Testing conditions will make this a stamina sapper but that won't bother ROMANESCO, who would have been heading for a four-timer but for coming to grief when clear at Cheltenham last month. Gordon Elliott left him in the UK to gain compensation at Fakenham and with Ruby Walsh on board the progressive seven-year-old can add another victory to his tally. Like Your Style won a Punchestown handicap over fences in May and warmed up for this with a very good run over timber at Naas. He'll be difficult to keep out of the frame and though Tofino Bay is only a novice his form is very strong and he gave supporters of the prolific Baily Green a fright at Cork last time. Orpheus Valley has returned to action after a very long break in fine shape and could hardly have been more impressive at Roscommon last time while Ballyburke, who has had just four runs over fences, is nicely weighted and looks the type to go on to better things.
Tharawaat (IRE) 125-1 (10-4) Chased leadrers to 10th, behind 13th, badly hampered 21st (bechers brook), kept on from last, no impression, 8th of 40, 22l behind Neptune Collonges (11-6) at Aintree 4m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (7yo+) (1) gd in Apr.
Donnas Palm (IRE) 11-8fav (11-10) Towards rear, not jump fluently, pushed along in 7th halfway, moderate 4th from early straight, never a factor, 4th of 8, 30l behind Ballinahow Lady (10-2) at Wexford 2m 6f chs gd in Oct.
Start Me Up (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, 10th halfway, 8th and mistake 4 out, ridden in 6th entering straight, no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 11l behind Raz De Maree (10-4) at Limerick 3m hcp chs sft in Oct.
Tofino Bay (IRE) 11-10fav (11-0) Raced last of the 3 and under pressure from early, went in pursuit of winner from before 4 out, kept on same pace straight without matching the winner, 2nd of 3, 1 1/2l behind Baily Green (11-8) at Cork 2m 4f nov chs Grd 3 (1).
Medical Card (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, no extra from 2 out and weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Like Your Style (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in May, 12 ran.
Faltering Fullback 33-1 (9-12) Soon mid-division, moderate 8th 7 out, left closer 4 out and 2nd next, in front straight and clear 2 out, stayed on well, won at Listowel 3m hcp chs hvy in Sep beating Questions Answered (10-5) by 6l, 18 ran.
Crash (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Held up early, slight mistake 2nd, improved to chase leaders 5th, 2nd briefly next, 4th halfway, 5th and slightly slow 5 out, soon rear and weakened, completely tailed off, last of 6, well behind Deal Done (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f chs.
In Compliance (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Behind, headway 21st (bechers brook), effort and every chance on outside 2 out, ridden to chase leading trio after last, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 4th flat, 5th of 40, 15l behind Neptune Collonges (11-6) at Aintree 4m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (7yo+) (1) gd in Apr.
Jadanli (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along and dropped to 6th approaching straight, kept on one pace in straight to go moderate 3rd run-in, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Dancing Tornado (11-10) at Limerick 3m Handicap Chase (9yo+) hvy.
Orpheus Valley (IRE) 4-1fav (11-3) Made all, ridden after last, kept on well closing stages, won at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs hvy in Oct beating Good Luck Chuck (10-8) by 12l, 10 ran.
Like Your Style (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Settled in rear of mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden and headway to go 3rd at last, soon 2nd and tried to challenge run-in, kept on under pressure but no impression on winner closing stages, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Worldor (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23.
Romanesco (FR) 9-2 (10-5) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, headway on inside after 12th, went 2nd from 3 out, led 2 out, in command when not fluent last, pushed out, won at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Oct beating Alpine Breeze (10-1) by 4l, 14 ran.
Kyle's Turn (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, closed up 3 out, led after next, strongly pressed and stayed on well run-in, all out, won at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gs beating Days Ahead (11-11) by nk, 13 ran.
Sean Airgead (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Mistake 1st, chased leaders in moderate 5th, 4th 4 out and went moderate 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace without threatening, 3rd of 6, 22l behind Baily Green (11-8) at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs (1) hvy in Oct.
Corskeagh Royale (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, niggled along 6th, no extra from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Our Eric (10-9) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl sft in Jul, 10 ran.
Mister First (FR) 6-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th 5 out, 4th and slight mistake 3 out, hampered by loose horse before straight and ridden in 5th, 4th 2 out, no extra and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd run-in, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Tarquinius (9-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130.
The Hard Hat (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Waited with, closed to chase leaders from 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 4th of 8, 7l behind Selection Box (10-1) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Oct.
Ballyburke (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, no impression 4 out, kept on one pace from before straight, 7th of 11, 20l behind Quietly Fancied (10-7) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl sft.
Zardsky (IRE) 15-2 (10-3) Led and disputed, headed before 3 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 25l behind Raz De Maree (11-3) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150.
Glenquest (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders on outer mainly 4th, ridden and no extra approaching straight, 6th of 11, 14l behind Medicinal Compound (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy.
Healys Bar (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, dropped towards rear 4 out, ridden and no impression when mistake 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Tarquinius (9-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130.
Miss Pepperpot (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Waited with, good headway to track leaders on outer before straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Selection Box (10-1) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Oct.
Bangonform (IRE) 9-1 (9-12) Keen hold, waited with, progress from before 4 out, pecked on landing after 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 17, 28l behind Raz De Maree (11-3) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150.