VIVEGA could hardly have a better pedigree being a full brother to the outstanding hurdler Quevega and a winning bumper in France and a half-brother to numerous winners. He can make a winning start though there are plenty of dangers if he doesn't come up to scratch. Morney Wing made his racecourse debut over hurdles at Naas and ran well enough to suggest it won't be long before he's scoring while Lord Scoundrel has probably been a bit unfortunate not to have won in at least one of his three races. Like It A Lot would be the form pick on his narrow defeat by The Winkler at Galway as there was something amiss when he finished tailed off at Leopardstown. Ballagh looks best of the remainder.
All The Chimneys (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, ridden entering straight, 6th and no impression 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 7, 9l behind Hairy O'malley (11-10) at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy.
Ballagh (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, hampered and lost place before halfway, progress into 3rd entering straight, ridden and no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 7l behind Victoria Hill (11-11) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Jan.
Hard Station (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Unseated rider after false start, led, veered left and ran out on bend after stands before halfway, in a race won by Victoria Hill (11-11) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Jan, 14 ran.
Like It A Lot 11-4 (11-5) Chased leaders, 4th 6f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind No More Heroes (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec.
Lord Scoundrel (IRE) 7-4fav (11-7) Mid-division, headway into 2nd entering straight, soon ridden, disputed lead over 2f out, headed under 1f out, kept on in 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Grand Partner (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Jan.
Military Class (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Spring Flower.
Morney Wing (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Mid-division, progress into 4th 3 out, ridden in 3rd next, 3rd at last, kept on without threatening winner to go 2nd run-in, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Authorization (11-10) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Rushvale (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden from 4f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, well behind Shaneshill (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat in Nov.
Vivega (FR) Robin Des Champs gelding out of Vega Iv.
Missyspet (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 15th of 25, well behind O Maonlai (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.