These qualifiers are generally the most difficult to fathom but there can be no denying the obvious chance of COLBERT STATION. A P McCoy was on board when Ted Walsh's charge beat a huge field in style over fences at Leopardstown's Christmas fixture and the fact that he can race from a 27lb lower mark than his current chase rating suggests he's thrown in. Stablemate Royal Reveille is a very bright prospect but hasn't run since 2011, though he's one to keep an eye on for the future. Blissful Moment makes his handicap debut after a maiden success on heavy ground at Navan while Fahamore looked as though he would have no problems with a longer trip when battling to victory over 2m4f at Fairyhouse. Catch Me, who ran well in this a year ago before narrowly beaten by Cape Tribulation in the Final at Cheltenham in March, has only had three runs subsequently and should now be nearing his peak for another crack. Dushrembrandt showed himself to be a smart staying novice when runner-up to the odds-on Road To Riches in a Cork Grade 3 in December and is another to keep an eye on along with Oscars Business, who has been going well over fences.
Berties Dream (IRE) 11-4fav (11-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd from 9th, dropped to 5th and pushed along 4 out, left 4th next, no impression approaching last, went moderate 3rd close home, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Forpadydeplasterer (11-10) at Thurles 3m chs hvy in Nov.
Catch Me (GER) 25-1 (11-10) Rear of mid-division for most, never a factor, 20th of 30, 34l behind Prince Rudi (10-6) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Fully Funded (USA) 7-1 (11-10) Raced mainly 4th, ridden and no extra after 4 out, last of 4, 34l behind Si C'etait Vrai (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Jan.
Bridgets Pet (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 6th 4 out and no impression in moderate 7th approaching next, 7th of 11, 35l behind Aupcharlie (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Novarov (GER) 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden and no impression before 2 out, 16th of 30, 22l behind Prince Rudi (10-6) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Royal Reveille (IRE) 4-6fav (11-8) Made all, asserted from before straight, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Limerick 2m 5f Grade 3 nov hdl (1) in Oct '11 beating Resolute Bay (11-8) by 12l, 5 ran.
Coole Avenue (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 24th of 30, well behind Prince Rudi (10-6) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
One Cool Shabra (IRE) 100-1 (11-8) Led and disputed, ridden and no extra after 3 out, last of 5, well behind Hurricane Fly (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m hdl G1 (1) in Jan.
Fahamore 9-4 (11-2) Waited with, closer in 7th approaching 3 out, good run to challenge from before last, led and stayed on best closing stages, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl hvy in Jan beating Abbey Lane (11-2) by shd, 11 ran.
Dushrembrandt (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders in 3rd, 2nd before 5 out, improved to lead before 3 out, ridden and challenged 2 out, narrowly headed before last, mistake last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Road To Riches (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Galant Ferns (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Chased leaders on outer, 7th halfway, no impression in 8th entering straight, no extra, 10th of 16, 18l behind Sherika (9-5) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Jan.
Seriatim (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Prominent, on terms 7th, ridden in 2nd before straight, no impression from after 2 out, 8th of 11, 21l behind Fahamore (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl hvy in Jan.
Dooney Rock (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Soon led, strongly pressed 3 out and headed next, soon no extra and weakened, 10th of 14, 36l behind Canaly (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Dec.
Colbert Station (IRE) 5-1fav (10-11) Mid-division, headway into 4th 4 out, 2nd 2 out, led early straight, ridden from last, kept on well, won at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec beating Romanesco (10-4) by 6l, 28 ran.
Medical Card (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Always rear, reminders before halfway and pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Jadanli (10-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs hvy in Jan, 18 ran.
Blissful Moment (USA) 15-8fav (11-12) Mid-division, headway into 5th 3 out, ridden into 2nd 2 out, led last, kept on well run-in, won at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan beating Mr Cosmopolitan (11-9) by 4l, 18 ran.
Boland's Corner (GER) 25-1 (11-7) Well off pace towards rear, never a factor, kept on approaching straight, 5th of 10, 45l behind Beeverstown (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Medicinal Compound 16-1 (10-13) Towards rear, mistake 5th, ridden after 3 out, kept on one pace in straight without threatening, 7th of 14, 20l behind Canaly (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Dec.
Civena (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Mid-division, good headway on inner approaching 3 out and disputed next, headed early straight and no extra in 4th before last, weakened, 5th of 14, 11l behind Canaly (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Dec.
Oscars Business (IRE) 6-4fav (11-7) Prominent, on terms 4 out, left in lead from next, travelling best straight and clear approaching last, stayed on well, easily, won at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy in Dec beating Gerdalia (11-7) by 21l, 7 ran.
Sir Vincent (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 18th of 24, well behind Kerb Appeal (11-8) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 88-130 gs in May '11.
Shabra Charity (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders mainly 4th, pushed along and no extra entering straight, weakened, eased when well beaten run-in, completely tailed off, last of 5, well behind Tofino Bay (11-5) at Naas 3m nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Clashnabrook (IRE) 5-1fav (10-0) Waited with, moderate 8th before 4 out, soon no extra, pulled up before last, in a race won by Sole Witness (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Dec, 15 ran.
Katys Girl (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and dropped to 5th early straight, no impression before last where left 4th, 4th of 9, 5l behind Rockyaboya (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Jan.
Ardboe Abbey (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Prominent, 2nd 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 3rd of 22, 10l behind Champagne Fever (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.