The former Aidan O'Brien-trained Acapulco won a shade cosily at Cork last month and, despite a 6lb higher mark, may be capable of reversing earlier Naas running with Miss Xian. Call Rog had no problem with the step up to 3m here last month and is another leading contender, but FOREVER GOLD might have a chance of reversing form with the latter on better terms. Edward Cawley's winning pointer is heading in the right direction and his low weight might be an advantage if the going gets any softer. Others to consider include Art Lord and Operating, though the latter needs to bounce back from a poor run in a Grade 2 here last month. Balnagon Boy is trying 3m for the first time while Letherbelucky may be in the handicapper's grip now but Followmeuptocarlow beat Los Amigos over track and trip nine days ago and could be thereabouts again.
Bat Masterson (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Towards rear for most, some late headway straight, never a factor, 14th of 30, 21l behind Prince Rudi (10-6) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Dushybeag (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, dropped to 3rd and ridden before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from after 2 out, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Legal Exit (11-12) at Limerick 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd.
Powerstation (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Mid-division early, dropped towards rear and pushed along 5th, reminders halfway, ridden 6 out, soon no extra and weakened, pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Blazing Beacon (10-3) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs (10yo+) hvy in Mar, 9 ran.
Whispering Hills (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, bad mistake and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Call Rog (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl sft in Mar, 20 ran.
Call Rog (IRE) 13-2fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, improved into 2nd after 3 out, ridden to lead before last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl sft in Mar beating Backinthere (10-6) by 5l, 20 ran.
Coole Avenue (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) In rear throughout, never a factor, 7th of 14, well behind Mart Lane (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase sft.
Operating (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Mid-division, moderate 5th halfway, ridden from 4 out, remote 5th after 3 out, went remote 4th from 2 out, no impression, 4th of 10, 28l behind Mala Beach (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Mar.
Acapulco (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, improved in 4th before straight, 3rd travelling well entering straight, challenged 2 out, ridden to assert before last, kept on well, won at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar beating Fahamore (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Balnagon Boy (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, improved to dispute lead 3 out, led next, soon ridden clear, stayed on from last, won at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb beating Grey Monk (11-4) by 2l, 15 ran.
Gala Dancer (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight without threatening, 9th of 17, 36l behind Brian Who (9-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140.
Queiros Bleu (FR) 11-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden in 8th 2 out, no extra, 6th of 10, 12l behind Mallowney (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp hdl in Feb.
Rogue Angel (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along from before 3 out, 3rd into straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 9, 20l behind Vics Canvas (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Feb.
Letherbelucky (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division early, towards rear halfway, bad mistake 5 out, soon no extra, 6th of 9, well behind Zuzka (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Baresi (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, dropped last of the 6 approaching straight, soon no impression, 6th of 7, 17l behind Leah Claire (10-8) at Limerick 2m hdl gd.
Thynetocatcher (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Led, headed 6th, lost place from before 4 out, soon pushed along, went 3rd before straight, stayed on to close again 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Bobbina (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f Mares Hurdle (5yo+) gd.
Sarabad (FR) 5-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, no extra entering straight and soon weakened, 12th of 17, 49l behind Brian Who (9-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140.
Fergiethelegend (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Prominent, led before 8th, headed approaching 6 out, stumbled after 4 out, no extra approaching straight, 7th of 17, well behind Malt Gem (11-4) at Cork 3m Amateur Maiden Hurdle (5yo+).
Los Amigos (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Rear of mid-division on outer, headway on outer from 3 out, ridden in 3rd 2 out, soon 2nd, ran on well run-in without threatening winner, 2nd of 24, 2 1/4l behind Followmeuptocarlow (10-2) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Moville (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Settled in rear of mid-division, 8th entering straight, no extra from 2 out, last of 11, 41l behind Tennis Cap (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp hdl hvy in Jan.
See Double You (IRE) 10-3 (11-2) Soon prominent, in front before straight, headed 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Fahamore (11-9) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec.
Tabac Brun (FR) 5-1 (11-8) Led, ridden and challenged 3 out, soon headed, disputed 2nd from 2 out, 2nd again last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Clar Na Mionn (11-8) at Cork 2m 4f Conditional Maiden Hurdle (6yo+) hvy in Mar.
Start Me Up (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Liberty Counsel (9-5) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f Ext hcp ch, 28 ran.
Ancient Days (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division on inner, 11th 4 out, progress from next, ridden in 8th 2 out, no extra, 7th of 20, 14l behind Call Rog (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl sft in Mar.
Followmeuptocarlow (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Mid-division, progress from 3 out, improved to lead 2 out, soon ridden clear, stayed on well from last, won at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft beating Los Amigos (10-9) by 2 1/4l, 24 ran.
Art Lord (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Soon led, joined from before straight, back in front 3 out, clear approaching last, stayed on well, won at Navan 2m mdn hdl beating Aonvarr (11-9) by 5l, 9 ran.
Forever Gold (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Mid-division, 6th 4 out, progress from next, ridden in 4th 2 out, kept on one paced, 4th of 20, 6l behind Call Rog (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl sft in Mar.
Miss Xian (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden entering straight, 4th 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 24, 4 1/2l behind Followmeuptocarlow (10-2) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, niggled along halfway, 7th 7 out, ridden and no impression next, left moderate 4th 2 out, 4th of 12, 42l behind Forty Foot Tom (11-12) at Thurles 2m 5f beg chase gd.