Sword Fish had Unoccupied 10l behind at Cork in November but is now 12lb higher and not certain to confirm the form. Carry Each Other ran well at Punchestown last time though he was eventually beaten 15l into second. See Double You has yet to win over fences but has dropped to a fair mark as a consequence and makes a quick reappearance after a fine second at Thurles on Friday. WITNESS OF FASHION has been in excellent form from his lowly mark and though not quite able to overcome a 4lb rise for his Fairyhouse success when runner-up at Down Royal he's still well treated and can gain compensation.
Sword Fish (IRE) 5-1fav (9-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 7th of 18, 24l behind Folsom Blue (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade C) (5yo+) hvy.
Maringo Bay (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, moderate 5th approaching straight, soon no extra, 5th of 9, 36l behind Man With Van (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl hvy.
In Great Form (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden along 5 out, moderate 8th next, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Blissful Moment (10-10) at Down Royal 3m hcp chs 0-116 hvy, 10 ran.
Art Lord (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, dropped behind when bad mistake 5 out and pulled up, in a race won by Hold Em Cowboy (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Jan, 15 ran.
Unoccupied 5-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 4th 5 out, ridden and no impression approaching straight, moderate 7th 2 out, tailed off,, 6th of 14, well behind Thelobstercatcher (11-2) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 in Jan.
Carry Each Other (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, led and disputed from halfway and clear of field, reduced advantage in lead 4 out, ridden 2 out, headed before last, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 19, 15l behind Too Late To Sell (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 1f in Jan.
Shellys Creek (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Disputed lead early, chasing leaders when mistake 5 out, no impression from after 3 out, 11th of 18, well behind Witness Of Fashion (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy.
Betterthanalright (IRE) 18-1 (10-12) Led, headed when bumped by rival 4 out, pushed along approaching straight and dropped to 4th after 2 out, no extra before last, 7th of 11, 18l behind Off The Charts (10-11) at Thurles 2m 6f Handicap Hurdle (80-123) (4yo+) in Jan.
See Double You (IRE) 11-2 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 4 out, headed run-in, no extra, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind And The Man (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Witness Of Fashion (IRE) 7-4fav (9-13) Towards rear, pushed along briefly 6th, headway into close 5th 4 out, ridden in 4th next, went 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Blissful Moment (10-10) at Down Royal 3m hcp chs 0-116 hvy.
Its The Ice I Like (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Always towards rear, no impression from 5 out, weakened, went badly left at last, 11th of 19, well behind Too Late To Sell (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 1f in Jan.
Schindlers Rock (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Soon mid-division, closer order to track leaders 4 out, bad mistake next, 3rd approaching 2 out where 2nd, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 12l behind Thats The Dream (11-8) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Jan.