This has been won by Flemenstar and Marito in the past two years and the latter's handler, Willie Mullins, looks to have another potential star on his hands in MOZOLTOV. A Grade 2 novice hurdle winner over Don Cossack and today's rival Ned Buntline at Punchestown in February, he reappeared with an emphatic debut success over fences at Fairyhouse where he had Mallowney well beaten in second. There's much more to come from the winner and runner-up who can dominate this. Ned Buntline has had his attention turned to chasing and he's done well, though he'll need to step up a gear as will Golanbrook who was handed a beginners' event on a plate at Clonmel a month ago.
Golanbrook (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Raced mainly in 2nd, led 3 out, ridden before 2 out where left distance clear, stayed on well,, won at Clonmel 2m 3f beg chs gd in Dec beating He Rock's (10-9) by well, 6 ran.
Mozoltov 1-2fav (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, led before straight, clear from before last, stayed on well, easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m beg chs in Dec beating Mallowney (11-12) by 8l, 8 ran.
Ned Buntline 11-8fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, close 4th 4 out, improved to lead travelling well 2 out, clear before last, ridden run-in, kept on well under pressure, won at Navan 2m 1f beg chs sft in Dec beating Irish Thistle (11-12) by 2l, 11 ran.
Louisville Lip (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, fell 4th,, in a race won by Page Turner (11-5) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Dec, 13 ran.
Mallowney (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, closer order in 3rd approaching 4 out, 2nd and no impression last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Mozoltov (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m beg chs in Dec.
Our Ollie (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Raced in 3rd throughout, detached before halfway, remote 3rd 3 out,, last of 3, well behind Un De Sceaux (11-9) at Thurles 2m hdl sft in Dec.
Pairofbrowneyes (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up, headway into 7th halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, 8th of 12, 30l behind Bright New Dawn (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Dec.