Popaflora is 2lb out of the handicap but that shouldn't pose a problem as his rider claims 7lb. He'd probably be suited by a longer trip while Hidden Present, who was close behind him at Down Royal last time, makes too many mistakes. El Mondo started favourite in that latter event and was in touch when unseating his rider but he'd been beaten by Reality Dose at Naas previously and Liz Doyle's charge looks a threat to all. Refused A Name completed a double before finding an 11lb rise too much to handle at Fairyhouse, though he ran better than his finishing position suggests. CROWDED ROOM finished runner-up in that event, his best run for some time, and though beaten by Art Lord here in December can turn the tables on the winner and take this. Good Egg was a very lucky winner here last time and a 6lb hike in the weights may have put paid to his chances of a double.
Fever Pitch (IRE) 11-2 (10-4) Chased leaders early, mid-division halfway, ridden towards rear and no impression 4 out, kept on one pace straight, 7th of 16, 30l behind Daring Article (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs in Dec.
Mr Cosmopolitan (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leaders and 8th halfway, 5th entering straight and mistake 2 out, 6th at last and kept on under pressure run-in, 4th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Blazing Sonnet (11-5) at Thurles 2m beg chase sft in Jan.
Hidden Future (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Raced last of the 4 until 3rd from 4th, dropped to rear again and pushed along 4 out, dropped behind next, last of 4, 28l behind Bob Le Beau (11-9) at Down Royal 2m hdl gf in Aug.
Good Egg (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, went 3rd and ridden 3 out, 2nd next, 4L 2nd when left clear at last, kept on, fortunate, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 in Dec beating Down Under (10-13) by 1 3/4l, 19 ran.
Moiqen (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden before 2 out, stayed on to 3rd last, no impression leaders and kept on one pace run-in, 3rd of 9, 13l behind The Way We Were (10-10) at Naas 2m hcp chs in Feb.
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.
Beckwith Star (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, ridden and progress into 2nd entering straight , soon no impression on winner, dropped to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Heavenly Brook (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Prominent, 3rd approaching straight, soon struggling and switched right, no extra in moderate 5th at last, 6th of 8, 24l behind Treat Yourself (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Silver Friend 25-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression after 4 out, 8th of 14, 35l behind Some Tikket (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chase in Jan.
Carhue (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Chased leaders early, jumped right 4th, weakened halfway, trailing 7 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Wrong Turn (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-116 in Dec, 18 ran.
Crowded Room (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Soon close up and disputed lead, headed 7th, on terms again 10th, 3rd before straight, chased winner and no impression from before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 5l behind Witness Of Fashion (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Feb.
El Mondo (FR) 9-2fav (11-5) In rear, in touch in rear when hampered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Mark Me Up (10-8) at Down Royal 2m cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Refused A Name 10-1 (11-6) Soon prominent, on terms 3rd, led 7th, joined 10th, not fluent 5 out, headed from 2 out, dropped to 3rd and no extra when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 18, 30l behind Witness Of Fashion (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Feb.
Hidden Present (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Led, ridden 3 out, strongly pressed next, headed before last, no extra and dropped to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Mark Me Up (10-8) at Down Royal 2m cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy in Feb.
Notimetoserve (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 2nd from 7th, mistake 5 out and quickly dropped behind leaders, no impression from next, trailing from 3 out, 6th of 10, well behind Si C'etait Vrai (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase in Feb.
Reality Dose (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) In rear, pushed along after 4 out, ridden in 5th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Mark Me Up (10-8) at Down Royal 2m cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Popaflora 7-1 (10-1) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden before 3 out, strongly pressed leader next, dropped to 3rd after 2 out, kept on without threatening winner to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Mark Me Up (10-8) at Down Royal 2m cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy in Feb.