Top Othe Ra ran well on his hurdling debut at Gowran last month so it was a surprise to see him back in a bumper at Leopardstown at Christmas. New River was a decent performer for Richard Hannon who will have come on for her opening run for new connections at Leopardstown and Fred Diamond showed improvement at Cork and should make further progress. Recent point-to-point winners Auld Sthock and Never Complain have to be respected, especially the latter, who looked a nice prospect when scoring at Boulta, but it's Willie Mullins' newcomer DJAKADAM who is handed the vote as he won't need to be a world-beater and has the pedigree to operate at a much higher level than this.
Bottle Rattler (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Never better than mid-division, 7th of 15, well behind Waydownsouth (11-12) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Long Journey Home (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) In rear, some headway after 4 out, no impression when fell 2 out, in a race won by Midnight Oil (11-10) at Cork 2m mdn hdl, 17 ran.
Auld Sthock (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Trkd ldr in 2nd/3rd until 4l 2nd from 5out, chall 2out, ld aftr 2out, so best, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gs in Nov beating The Clock Leary (11-7) by 1l, 15 ran.
Churchonthehill (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, no extra 4 out, 8th of 10, well behind Goodtime Boy (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Controlurthoughts (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Always behind, 14th of 16, well behind King Of Firth (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Fiveinthemorn (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Soon chased leaders, 5th over 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 12l behind Golden Plan (11-7) at Tramore 2m ldy N H flat hvy in Dec.
Grand Partner (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 3rd approaching 3 out, soon no impression and eased when beaten, 11th of 16, 50l behind Mister Hotelier (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Kilmainham (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Chased clear leader, 4th halfway, no extra and weakened quickly 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Flying Light (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m nov hcp hdl sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Merrydown Black Kayf Tara gelding out of Right On Target.
Paddy Wicklow (IRE) Statue Of Liberty gelding out of Pregonda.
Top Othe Ra (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Raced in 2nd, lost place under 4f out, 8th into straight, kept on again final furlong under pressure, 5th of 13, 11l behind Moyle Park (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec.
Sujet Bellagio 50-1 (10-11) Towards rear, ridden into 9th entering straight, soon no extra, 12th of 17, 28l behind Flaxen Flare (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Ivanka (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 6th 3f out, soon no impression, 6th of 10, 37l behind Fredsmemory (11-7) at Navan 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
New River (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up, some progress into moderate 5th after 2 out, no extra straight, 6th of 14, 37l behind Ned Buntline (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Tipp On Air (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Rear of mid-division, 11th halfway, no threat from 3 out, 11th of 15, 32l behind Glens Melody (11-3) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Dec.
Djakadam (FR) (10-3) 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Valban (10-3) at Compiegne(FR) 2m hdl sft in Apr.
Fred Diamond (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd before 3 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 17l behind Dalasiri (11-0) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
A Little Help 50-1 (10-7) Towards rear, kept on same pace from before 3 out, 9th of 12, 33l behind Dalasiri (11-0) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
Never Complain (IRE) 5-4 (11-7) Chsd ldrs in 3rd until 2nd from 6th, disp aftr 5out, ld 4out & 1l adv up bef last, so best, won at Boulta 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov beating Knockraheen (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Montrel 4-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 5th 3f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, went 2nd and swished tail under pressure final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Jpevie (9-2) at Bellewstown 1m 3yo mdn clm sft in Aug (flat).
Crowned Supreme (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 11, 45l behind Umpact (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.