MOZOLTOV bids for compensation after his first-fence demise at Cheltenham where he fell after being impeded. A Grade 2 winner over hurdles, he had done well over fences prior to The Festival and can make amends. Mount Colah was 16 lengths behind Mozoltov at Fairyhouse in December but has defied mistakes to complete a double subsequently and a clear round would see him in the picture. Irish Thistle was having only her second start over fences when gaining a very fortunate victory here in January when Mad Brian unseated his rider at the last when clear. The winner has been unable to cope when stepped up markedly in grade and meets a couple of useful rivals here. David Wachman doesn't have many jumpers but Pageboy did well for the yard in winning twice over hurdles and showing promise behind Felix Yonger on his chasing debut last May.
Mozoltov 11-1 (11-4) Held up behind when mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Taquin Du Seuil (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gd, 12 ran.
Mount Colah (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, led 5 out, headed and dropped to 3rd when slight mistake 3 out, pushed along when slight mistake next, ridden in 4th entering straight, went 3rd and mistake at last, stayed on well run-in to lead inside final furlong, won at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs sft beating Moscow Mannon (11-9) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Irish Thistle (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Prominent and tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake and pecked 5th, pushed along and no impression in 3rd when fell 3 out, in a race won by Bright New Dawn (11-4) at Navan 2m 1f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.
Dan's Rolls (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) In rear, no impression on leaders from 3 out, kept on without threatening, 6th of 9, 32l behind Miley Shah (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chase sft.
Derrychrin (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Soon held up off leaders, moderate 4th halfway, closer 6 out, ridden entering straight, no extra in 6th when bad mistake 2 out, 6th of 9, 15l behind Never Complain (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase.
Haughtons Bridge (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, stumbled after 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 7th of 9, 16l behind Never Complain (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase.
Pageboy (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 4th after 5 out, 3rd 3 out, ridden entering straight, no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 11l behind Felix Yonger (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in May.
Vicsaflia (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 9th 4 out, no extra entering straight, weakened, 7th of 12, 44l behind Express Du Berlais (10-8) at Down Royal 3m hcp hdl.