Mullaghanoe River has been making steady progress over fences and might have won at Down Royal on St Stephens Day but for falling at the second last. His previous second to Sizing Gold at Navan puts him right in the picture here. Si C'Etait Vrai has been taking on some smart performers and made Djakadam pull out the stops at Leopardstown. The winner's trainer, Willie Mullins, is represented by THE BOSSES COUSIN, who fell when travelling smoothly on his chasing bow at Thurles in February. He'll need to improve against useful rivals but looks the type to do so and gets the nod.
Ballysteen (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Led 2nd, headed 4 out, ridden and no extra before straight, 6th entering straight, weakening and left moderate 5th 2 out, 5th of 16, 40l behind The Paparrazi Kid (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft in Nov.
Bills Official (IRE) 100-1 (11-9) Always behind, no impression from halfway, completely tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Ned Buntline (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chs sft in Dec.
Budwiser (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Rear of mid-division, headway after 3 out, 4th 2 out, ridden into 2nd last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Gimli's Return (11-1) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Mar '12.
Forever Gold (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, bumped and unseated rider 3rd,, in a race won by Civena (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase, 9 ran.
Mullaghanoe River (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, closer 4 out where slightly hampered, travelled well in 3rd after 3 out, fell 2 out, in a race won by Leish Oscar (11-2) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs sft in Dec, 10 ran.
On The Shannon (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th 3 out, soon no impression, 9th of 24, 23l behind Hold Em Cowboy (11-9) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Dec.
Si C'etait Vrai (FR) 11-4 (11-12) Prominent and tracked leader in 2nd, progress to dispute briefly 2 out, pushed along in close 3rd when not fluent last, ridden and kept on same pace run-in, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Djakadam (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 3f beg chs in Dec.
The Bosses Cousin (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Soon close up, slight mistake 2nd, every chance when fell 2 out, in a race won by Caheronaun (11-5) at Thurles 3m beg chase sft in Feb, 13 ran.
Flemankor (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division early, weakened to rear 8th, soon no impression, 10th of 14, well behind Speckled Wood (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs sft in Nov.
Missie Ella (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Soon off the pace towards rear, not fluent 1st, never a factor, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Pass The Hat (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Oct.
Ravensdale Lady (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, closer from 4th, 2nd 5 out, pushed along in 5th early straight and slight mistake 2 out, soon no extra, kept on one pace run-in,, 5th of 9, 24l behind Civena (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase.