Daring Article hadn't shown much for a long time before beating STONEMASTER just over a length over the course and distance earlier this month. The runner-up is 3lb better off and with the much faster conditions in his favour he's expected to reverse the form and take this. Bruff, who finished fifth, was beaten a long way in that event but that was his first start since September and should get much closer on these terms. Big Dano likes quick ground as he showed with a fine run behind Island Peak at Clonmel and he's well enough treated to make his presence felt. Gordon Elliott tries Dont Back Down in blinkers after a poor run at Wexford and he'd have a chance on his earlier victory at Cork.
Campbonnais (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden in moderate 14th before straight, no impression, 8th of 18, well behind Irish Soul (11-3) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
For A Finish 20-1 (10-8) Waited with, some progress and no impression from 3 out, kept on same pace, 9th of 17, 22l behind House Rules (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gd.
Hidden Future (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Waited with, slight mistake 3rd, closer in 7th before 4 out, kept on same pace from next, 8th of 17, 21l behind House Rules (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gd.
Stonemaster (IRE) 10-3fav (11-10) Led and disputed, led travelling best 4 out, ridden 2 out, pressed last, headed run-in and no extra, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Daring Article (11-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp chs 0-116.
Total Submission 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 12th, soon struggling, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Raz De Maree (11-3) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150 in Nov, 17 ran.
Daring Article (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Mid-division early, 7th halfway, 5th 4 out, ridden in 4th next, stayed on to 2nd entering straight, pressed leader last, kept on well to lead run-in, won at Punchestown 3m hcp chs 0-116 beating Stonemaster (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 18 ran.
Duers (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Waited with, progress and tracked leaders from 5 out, disputing 3rd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Sizing Australia (11-12) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Apr, 15 ran.
Jakros (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Waited with, not fluent 4 out, 8th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 9th of 12, 44l behind Wise Oscar (11-8) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 sft.
Good Fella (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not getting to leaders in moderate 3rd approaching straight, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 17l behind Wise Oscar (11-8) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 sft.
Dont Back Down (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Mid-division, mistake 6th and soon towards rear, ridden and weakened 6 out, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Hillman (10-3) at Wexford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Apr, 15 ran.
Give Us A Hand (IRE) 18-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, improved to track leaders from 7 out, 7th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 8th of 12, 25l behind Wise Oscar (11-8) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 sft.
Big Dano (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden entering straight, 3rd 2 out, kept on in 2nd from last, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Island Peak (10-10) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 gf in Sep.
Bruff (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 9th 4 out, ridden and no impression next, kept on one pace straight, 5th of 18, 26l behind Daring Article (11-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp chs 0-116.
Kingsmoss (IRE) 22-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, lost place 14th, mistake and behind next, 12th of 14, 47l behind Lexicon Lad (10-11) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Healys Bar (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Fell 2nd, in a race won by Daring Article (11-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp chs 0-116, 18 ran.
Duroob 16-1 (10-5) Waited with, badly hampered 5 out, soon no extra, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Prince Of Forwards (10-6) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-109 sft.