Willie Mullins has three entered and the presence of Ruby Walsh on SOUS LES CIEUX looks significant. Already a winner at Grade 1 level, he hasn't quite progressed as expected but was impeded early in the Neptune Investments at Cheltenham before finishing well over that 2m5f trip. Today's 3m should bring out the best in him and he gets the vote though there are plenty of dangers. Ipsos Du Berlais is certainly one of them as he looked a nice prospect when scoring here in January and wasn't disgraced in the Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree. Sea Of Thunder was the unlucky loser of a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in December and, though running moderately since, it would be no surprise to see him bounce back.
Castle Wings (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Led early, tracked leader, gained narrow lead again from 3 out, headed before last, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Oilily (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hdl in Mar.
Cootamundra (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Never better than mid-division, 15th of 22, well behind Archie Meade (10-11) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl gd.
Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 8th, ridden after 10th, mistake 3 out, soon hung left, weakening when hit last, 4th of 19, 16l behind Lovcen (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd.
Jetson (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Waited with in rear of mid-division, progress 3 out, in front before next, soon joined and headed, kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 22, 1 3/4l behind Archie Meade (10-11) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl gd.
Marasonnien (FR) 3-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, disputed before 4th and led from 6th, hit 2 out, kept on under pressure run-in, no extra close home and headed on line, 2nd of 7, nk behind My Murphy (11-7) at Navan 2m 7f nov hdl sft in Mar.
My Murphy (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders and tended to jump right, 3rd halfway, went 2nd 4 out, driven along early straight and no impression approaching last, kept on under pressure run-in to lead on line, won at Navan 2m 7f nov hdl sft in Mar beating Marasonnien (11-4) by nk, 7 ran.
Please Talk (IRE) 9-10fav (11-0) Raced mainly in 2nd, led after 3 out, attempted to assert approaching 2 out where mistake and strongly pressed, headed before last, no extra and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 5, 4l behind My Murphy (11-0) at Limerick 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec.
Sea Of Thunder (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 6th and going ok after 3 out, ridden next, soon weakened, tailed off, 15th of 20, well behind Brindisi Breeze (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Sous Les Cieux (FR) 11-2 (11-7) Held up towards rear, bumped 2nd, shaken up 3 out, stayed on approaching last, never nearer, 5th of 17, 25l behind Simonsig (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Vesper Bell (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Soon tracked leaders, 4th 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 5th of 22, 6l behind Archie Meade (10-11) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl gd.
Bridgets Pet (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Waited with towards rear, closer in 8th 3 out, ridden to chase leaders and no impression before last, kept on run-in without troubling winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Jenari (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd.
Spring Heeled (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Prominent in chasing group, closer order from before 3 out, 2nd and challenged into straight, gained narrow lead last and stayed on best run-in, won at Limerick 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd beating Ballysteen (11-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.