The once-useful Osana is approaching the veteran stage and hasn't run since last summer but he's probably not finished yet and is one to keep an eye on over the coming weeks. Barry Geraghty and FRIENDLY SOCIETY found AP McCoy and Jansboy a short-head too good over hurdles at Limerick on Monday and it's a long time since Mick Hourigan's charge won a race but he arrives in good form and can make a winning transition to the bigger obstacles. Westhaven scored over timber on fast ground during the summer and the conditions won't be a problem though he's yet to reach a place in six starts over fences. Black Benny is a major threat as he's generally performed at a higher level though his jumping wan't particularly fluent in a novice event at Killarney last time.
Black Benny (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up early, some slight mistakes, mid-division in 6th halfway, ridden 3 out, no impression in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 11l behind Spring Heeled (11-5) at Killarney 2m 4f nov chs gd in Aug.
Osana (FR) 4-1 (11-10) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, slight mistake 6th, headway into 3rd 3 out, 2nd briefly approaching 2 out, ridden in 3rd after last, no impression and kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 24l behind Fosters Cross (11-7) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Sep '12.
Schelm (GER) 16-1 (10-11) Always rear, lost touch after 4 out and well behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Hidden Cyclone (11-6) at Listowel 2m 4f chs 0-145 sft in Sep, 7 ran.
Mister First (FR) 10-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, progress 4 out, 4th next, soon ridden, no impression from 2 out, 5th of 12, 15l behind Courtncatcher (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 sft.
Playtime Ben (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Keen hold to lead before 1st and clear, slight mistake and reduced advantage 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, no extra in 3rd when mistake last, weakened run-in, 4th of 6, 18l behind Heaney (11-5) at Clonmel 3m nov chs.
Protaras (USA) 9-1 (10-9) Mid-division early, soon towards rear, no impression before 4 out, weakened and tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Tribes And Banner (10-11) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs in May.
Friendly Society (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Mid-division, keen hold and closed up before 6 out, improved to dispute lead approaching straight, led run-in, headed on line, 2nd of 16, shd behind Jansboy (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Westhaven (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Hilden (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m charity stakes gf.
King Vuvuzela (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Led, headed from 4 out, 5th approaching straight, soon no impression, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Wrong Turn (10-5) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 sft in May.