DYLAN ROSS, runner-up in a Grade 1 over timber a year ago, made mistakes before falling on his chasing debut at Roscommon and was then outpaced by Jenari at Naas. He doesn't find much off the bridle so is one to be wary of though he should win this. Noel Meade is taking no chances by also running Please Talk, who looks a nice prospect and could prove a fine understudy if the selection fluffs his lines again. Lord Windermere has to be a major threat as he had the selection a head behind when scoring over timber at Punchestown last December. There should be very little between them though the latter has a fitness advantage.
Dylan Ross (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Mid-division, headway into 4th entering straight, close 3rd when mistake 2 out, good headway to lead last, kept on under pressure run-in, no extra and headed closing stages, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Jenari (11-11) at Naas 2m beg chs sft in Oct.
Hi Big Man (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Led and disputed, headed 4 out, soon ridden, kept on one paced, 4th of 13, 23l behind Oscars Well (11-12) at Punchestown 2m beg chs sft in Oct.
Lord Windermere (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Prominent, on terms 3 out, ridden before straight, headed after 2 out and soon no impression, 8th of 12, 17l behind Jenari (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Please Talk (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression before 2 out, weakened and pulled up before last, in a race won by Marasonnien (11-10) at Punchestown 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Apr, 12 ran.
Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Awkward jump 2nd, soon lost place, reminders 4th, no extra and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Days Ahead (11-11) at Tramore 2m beg chs sft in Oct, 14 ran.
Rourke's Cross (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, moderate 7th halfway, poor 8th 4 out, no extra and weakened, 8th of 9, well behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in May.
Savello (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) Mid-division on outer, 7th approaching 3 out, ridden in 5th early straight and soon no impression, no extra, 7th of 15, 14l behind Golanbrook (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl hvy in Jun.
Sheer Genius (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, pulled up before last, in a race won by Shamiran (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (95-123) (4yo+) hvy in Apr, 25 ran.
Toon River (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Led, a bit slow 7 out, headed approaching last where mistake, no extra and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 16, 4l behind Rivage D'Or (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs gd in Oct '11.