggs (11-0) at Aintree 4m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
River Liane (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Prominent, close 3rd 4 out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, soon weakened quickly, last of 8, 14l behind Mikael D'Haguenet (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft.
Telenor 16-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, close up in 8th halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 9th of 16, well behind Smoking Aces (10-7) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft.
Out Now (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, close 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, no impression on leaders after 2 out, 4th of 12, 20l behind Lastoftheleaders (10-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs sft.
Start Me Up (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th halfway, 6th 10th, improved to close 3rd 2 out, ridden before last, stayed on well run-in to lead close home, all out, won at Navan 3m beg chase beating Berties Dream (11-12) by hd, 15 ran.
Faltering Fullback 16-1 (10-9) In touch in mid-division, lost place approaching 9th, soon behind, pulled up after, in a race won by Dorset Square (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov, 19 ran.
Gentle Alice (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Always in rear, no impression from 4 out, slight mistake 2 out, 8th of 12, 45l behind Lastoftheleaders (10-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs sft.
Like Your Style (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Held up towards rear, 7th halfway, went 4th and closed before 3 out, 2nd after 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Seabass (10-11) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs.
Jewel Of The West (IRE) 10-1 (10-6) Close up, soon led, headed approaching 7th, remained prominent, 4th approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, 6th of 15, 28l behind Powerstation (10-9) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs gd in May '10.
Seabass (IRE) 7-4fav (10-11) Tracked leader, mistake 1st, headway to lead approaching 4 out, kept on well in straight, pushed out to maintain advantage run-in, won at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs beating Like Your Style (11-3) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Silent Creek (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, improved to lead after 2 out, soon ridden clear, bad mistake last, reduced advantage but kept on well run-in, won at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Mar beating Accordion To Paddy (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 20 ran.
Hans Crescent (FR) 4-1fav (9-9) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd approaching 4 out, headway to lead before 2 out, kept on well to draw clear run-in, won at Cork 2m hcp chs 0-140 hvy in Nov beating Rubert (10-10) by 9l, 9 ran.
Tullintain (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, no threat from early straight, weakened 2 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Mount Benbulben (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Nov.
Linnel (IRE) 7-2fav (10-0) Mid-division, not fluent 6th, headway 8th, mistake next, jumped right 13th (valentines), went 2nd approaching 2 out, led when mistake last, headed approaching elbow, soon not much room and switched right, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 14, nk behind Stewarts House (11-8) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) hvy.
Droim Toll (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Settled in rear of mid-division, chasing leaders but still in touch when fell 3 out, in a race won by Smoking Aces (10-7) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft, 16 ran.
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 10th 3 out, under pressure in 8th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 17, 13l behind Powerstation (11-2) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl.