Tony Martin took advantage of Gallant Oscar's lenient hurdles mark to beat a huge field at Navan in January but he's a massive 26lb higher over fences. Castle Wings was gaining his first victory over fences at the 13th attempt when taking advantage of Blood Cotil's fall at Cork and though he was fortunate he's not badly treated. SAOIRSE DUN was in excellent form at this time a year ago and though a long way behind today's rival Folsom Blue at Punchestown last month he will have needed the run after a long absence. He can bounce back and take this though Los Amigos is in cracking form and won't go down without a fight after his excellent second in the Thyestes Chase.
Raz De Maree (FR) 25-1 (11-2) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th 3 out, 5th and bad mistake 2 out, soon no extra and weakened, 12th of 18, 40l behind Folsom Blue (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade C) (5yo+) hvy in Feb.
Up The Beat 16-1 (9-10) Prominent, slight mistake 1st and chased leaders, slight mistake 6th, mistake 7th, 3rd halfway, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, last of 16, well behind Jetson (10-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl hvy in Feb.
Folsom Blue (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Soon chased clear leader, slow jump 5 out and dropped to last, poor 2nd from 3 out, joined for remote 2nd at last, kept on run-in to take that position near line, 2nd of 3, 35l behind Mozoltov (11-5) at Naas 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) in Feb.
Los Amigos (IRE) 5-1fav (10-4) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, closer in 3rd entering straight, ridden 3 out, under pressure in 4th 2 out, 3rd last, kept on to 2nd run-in, no impression winner, 2nd of 18, 6l behind On His Own (11-6) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs in Jan.
Panther Claw (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Prominent early, soon chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no extra before straight, 7th of 18, 28l behind On His Own (11-6) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs in Jan.
Saoirse Dun (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, some headway into 10th after 4 out, ridden in 8th and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 15l behind Folsom Blue (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade C) (5yo+) hvy in Feb.
Allee Garde (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Chased leader, mistake 7th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Shot From The Hip (10-13) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs gd in Aug, 15 ran.
Snooze (FR) (10-7) in a race won by Tito Dela Barriere (9-10) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 7f hcp chs sft in Oct, 17 ran.
Carrig Millie (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 15th of 18, well behind Folsom Blue (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade C) (5yo+) hvy in Feb.
Castle Wings (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, a little slow 4 out, brought towards near side in straight, challenged 3 out and jumped a little right last 3, struggling to match leader when left clear 2 out, steadied into last, stayed on well run-in, won at Cork 2m 4f beg chase hvy in Jan beating West Council (11-7) by 24l, 7 ran.
Gallant Oscar (IRE) 7-4fav (10-10) Held up, 14th approaching straight, progress to challenge from 2 out, led last, stayed on well under pressure run-in, all out to hold on at the finish, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Jan beating Drive On Locky (9-10) by hd, 24 ran.
Sword Fish (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, a little slow at 4th, reminders after 8th, dropped to 9th at 10th, ridden along from 6 out, no impression from next, weakened from before straight, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind See Double You (10-1) at Naas 3m hcp chs 0-123 in Feb.
Vino Vino Cavo (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden from 3 out, dropped to 4th 2 out, soon weakened, last of 7, 35l behind Grand Jesture (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase sft in Jan.
Unoccupied 9-1 (11-3) Soon chased leaders, 6th at 10th, lost place and no impression from before straight, 7th of 11, 43l behind See Double You (10-1) at Naas 3m hcp chs 0-123 in Feb.