The veteran LUKE'S BENEFIT alternates between hurdles and fences and arrives on a fair mark. He scored over the bigger obstacles at Punchestown on New Year's Eve under today's claimer and looks to have been found another winning opportunity. Malt Gem is making his handicap debut and has been racing over much longer trips while Treat Yourself shot up the weights after completing a double and ran poorly at Gowran last month. Shanroe Society won a minor handicap here before a very moderate effort at Navan while Kilmainham was very fortunate to win a modest contest over the track and trip and could have done without a 3lb rise. The Boys Dont Know won a maiden here in November but has struggled in handicaps subsequently.
Hide The Evidence (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, kept on one pace, 11th of 16, 18l behind Supreme Carolina (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m hdl sft in Dec.
Malt Gem (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Held up, headway into 4th 4 out, ridden to challenge 3 out, no extra in 3rd before last, 4th and kept on one pace run-in, 4th of 13, 23l behind Suntiep (11-12) at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Is Herself About (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, no threat after halfway and ridden in rear after 3 out, 16th of 17, 29l behind Summer Star (10-1) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mares hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Treat Yourself (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Settled towards rear, mistake 4 out, 8th 3 out and no impression in 6th from next, no extra, 6th of 11, 45l behind Rory Anna (11-8) at Gowran Park 2m 1f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (80-123) (4yo+) hvy in Jan.
Park Ranger (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 12th of 17, 19l behind Cairdin (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Dec.
Kilmainham (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders 5th halfway, 4th early straight, headway to challenge last where left in front, kept on well, won at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan beating Top Othe Ra (11-4) by 7l, 18 ran.
Luke's Benefit (IRE) 7-2fav (10-1) Tracked leaders, improved to dispute lead briefly 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 10th of 13, 34l behind Beneficial Spirit (10-3) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-130 in Jan.
The Boys Dont Know (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up, 10th and progress after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 6th of 23, 22l behind Shariyan (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Bottle Rattler (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 10th approaching straight, no threat from 2 out and kept on one pace, 5th of 18, 23l behind Kilmainham (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Drishogue Boy (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Waited with towards rear on inner, 10th before 3 out, struggling from before straight, ran on without threatening from 2 out, 6th of 12, 10l behind Mackey Boy (10-7) at Listowel 2m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (5yo+) hvy in Sep.
Shanroe Society (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway into 5th 4 out, ridden and no extra after 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 29l behind Barneys Honour (11-5) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan.