World Citizen improved to win by the narrowest margin at Punchestown on New Year's Eve but had earlier been behind Misca Musca over this C&D. The latter was raised 7lb and hasn't been in that kind of form subsequently and was behind Chestnut Charlie at Naas on Sunday when the latter was running his best race for a very long time. PRINCE OF MILAN is better known as a chaser but reverted to hurdles on a very fair mark at Fairyhouse last month and wasn't beaten far behind the in-form Speed Dial. He's only gone up 2lb so this looks a good opportunity to lose his maiden tag over timber. Shanroe Society hadn't shown much before a comfortable success at Thurles and though raised 8lb it will be a surprise if he's not in the shake-up.
Doc Hollywood (IRE) 3-1fav (10-13) Rear of mid-division on outer, headway into 6th 2 out, no extra before last, weakened run-in, 7th of 14, 17l behind Flying Light (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m nov hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Chestnut Charlie (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 4th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Thepartysover (10-11) at Naas 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109).
Misca Musca (IRE) 4-1fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, 4th after 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 9th of 15, 14l behind Thepartysover (10-11) at Naas 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109).
Barneys Honour (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Soon towards rear, well off the pace in 8th 3 out, moderate 7th before straight, kept on well without threatening, 3rd of 12, 17l behind Henrietta's Way (10-11) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-103 hvy in Dec.
Prince Of Milan (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Mid-division, in touch in 8th 3 out, progress entering straight, ridden in 5th 2 out, disputing 2nd at last, stayed on run-in, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Speed Dial (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Dec.
Paddys Angel (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, 6th 3 out, soon ridden, went moderate 5th at last, 5th of 13, 18l behind Annie Oakley (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mares mdn hdl hvy.
Rising Altitude (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Waited waited, progress from before 4 out, soon tracked leaders, ridden before straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 43l behind Sacre Malta (11-5) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Shanroe Society (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Held up, headway into 4th after 4 out, travelled well to lead 2 out, ridden to assert approaching last where not fluent, kept on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-95 beating C'est La Mode (11-5) by 5l, 12 ran.
Cut The Cake (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Mid-division, no extra from 3 out, 12th of 18, well behind Unika La Reconce (10-13) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Schindler's Pearl (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Chased leader, pushed along after 4 out, kept on under pressure, ridden and kept on same pace from 3 out, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Carlowsantana (10-5) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Quigleys Express (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 5th, ridden next, weakened approaching 3 out, 8th of 14, 29l behind Amigo (11-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy.
Larsen Bee (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Prominent and led after 1st, joined before 4th and headed approaching 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by World Citizen (10-11) at Punchestown 2m cond hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec, 15 ran.
World Citizen (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd approaching 3 out and led entering straight, soon ridden and headed before last, rallied to lead again early run-in and kept on under pressure, all out to hold on, won at Punchestown 2m cond hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec beating Corbally (11-8) by shd, 15 ran.
Cheap As Chips (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Keen hold, in front 3rd, soon clear, reduced lead from 5th, headed 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up entering straight, in a race won by Forjoethepainter (10-10) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Prince Of Leisure (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, headway to dispute approaching straight and led before 2 out, ridden and joined when mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by Dancing Tornado (11-10) at Limerick 3m Handicap Chase (9yo+) hvy in Nov, 8 ran.
Tom's Last Euro (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Prominent throughout, in front before straight, pressed from before 2 out, soon headed, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Whatdreamsrmadeof (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy.