Son Of Oscar finished a close-up second in a Grade 3 novice chase at Galway back in October and on that form is the one to beat, but he seems best on a faster surface than he'll encounter here and preference is for MOVILLE. The best of these over hurdles with three wins in testing ground to his name, Martin Brassil's charge is taken to make a winning start over fences. Just Friends won over timber at Punchestown last time and could figure on his chasing bow along with Big Secret, who fell over fences at Tipperary before winning back over hurdles last month.
Any Bets (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Always behind, behind when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Magnanimity (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Nov, 18 ran.
Big Secret 7-2fav (11-12) Led when very slow jump 1st, headed and prominent after, led again 3 out, travelling best before next, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Limerick 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec beating Luddsdenene (11-5) by 2l, 16 ran.
Caravino (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Prominent, slight mistake 2nd, ridden 3 out, 4th and no extra from before next, 11th of 20, 31l behind Stage Manager (11-7) at Galway 2m hcp hdl gd in Jul '08.
Fennis Boy (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, well behind Maryiver (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Jacks Island (IRE) 4-1fav (10-10) Mid-division, 11th and ridden after 3 out, no extra, 8th of 16, 20l behind Ephorus (11-9) at Limerick 2m 2f Handicap Hurdle (80-102) (3yo+) in Dec.
Just Friends (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Made all, clear to 3rd, ridden 2 out, strongly pressed from last, kept on well under pressure, all out, won at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 8Evens30 in Nov beating Tijuana Dancer (10-9) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Killeenmore (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Chased clear leader, distant 4th halfway, never a factor, kept on one pace without threatening, 4th of 8, 36l behind Bob Lingo (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase.
Michelle's Express (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 7th 4 out, 6th 2 out, soon ridden, no extra before last, 6th of 11, 19l behind Ned Of The Hill (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 8Evens16 sft in Dec.
Mission Possible (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Led, ridden and joined 3 out, headed before 2 out, 4th and no extra before last, 4th of 11, 11l behind Waltzing Tornado (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase hvy.
Moville (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Never a factor, 16th of 21, 29l behind Dorset Square (9-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 gd in Apr.
Osirixamix (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Made all, edged clear from 2 out, mistake last, kept on well, comfortably, won at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec beating Fool's Wildcat (10-10) by 3l, 17 ran.
Rookery Rebel (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, ridden in 6th 4 out, soon no extra and kept on one pace, 9th of 20, 31l behind Silverlord (11-12) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Son Of Oscar (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, moderate 3rd halfway, ridden and no impression on leaders from 3 out, dropped to moderate 4th from next, 4th of 15, 32l behind Torphichen (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 1f beg chs in Dec.
The Quiet Enforcer (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Prominent, 5th halfway, weakened before 3 out, 13th of 20, 31l behind Lastoftheleaders (11-3) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 sft in Feb.
Tommy Turkle (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Held up, some progress into 6th 5 out, no impression from 3 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 20l behind Maryiver (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Groody Hill (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 3 out, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 30l behind Uncle Tom Cobley (10-13) at Naas 2m nov chs sft.
Ri Na Tire (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, dropped towards rear 5 out, soon no extra, 10th of 13, well behind Maryiver (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Days Hotel (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Mid div, 5th travelling well 1/2way, disp 6out until 2nd 4out & rddn bef 3out, wknd bef 2out, 4th of 10, 7l behind Maggie's Boy (12-0) at Avaune 3m ire ptp gs in Dec.
Amber Bob (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, 8th of 10, well behind Tharawaat (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Dec.