MARLBROOK won a point at Nenagh before landing the odds by no less than 17l on his hurdling debut at Gowran and could be anything so is handed the vote. Miley Shah has generally raced in strong company over hurdles but had no answer to the classy Defy Logic on his chasing bow at Naas though he'll have learnt from that. Minsk took on the best youngsters over timber last season and was rarely disgraced. His debut over fences has been eagerly awaited and a recent run on the Flat will have put him straight. Useful hurdler Prima Vista hasn't quite got his act together over fences while Worldor won a couple of minor handicaps over timber at Naas though has always looked more likely to be a chaser.
Coole Avenue (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Waited with towards rear, some headway but no impression 2 out, kept on same pace, 8th of 14, 31l behind Viaduct Joey (10-9) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens30 hvy in Oct.
Hit The Headlines (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Passage Vendome (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chs gd in Oct.
Marlbrook (IRE) 4-9fav (11-12) Tracked leader, on terms 4th, in front next, soon clear, reduced lead but going best before straight, went on again after 2 out, stayed on well, very easily, won at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl hvy in Mar beating All Day Long (11-12) by 17l, 12 ran.
Miley Shah (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, jumped right early, 2nd before 3rd, no impression on winner approaching last where slow, dropped to moderate 3rd run-in, 3rd of 9, 21l behind Defy Logic (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chs in Oct.
Minsk (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up in touch in rear, headway on outside after 6th, ridden after 3 out, outpaced after next, no impression on leaders before last, 5th of 8, 17l behind The New One (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.
Prima Vista 25-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, pushed along approaching straight and soon no extra, last of 6, 41l behind Dressedtothenines (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) in Apr.
Princeton Plains (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Waited with, no impression from 4 out, moderate 6th before straight, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 42l behind Art Of Logistics (11-11) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chs gd in Oct.
Reward Of Faith (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 6th approaching 3 out, soon no extra, 13th of 18, 48l behind Sea Of Thunder (11-4) at Thurles 2m gd in Oct '11.
Some Tikket (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, moderate 4th halfway, ridden from 4 out, no impression from next, 6th of 10, 46l behind Mala Beach (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Mar.
The Shepherd King (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Chased leaders, 4th 6 out, struggling approaching straight, moderate 3rd and kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Dick Dundee (11-9) at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 in Sep.
Worldor (FR) 7-4fav (11-1) Settled towards rear, headway on outer to go 3rd 2 out and travelled best to lead last, soon ridden and kept on under pressure run-in, won at Naas 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Nov '12 beating Like Your Style (11-6) by 3/4l, 9 ran.