Six times Grade 1 winner SOLWHIT made a fine reappearance after almost two years off when runner-up to Bog Warrior on heavy going at Punchestown on New Year's Eve. That should have done him the world of good and he should prove too good for So Young. Willie Mullins' charge hasn't lived up to expectations though he's still useful judged on his run behind Monksland and Zaidpour over 3m at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting. Whatuthink was a couple of lengths behind in that latter event and is suffering with his Grade 2 penalty while Maller Tree was a long way adrift and looks held.
Whatuthink (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Led and soon 7 lengths clear, pushed along 2 out and reduced advantage approaching last where not fluent, soon headed and no extra, 4th of 10, 5l behind Monksland (11-8) at Leopardstown 3m hdl G2 (1) sft in Dec.
So Young (FR) 8-1 (11-6) Settled in rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, went 5th 2 out and ridden in 4th before last, kept on under pressure to go 3rd run-in, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Monksland (11-8) at Leopardstown 3m hdl G2 (1) sft in Dec.
Maller Tree 25-1 (11-3) Chased leader mainly 3rd, mistake 4 out and soon driven along, no extra after next and weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Monksland (11-8) at Leopardstown 3m hdl G2 (1) sft in Dec.
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Led, headed 3 out, soon weakened, 11th of 15, 32l behind Thepartysover (10-11) at Naas 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109).
Solwhit (FR) 13-8 (11-4) Settled in rear, headway before 3 out and went 3rd approaching 2 out, 2nd and soon ridden entering straight, no impression on winner and kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Bog Warrior (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Dec.
Eyesontheprize (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 6th 2 out, ridden into 4th entering straight, no impression before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 7l behind Zuzka (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hdl G3 (1) sft in Dec.