UPAZO, a dual winning bumper in France, has been a short-priced beaten favourite on both starts over timber for Willie Mullins but has done nothing wrong gainst decent opposition and should get off the mark here. Byerley Babe, a winning point-to-pointer, ploughed through the Thurles mud to gain an impressive bumper victory in December and should have no problems tackling hurdles again after a fair run behind Annie Power on the same track earlier. Follow The Sign hadn't shown much in bumpers but made a very bright start over timber in what looked a strong maiden won by Way Up In The Air here three weeks ago. He could provide the main threat, though Davyroy looked in need of further when tackling the minimum trip at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day so should improve and the useful bumper Dancers Dilemma should be getting his act together over hurdles before too long.
Blue Town (IRE) Zagreb gelding out of Blue Approach.
Dancers Dilemma (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, headway in 6th entering straight, 3rd 3 out, ridden before 2 out, no extra after 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 18, 30l behind Blissful Moment (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Dave's Stamper (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Alw pr, ld 2out, row, won at Durrow 3m ire ptp hvy in Feb '12 beating The Shrimp (11-4) by 2l, 13 ran.
Davyroy (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, r5th 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 5th of 16, 10l behind King Of Firth (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Jabus (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, no extra from 3 out, weakened, 18th of 22, well behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Nashville Swing (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Captain Canada (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Petit Garson (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Never a factor, 17th of 22, well behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Bar Stool Bob (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Twrds rr until prog bef 4th to disp aftr 4th, ld from 6th, hdd aftr 4out, ld bef last, went on flat, snugly, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec beating Line D'aois (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Born In Fire (FR) 14-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders on outer, 8th and pushed along 3 out, kept on one paced, 9th of 17, well behind Jennies Jewel (11-2) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Jan.
Follow The Sign (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 2nd approaching 3 out, 3rd 2 out and no impression on winner approaching last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Way Up In The Air (11-5) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Rudolf (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Never better than well off the pace in mid-division, 11th of 16, well behind Benevolent (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl in Oct.
Upazo (FR) 8-11fav (11-10) Always prominent, 2nd 3 out, led before next, ridden from last, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 17, 2l behind Jennies Jewel (11-2) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Jan.
Byerley Babe (IRE) 2-1 (11-2) Settled towards rear, good headway into 4th approaching straight, smooth headway to challenge and led 1f out, shaken up to stretch clear, easily, won at Thurles 2m N H flat hvy in Dec beating Nearly Nama'd (11-4) by 9l, 13 ran.
Takemeandbreakme (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, lost place 3 out, soon no impression, 12th of 16, well behind Mister Hotelier (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.