Winning point-to-pointer CHUTE HALL steps up to this trip for the first time over hurdles and looks certain to be suited after staying on behind Cheltenham hope Faugheen at Punchestown. With trip and ground in his favour he can see off the challenge of Shield, another who will be suited by the longer trip after failing to find the necessary pace over two miles here last month. Ttebbob showed much improved form to chase home Noble Endeavor over 2m4f at Punchestown while Oscar Fiain chased home Thunder And Roses at Thurles before disappointing in a handicap.
Barna Brook (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Always rear, completely tailed off, 20th of 22, well behind Daneking (11-11) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Chute Hall (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Led until headed 4th, remained prominent and disputed briefly 7th, pushed along in 3rd after 2 out and soon no impression on winner, kept on one pace to go 2nd run-in, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Faugheen (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl in Nov.
Grand Partner (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, moderate 5th halfway, closer halfway, progress into 4th 3f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 10l behind No More Heroes (11-8) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Feb.
Oscar Fiain (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Prominent, close 2nd 3 out, soon ridden, weakened after 2 out, 8th of 12, 17l behind Valmy Baie (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 in Feb.
Quickasyoucan (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd 3 out, no impression in 3rd next, 4th from last, 4th of 13, 15l behind Say It Again (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
The Grey Guy (IRE) 22-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, no impression approaching 3 out, remote 7th and kept on same pace approaching straight, 6th of 9, 26l behind Fethard Player (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Allied Victory (IRE) 18-1 (10-11) Prominent, not fluent 6 out, ridden along in 5th 4 out, soon no extra, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Smashing (11-7) at Limerick 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Express Du Berlais (FR) 4-1 (11-1) Soon tracked leaders, moderate 4th and no impression from before 2 out, badly hampered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Flaming Dawn (11-12) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Shield (IRE) 9-10fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, mainly 4th, challenged 2 out, soon on terms, led before last, narrowly headed run-in, kept on without matching winner closing stages, 2nd of 17, 1 1/2l behind Katie T (11-4) at Naas 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Tides Out (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression before 4 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Noble Endeavor (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb, 15 ran.
Ttebbob (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, progress in 6th 2 out, ridden into 3rd before last and drifted slightly right, switched out and challenged last, 2nd and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Noble Endeavor (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Waltz Legend (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Mid div, so for 3rd, nev a dngr to front pair, 3rd of 14, 16l behind Kerrib Castle (11-6) at Tyrella 3m ire ptp sft in Feb.