CHAMPAGNE JAMES was only beaten half-a-length by Mister Nibbles over a slightly longer trip at Leopardstown two weeks ago when Spa Hill was a staying-on fifth. John Nicholson's charge could get closer today with Davy Russell taking over the reins from an amateur but we still expect Ted Walsh's six-year-old to come out on top and make it third-time lucky over hurdles. Vic Dancer appears to be improving with experience and the extra yardage might help but Toubaloo hasn't been seen since finishing third on his racecourse debut here a little under 12 months ago. Last month's course and distance third Cappacurry Zak may be best of the rest.
Boom Hall (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no extra approaching 3 out, weakened, 12th of 13, well behind Chancol (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy.
Champagne James (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) Mid-division, 8th halfway, progress into 5th before 2 out, ridden to challenge last, kept on run-in, not match winner, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Mister Nibbles (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Cloch Fada 25-1 (11-4) Led and disputed clear of field, 2nd halfway, reduced advantage before 4 out, dropped to rear after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Rasco (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Dec, 6 ran.
Colourful Hawk (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Always trailing, pushed along and well behind before halfway, completely tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind King Shabra (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Oct.
Dan's Rolls (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Always in rear, ran freely early, detached after 2nd, slight mistake 4th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Urano (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Jan, 18 ran.
Fredsmemory (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Raced in 5th, 3rd halfway, ridden and dropped towards rear entering straight, no extra, 6th of 7, 29l behind The Mighty Milan (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat in Apr.
Lilshane (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Always rear, ridden and no extra after 4 out, 14th of 18, well behind Synchronicity (11-2) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Nandos Well (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Alw pr, rdn on terms 3out, chall 2out, row, won at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gd in Oct '12 beating Potters Cross (12-0) by 7l, 12 ran.
Phil The Flyer (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Settled towards rear, headway after halfway and 2nd over 3f out, ridden and no impression on winner under 2f out, kept on one pace,, 2nd of 11, 13l behind Flaming Dawn (11-9) at Tramore 2m ldy N H flat sft in Dec.
Questionnoanswer (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ontheground (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct '12, 16 ran.
Royalor (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Led early, headed before 2nd and remained prominent, ridden and dropped to 6th 3 out, no extra early straight, slightly hampered and left moderate 4th at last, 4th of 18, 31l behind The Pounds (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Toubaloo (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway from 4 out, 5th 3 out, ridden in 3rd next, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 17, 4 1/2l behind Upsie (11-4) at Naas 2m mdn hdl in Feb '13.
Cappacurry Zak (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, took keen hold early, moderate 3rd from 5th, moderate 2nd and no impression from before 2 out, dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 13, 17l behind Kick On Boss (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Spa Hill (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd before 2 out, ridden entering straight, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 5th of 17, 9l behind Mister Nibbles (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
The Informer (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, no extra from before straight, completely tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Wounded Warrior (11-9) at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Themanwithatan (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Mid-division best, 8th over 6f out, no extra straight, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Milsean (11-12) at Navan 2m N H flat sft in Jan.
Magical Mother (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Led, not fluent 3rd, soon joined, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Toye Native (11-5) at Limerick 2m 3f mares mdn hdl hvy in Jan '13, 14 ran.
Massini Girl (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Soon towards rear, never a factor, 19th of 23, well behind Aklan (11-10) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Vic Dancer (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Led and disputed, slight mistake 3rd, ridden and headed 2 out, no extra in 3rd entering straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 19, 9l behind Back Before Dawn (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Posh Frock (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, 10th halfway, no extra after 4 out, 11th of 18, 49l behind Synchronicity (11-2) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.