Cadspeed has now run nine times over fences without winning and has started favourite in many of them. He'll probably find a race when sent handicapping and the overall form of TONER D'OUDAIRIES looks stronger. Gordon Elliott's charge, a better hurdler than Cadspeed, appeared to be improving over fences when runner-up to Rupert Lamb at Leopardstown so it was a surprise when he ran over hurdles at Cheltenham. He looks the one to be on here, though Lord Ben can go well as he was still in front when falling three out at Gowran in October and had run well previously on this sort of ground. Mart Lane and Hansupfordetroit are others to note as they make their chasing debuts.
Ballyspellan Lad (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Prominent in chasing group, mistake 6th, no extra 4 out, 8th of 14, 25l behind Speed Dial (10-1) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Dec.
Cadspeed (FR) 10-3 (11-12) Prominent, led from 3rd, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon no impression on winner, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Hidden Future (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chase sft in Mar.
Chino Valdes (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Mid-division early, weakened halfway, tailed off, 18th of 26, well behind Shariyan (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Jan.
Hansupfordetroit (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, 7th of 9, well behind Zuzka (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Lord Ben (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Led, clear 5 out, reduced advantage and pressed when mistake and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Protaras (11-11) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chs gd in Oct, 18 ran.
Mart Lane (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra before 2 out, 18th of 30, 33l behind Prince Rudi (10-6) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Memories Of Milan (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Soon waited with in rear, plenty to do 5 out, some headway into straight, eased when beaten, 7th of 9, well behind Passage Vendome (11-12) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hdl in Aug.
Robyn Rua (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Tr ldrs, impr to ld 3out, hdd 2out, no extra run-in, 2nd of 17, 6l behind Mr Shankly (12-0) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec.
Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 16-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, tracking leaders next, weakening when mistake last, 12th of 23, 46l behind Salubrious (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Tellherimnothere (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 10th of 13, well behind A Fine Young Man (11-9) at Cork 2m beg chs in Mar.