It's hard to believe that MIKAEL D'HAGUENET has yet to oblige over the larger obstacles in seven attempts but he has twice had a race at his mercy before messing up the final fence, including an awful mistake here last month. He does not look likely to reach the lofty heights once anticipated but remains a talented sort and is given another chance. Lord Windermere has been Jim Culloty's standard bearer and looks to have a future over fences based on a good effort behind Dylan Ross at Navan last time, not beaten at all far. He seems sure to pay his way over fences but all wins to date have come over 2m and the Mullins inmate is preferred at this trip. Madam Bovary looks a useful chasing recruit on her first start for Jessica Harrington, whilst Prima Vista and Dingaling have place claims.
Dingaling (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on outer, 5th halfway, 4th 3 out but no impression in 3rd before next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Far Away So Close (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Fine Presentation (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division best, mistake 4 out, soon no extra, 10th of 13, well behind Lyreen Legend (11-10) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Oct.
Hansupfordetroit (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, 7th of 9, well behind Zuzka (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Lord Windermere (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, headway to challenge 2 out and jumped into lead, ridden and slightly untidy jump last, headed run-in, no extra, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Dylan Ross (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs in Nov.
Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 5-4fav (11-12) Attempted to make all, clear entering straight, mistake 2 out, soon ridden, bad mistake last and recovered from being on ground, headed and no extra, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind El Fontan (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Prima Vista 8-1 (11-12) Settled in rear of mid-division, headway into 5th before halfway, no impression in 4th approaching 3 out, kept on one pace in straight to go moderate 3rd run-in, 3rd of 11, 18l behind Aupcharlie (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Madam Bovary (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Prominent, 3rd 4 out, no extra from next and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Shadow Eile (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo+) (1) gd in Apr, 12 ran.