UPAZO, twice a winner of minor bumper events in France, couldn't handle Umpact on his debut for new connections at Gowran but looked certain to be suited by a longer trip which he will get here. He has a superb jumping pedigree and will do better in time but this should get him off the mark. Drumgooland is improving at a rate of knots and won a Downpatrick bumper in September by no less than 17l. He shouldn't have any problems jumping hurdles and rates a threat along with Jennies Jewel despite the latter running poorly when strongly fancied at Limerick on St Stephens Day. Punchestown bumper winner Maccas Lad has shown some promise and looks best of the remainder.
Clar Na Mionn (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 12th halfway, ridden and no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 24, 29l behind Starkie (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Crowded Room (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Mid-division, progress into moderate 6th after 3 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 17l behind King Of Firth (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Druim Shamhraidh (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Case Study (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan '10, 12 ran.
Drumgooland (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Chased leader in 2nd, closer halfway and led 5f out, asserted approaching straight, stayed on strongly from over 1f out, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat sft in Sep beating Shes Tensixtysix (11-7) by 17l, 11 ran.
Illicit Encounter (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Soon chased leaders, closed 3 out, soon no impression under pressure, 8th of 10, 40l behind Wingtips (11-9) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Limerick Lane (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, pushed along approaching 3 out, no threat in straight, 7th of 10, 24l behind Clashnabrook (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Nov.
Maccas Lad (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on inner mainly 4th, no extra after 3 out, 6th of 10, 15l behind Torn Asunder (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Ok Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 6th 4 out, no impression from next, 12th of 16, well behind Moscow Mannon (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Potts Bridge (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Soon towards rear, no extra from 4 out, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Indelible Run (10-6) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Town Pond (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no extra in moderate 6th entering straight, 6th of 14, well behind Captain Canada (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Born In Fire (FR) 25-1 (11-7) 3rd early, 5th halfway, weakened from before 2 out, 8th of 14, 50l behind Ned Buntline (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Upazo (FR) 5-4fav (11-7) Prominent and led after 2nd, joined 4 out and headed by winner 2 out, no impression approaching last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Umpact (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
En Suite (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway into 6th after 3 out, ridden and no extra before 2 out, weakened and tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Sizing Gold (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Game For Run (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Ww twrds rr, slow 5th, dropped to rr 6th, det 7th, cto until pu 4out, in a race won by Saint Breiz (12-0) at Borris House 3m ire ptp gf in Apr, 6 ran.
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Led and disputed for much, ridden in 2nd before straight, soon no extra, 5th of 8, well behind Futuramic (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Mags World (IRE) Carroll House mare out of She's A Topper.
Status Update (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 4th 4 out, ridden and no extra before straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 17, 17l behind Carries Darling (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Nov.