Paddy Pub won this a year ago from just 3lb lower and looks to have been primed for a repeat but he was a long way behind JOLILY at Thurles last month and the winner looks set to complete a double. He had earlier been beaten 10 lengths by Tarquinius at Leopardstown though that was over a much shorter trip and he can reverse the places with the winner. Rich Revival hasn't had much experience for a race of this nature but his two recent victories have been gained over distances short of his best and he has to be of interest. Panther Claw wasn't far behind Rich Revival at Fairyhouse and has progressed enough to make his presence felt along with Fever Pitch, who was in touch and going nicely when unseating his rider at Leopardstown.
Rare Bob (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, 4th and kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 4th of 6, 6l behind Roi Du Mee (11-8) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Feb.
Oscar Time (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Waited with 5th of the 6, jumped a bit left and no extra from 2 out, last of 6, 30l behind Roi Du Mee (11-8) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Feb.
Thegreatjohnbrowne (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Always behind, 16th of 18, well behind Farrells Fancy (9-6) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Sole Witness (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, some headway into 4th approaching straight, no extra from 2 out, 4th of 18, 14l behind Jadanli (10-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Paddy Pub (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Chased leaders early, settled towards rear approaching halfway, ridden and no impression 4 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 21l behind Jolily (10-3) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Feb.
Rich Revival (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway into 3rd 4 out, challenging when reappeared from fog at last, kept on well to lead run-in (poor visibility), won at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 hvy in Jan beating Fever Pitch (10-7) by hd, 11 ran.
Sraid Padraig (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Waited with towards rear, progress and mistake 5 out, soon no impression, 8th of 13, well behind Wilde Wit Pleasure (10-6) at Cork 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Jan.
Tarquinius (FR) 25-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway into 4th 4 out and disputed briefly entering straight, pecked on landing and headed 3 out, kept on under pressure and challenged run-in, just failed, 2nd of 18, hd behind Jadanli (10-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Caduceus (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Mid-division early, 7th halfway, weakened 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Colbert Station (10-11) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec, 28 ran.
Panther Claw (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, no impression entering straight and left moderate 6th 3 out, kept on one pace to go moderate 3rd run-in, 3rd of 18, 13l behind Jadanli (10-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Ballinahow Lady (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Disputed early, chased leaders from 3rd, 2nd halfway, improved to lead 3 out, ridden and challenged entering straight, asserted before last, challenged again last, strongly pressed run-in and all out, won at Thurles 3m mrs nov chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb beating Ros Brin (11-1) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Fever Pitch (IRE) 5-1fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, 2nd halfway, close up when blundered and unseated rider 9th, in a race won by He'llberemembered (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft, 20 ran.
Ros Brin (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no impression leading pair entering straight, kept on to challenge last, every chance run-in, just held, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Ballinahow Lady (11-4) at Thurles 3m mrs nov chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb.
In Great Form (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Always towards rear, ridden when slight mistake 11th, behind when pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Jadanli (10-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs hvy in Jan, 18 ran.
Give Us A Hand (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Led and disputed, headed 8th, 3rd halfway, ridden in 7th 7 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Spot The Boss (9-10) at Punchestown 3m 4f hcp chs hvy in Feb, 10 ran.
Jolily (IRE) 9-2 (10-3) Held up in rear early, 6th halfway, headway into 2nd 4 out, led before 3 out, ridden clear after 2 out, kept on well strongly, comfortably, won at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Feb beating Kakagh (11-0) by 6l, 8 ran.
Miss Pepperpot (IRE) 10-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 7th 6 out, ridden and no extra 4 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Spot The Boss (9-10) at Punchestown 3m 4f hcp chs hvy in Feb, 10 ran.
Murchu (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 4th 7 out, ridden in 3rd 3 out, 2nd 2 out, no impression winner before last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 20l behind Spot The Boss (9-10) at Punchestown 3m 4f hcp chs hvy in Feb.