ALDERWOOD, who ended the last campaign scoring at Cheltenham, Fairyhouse and in the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown, slipped up on his chasing bow before a decent effort behind Canaly in a very strong beginners' chase at Fairyhouse. He should have learnt from those runs and his class can see him lose his maiden tag over fences. Prima Vista was also a very useful hurdler and he's shown enough potential over fences to suggest he'll do well at the game. He looks the main threat as Hidden Future looks as though he'll do better over further, a remark that also applies to Spring Heeled.
Alderwood (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Tracked leaders, close 4th on inner 3 out, ridden in 4th next, 4th at last, ran on well to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Canaly (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f beg chs sft in Dec.
Hidden Future (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Settled towards rear, 7th halfway, went 4th after 3 out, kept on one pace without troubling leaders, 4th of 9, 16l behind He'llberemembered (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Kennoway (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Prominent, mistake 2nd, weakened from 4 out, behind when mistake 2 ut, 10th of 11, well behind Canaly (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f beg chs sft in Dec.
Lord Alfie (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Towards rear and never a factor, no threat in straight, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Texas Jack (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f beg chs in Nov.
Mark Me Up 12-1 (10-3) Led, joined from 3 out, led again entering straight, strongly pressed from last, headed inside final furlong, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 8, 4l behind Speed Dial (9-10) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl hvy.
Masked Phantom (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Never better than mid-division, 15th of 23, well behind Shariyan (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Ournativecity (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, weakened 6f out, completely tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Mullaghanoe River (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec.
Prima Vista 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd 3 out, ridden and challenged entering straight, no extra in 4th last, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 6l behind Lord Windermere (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 3f beg chs sft in Dec.
Spring Heeled (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 15l behind Tillahow (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chs in Nov.
Stradbally (IRE) 22-1 (11-7) Tracked leader in 2nd racing keenly, led before 5 out, headed and dropped to 6th 3 out where stumbled on landing, no extra, 8th of 9, 46l behind He'llberemembered (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Dec.