Chute Hall may have been slightly flattered by his proximity to Faugheen at Punchestown in November but it was still a fair effort and he'd earlier finished second over the same course and distance. Thomas Cooper's charge will probably start favourite but his lack of a recent run is a bit of a worry and we'll take him on with AFTERCLASS, who looked to be getting the hang of things when third over 2m here last time. Polish Partisan is another worthy of consideration on his latest third at Punchestown and Fethard Player and Hackets Folly can't be left out of calculations either.
Polish Partisan (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 8th 3 out, ridden in 6th entering straight, no impression in 4th last, kept on same pace run-in to 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Chancol (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy.
Afterclass (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 2 out, no impression and left moderate 3rd after last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 18, 13l behind Synchronicity (11-2) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Chute Hall (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Led until headed 4th, remained prominent and disputed briefly 7th, pushed along in 3rd after 2 out and soon no impression on winner, kept on one pace to go 2nd run-in, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Faugheen (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl in Nov.
Fethard Player (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, disputed briefly entering straight, ridden after 2 out and no impression in 3rd before last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 18, 10l behind Don Poli (11-1) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Jan.
Hackets Folly (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 10th halfway, ridden and progress 3 out, 5th next, no impression approaching last, kept on one pace, 5th of 18, 14l behind Don Poli (11-1) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Jan.
Halls Bridge (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, chased clear leader in 4th 5 out, ridden and no extra after next, weakened, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Urano (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Jan, 18 ran.
Just Likeold Times (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th entering straight, no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 20, 24l behind The Winkler (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Rynn Road (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Soon mid-division, no impression from before straight, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Mullaghanoe River (11-10) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb '13, 12 ran.
The Grey Guy (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Towards rear, never a factor, moderate 6th entering straight, no extra between final 2, tailed off, 6th of 18, well behind Urano (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Who Let De Dogsout (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Soon mid-division, ridden in 7th into straight, no extra from under 2f out, 9th of 10, 25l behind Twentytwo's Taken (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mrs N H flat hvy.