Prince Erik has made a good start over fences but ideally requires a much stiffer test of stamina than he's likely to get here and only led at the last over 2m4f at Sligo for his first chasing success at Sligo. CADSPEED was a useful if luckless performer over timber and made a promising start over fences behind Torpichen. Normal progress will see him difficult to beat though Uncle Tom Cobley has done well on his two starts over fences and won't go down without a fight. Dundrum, a faller in Torpichen's race at Clonmel, was a progressive hurdler in 2009 and looks the type to do well over the bigger obstacles.
Prince Erik 10-11fav (11-12) Mid-division, progress into moderate 4th halfway, slight mistake and reminders 5 out, driven along and progress after next, 2nd after 2 out, led last, stayed on well, won at Sligo 2m 4f beg chs in Sep beating Mulberry Boy (11-7) by 2l, 13 ran.
Cadspeed (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Attempted to make all, slight mistake and headed 2 out, kept on well without reaching winner run-in, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Torphichen (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 1f beg chs in Dec.
Comaun Buck (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) In touch towards rear early, closer in 4th 5 out, travelling well and progress to challenge between last 2, soon every chance in 2nd, no extra in 3rd and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind AHorseCalledMolly (11-12) at Fairyhouse 3m beg chs gf in Oct.
Dundrum (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th 7 out, fell next, in a race won by Torphichen (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 1f beg chs in Dec, 15 ran.
Puddencullinan (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Led, strongly pressed and headed by-passing 3 out, 4th next, soon no extra, weakened, 7th of 11, 29l behind Lastoftheleaders (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chs in Nov.
Uncle Tom Cobley (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on outer, mistake 4th, 4th halfway, went 2nd and challenged before 2 out, no impression under pressure in 3rd at last, kept on one pace run-in to regain 2nd, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Lastoftheleaders (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chs in Nov.
Groody Hill (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear, no impression and kept on without threatening from 3 out, 6th of 12, 12l behind Kakagh (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chs sft in Oct.