The shortest price winner in the last nine renewals has been 10/1. Willie Mullins has won it twice in that period and Ceol Rua looks his best hope here despite his defeat in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse. An earlier Listed winner on soft ground, he may have found the going too quick last time. It's a surprise to see Snap Tie reappearing in a race like this as he hasn't been seen since making a winning debut over fences in October 2009. However, he was rated 160 when running in the Champion Hurdle that year and is on 137 here. Citizenship beat today's rival Leah Claire at Leopardstown and started favourite for the County Hurdle where a mistake at the second last put paid to his chances. He's on the short-list as is David Pipe's War Singer, a winner on heavy ground in France and making his handicap debut. GOD'S COUNTY is another who has won on ground with some give in France and this unexposed type looks ready to strike from his lowly mark with conditions in his favour for the first time in a year.
Snap Tie (IRE) 1-2fav (11-2) Tracked leader, closed 4th, led 4 out, pressed briefly after last, soon asserted, ran on well, won at Cheltenham 2m nov chs (2) gf in Oct '09 beating Safari Journey (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Savello (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Led, joined 3 out, headed and no extra from next, 10th of 12, 28l behind Jenari (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd.
Ballyhaunis 10-1 (10-7) Mid-division, outpaced when hit 3 out, weakened after next, 17th of 22, 35l behind Carlito Brigante (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar '11.
Benash (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Mid-division, headway into 6th 3 out, ridden and no extra entering straight, 14th of 24, 41l behind Dedigout (11-8) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gs.
Citizenship 11-2fav (10-9) Mid-division on inside, headway to chase leaders when hit 2 out, not much room soon after, ridden and effort between last 2, weakened flat, 14th of 26, 15l behind Alderwood (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Jim Will Fix It (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Chased leader, led approaching halfway, headed before 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ghareer (10-1) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 in Mar, 18 ran.
Maggie Connolly (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Always towards rear, never a factor, 19th of 22, 23l behind Up For The Match (9-13) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 in Mar.
First In The Queue (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, chased leaders 2 out, ridden before last, no extra, 9th of 24, 16l behind Paintball (10-7) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs in Mar.
Kandari (FR) 8-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, brought down 3 out, in a race won by Vast Consumption (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl gs, 16 ran.
Scottish Boogie (IRE) 7-1fav (10-5) Always towards rear, 26th of 30, well behind Citizenship (10-3) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 in Jan.
Burrenbridge Lodge (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Always prominent, in front when mistake 2 out, headed before last, regained lead run-in and stayed on well, all out, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo hdl Grade 2 (1) in Feb beating Minsk (11-0) by nk, 10 ran.
One Cool Shabra (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Led, ridden and headed before last, no extra and kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 11l behind Ballynacree (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo hdl Grd 3 (1) gs.
Ceol Rua (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Soon mid-division, 8th 4 out, ridden into 4th approaching last, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 6l behind Shadow Eile (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo+) (1) gd.
Double Handful (GER) 9-4fav (11-12) In touch, badly outpaced in rear 3 out, rallied last, kept on flat, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind James Pollard (10-13) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Louisville Lip (IRE) 3-1fav (10-1) Waited with towards rear, went moderate 5th before straight, kept on under pressure without threatening leaders run-in, 4th of 11, 4l behind Capellanus (10-6) at Galway 2m hcp hdl hvy in Oct.
Rory Anna (IRE) 7-2 (10-6) Tracked leaders, on terms from before 3 out, still every chance when ran out at last, in a race won by False Economy (11-9) at Limerick 2m hdl gd, 8 ran.
Leah Claire (IRE) 6-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, close in 4th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Vast Consumption (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl gs, 16 ran.
Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Eightybarackstreet (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd, 17 ran.
Munsaab (IRE) 7-2 (10-3) Chased clear leader in 5th, closer in 4th 3 out, went 2nd after 2 out, no impression on winner run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Competitive Edge (10-9) at Navan 2m hcp hdl sft in Mar.
Satu (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway into 5th approaching straight, progress to lead 2 out, soon asserted and kept on well run-in, won at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd beating Isobella Blue (10-7) by 3l, 17 ran.
War Singer (USA) 11-4 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, ridden before 2 out, 4th and one pace last, 4th of 8, 11l behind Claret Cloak (11-6) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
God's County (FR) 6-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 7th before 3 out, 4th approaching last, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 22, 7l behind Simon Gray (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl gd.
Morning Ireland (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Always behind, 13th of 15, 45l behind Staying Article (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Dark Prospect 25-1 (10-1) Mid-division, moderate 11th 4 out, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 7th of 16, 17l behind Vast Consumption (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl gs.
The Hamptons (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) In touch towards rear, 4th approaching 2 out, soon no impression under pressure and kept on without threatening, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Lend A Hand Son (11-12) at Sligo 2m nh nov hdl gf in May.
Leroy Parker (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden and no extra 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 11, 18l behind Ballynacree (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo hdl Grd 3 (1) gs.
Dara Tango (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd approaching straight, soon challenged, kept on same pace under pressure from after last, 3rd of 17, 2 1/4l behind Tabhachtach (11-5) at Cork 2m 5yo mdn hdl in Mar.
Golden Ticket (AUS) 16-1 (10-9) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, 9th halfway, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind King's Parade (9-13) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl in Oct.