RUPERT LAMB is rated 26lb lower over hurdles than fences and comes here on a confidence-restoring mission. He'd improved out of all recognition before his latest mishaps so looks handicapped to take this. Pivot Bridge gained a surprise victory over tonight's rival Desertmore Stream at Fairyhouse but has proved that to be no fluke with two fine subsequent runs. However, the runner-up is 17lb better off for three lengths and should have no problem reversing the form. Mrs Mac Veale completed a hat-trick in the autumn and showed she was not finished yet with a cracking effort from her new mark at Ballinrobe last month. Bridgequarter Girl was progressing nicely until stopped in her tracks by a bad mistake here last month and she'll be a threat if the ground dries out.
Kalann (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, moderate 5th 4 out, soon ridden and weakened from next, 12th of 13, 43l behind Pink Coat (9-10) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl in Nov.
Desertmore Stream (IRE) 5-1fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4 out, almost on terms 3 out, no extra next, 10th of 15, 16l behind Pivot Bridge (9-7) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl in May.
Paddy The Celeb (IRE) 28-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, pushed along in moderate 8th after 2 out, no extra, kept on one pace run-in, 8th of 13, 30l behind Arctic Fire (11-12) at Punchestown 2m nh nov hdl in May.
Absolutlyfantastic 12-1 (10-2) Led until bad mistake 4th and unseated rider,, in a race won by Art Of Logistics (11-4) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs gd in May, 8 ran.
Bridgequarter Girl (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, under pressure from 4 out, bad mistake next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Morga (10-10) at Punchestown 2m mrs nov hdl in May, 13 ran.
Rupert Lamb 14-1 (11-10) Slight mistake 1st, never a factor, eased 5 out, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Mallowney (11-4) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs in May, 16 ran.
Honourable Emperor (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, moderate 6th after 3 out, soon no impression, 9th of 14, 24l behind Liberty's Gift (10-11) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl gd in Oct.
Aladdins Cave 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division, badly hampered 4th, progress in 9th before 3 out, 6th 3 out, ridden and no extra 2 out, weakened, 13th of 25, 50l behind Master Oscar (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f in Apr.
Pivot Bridge 9-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders on inner, almost on terms 3 out, led travelling smoothly before 2 out, ridden out and stayed on well run-in, won at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl in May beating The Game Changer (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran.
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, progress into 5th on outer 4 out, ridden along next, 5th 2 out, went 2nd at last, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Kilcarry Bridge (9-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in May.
Ryansbrook (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, jumped a little right 4th, 14th after 5th, pushed along and progress into mid-division straight, soon no impression, moderate 7th at last, kept on same pace run-in, 7th of 18, 18l behind Bentelimar (11-12) at Killarney 2m 1f mdn hdl in May.
Sports Line (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden in 2nd 3 out, weakened quickly before next, soon behind, last of 9, well behind Muzak (11-4) at Sligo 2m 1f hcp chs hvy in Oct.
Director's Forum (IRE) 13-2 (10-13) Soon mid-division, not fluent 4 out, pushed along and weakened from before straight, tailed off, last of 16, well behind Hop In (10-8) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Dec.
Casimir Road (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Soon mid-division, progress to chase leaders approaching straight, soon squeezed for room, kept on same pace under pressure from before 2 out, 6th of 15, 7l behind Pivot Bridge (9-7) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl in May.
Oscar Buzz (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up, soon towards rear, 18th and headway from before 3 out, chased leaders approaching straight, soon moderate 2nd, moderate 3rd before last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 25, 2 1/2l behind Macnicholson (11-11) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 88-123 in May.
Park Ranger (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Mid-division, reminders after 4 out and headway next, 3rd 2 out and ridden to go 2nd before last, kept on under pressure run-in without troubling winner, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Somethingwonderful (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Sin Miedo (IRE) 11-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, pushed along when not fluent 3 out, no extra approaching next where left moderate 5th, weakened,, 5th of 9, well behind Wooly Tom (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl in Jan.
Decade Player (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Led, joined 4th, headed and weakened 4 out, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Mallowney (11-4) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs in May, 16 ran.