Willie Mullins had five entered at the early stage and relies on Marasonnien. Placed over hurdles and fences in France, he started odds-on for his Irish debut at Leopardstown but had no answer when Touch Back quickened past him. A stiffer test of stamina will suit and he must be a threat though LEAN TIMES gets the vote. Noel Meade's charge was having his first start for 10 months when a fine second to Rourke's Cross at Fairyhouse last month and travelled really well until tiring from the last. Nina Carberry produced a masterclass when making all for a very a easy bumper victory at Punchestown on board Kates Benefit, who makes her hurdling debut but looks a fine jumping prospect. Big Generator fell at the last when in with every chance on his only point-to-point start and has shown enough potential in bumpers to be considered for this.
Ballyadam Approach (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Took keen hold early and prominent, 7th 4 out, ridden and no impression from next, 5th of 20, 29l behind Golanbrook (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Betterthanalright (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Prominent, led 5 out, attempted to assert from before 3 out, headed from next, dropped to 3rd approaching last, short of room closing stages and dropped to 4th near finish, disqualified as rider failed to weigh in, in a race won by Sacre Malta (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Big Generator 11-4 (11-9) Held up in 4th, closer in 3rd entering straight, 2nd from well over 1f out but no impression on winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind The Bosses Cousin (12-0) at Leopardstown 2m NH flat gd in Dec.
Bobby's Last (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Ld, hdd 4out, sn in rr, pu 2out, in a race won by Paddyonas (12-0) at Horse And Jockey 3m ire ptp gd in Mar, 11 ran.
Done En Dusted (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 9th early, no impression from before 4 out, 11th of 19, 43l behind Hats And Heels (11-3) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl.
Hi Big Man (IRE) 11-4 (11-11) Mid-division, headway into 6th 3f out, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 22l behind Mount Colah (11-7) at Down Royal 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Lean Times (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Raced in 2nd, travelling well into straight, led before 2 out, headed before last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Rourke's Cross (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Marasonnien (FR) 4-6fav (11-12) Led, headed after 4th but remained prominent, led again entering straight, strongly pressed and headed last, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Touch Back (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Reliable Richie (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 11th of 20, 49l behind Golanbrook (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Another Tempest (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 6th 4f out, no impression in 5th entering straight, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 23l behind Kates Benefit (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f mrs N H flat hvy in Dec.
Bluebell Princess (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place from before 6 out, soon no impression, 9th of 12, well behind Oscars Business (11-7) at Limerick 2m 2f mares mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Chasing Shadows (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Rear of mid-division, weakened from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Sligo Publican (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 18 ran.
Feabhra (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 8th approaching 5 out, no extra next, 12th of 16, well behind Jack Bene (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy.
Kates Benefit (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Made all, went clear entering straight, ridden and kept on well from over 1f out, won at Punchestown 2m 2f mrs N H flat hvy in Dec beating Way Up In The Air (10-13) by 18l, 13 ran.