Newmill won this in 2006 and again last year and showed he was no back number with a fine run over timber behind Sublimity at Cork. He had the strongly fancied Snowy Morning in second a year ago and the latter's trainer, Willie Mullins, will be hoping for revenge here with J'Y VOLE, back over his best trip after failing to stay in the Lexus Chase. He had previously finished just in front of Roberto Goldback and Glencove Marina when they occupied the places behind Tranquil Sea in the John Durkan at Punchestown and should beat those rivals again though there was very little to choose between the trio that day. Psycho, who landed a Grade 3 over 2m2f here three weeks ago, has won four of his eight starts over fences and this is probably his best trip.
Newmill (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Led, clear from 2nd, reduced advantage entering straight, ridden 2 out, strongly pressed and joined at last, soon headed, kept on under pressure but not match winner, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Sublimity (11-5) at Cork 2m hdl sft.
Roberto Goldback (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Chased leaders in 3rd, driven along approaching 2 out, no impression on winner before last, kept on under pressure run-in, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Tranquil Sea (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Grade 1 chs (1) sft in Dec.
Glencove Marina (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 4 out, 2nd after next, driven along in 3rd approaching last, no impression under pressure run-in, 4th of 12, 9l behind Pandorama (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m chs G1 (1) in Dec.
Psycho (IRE) 5-2 (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, challenged from 3 out, brought towards stand side and led after 2 out, pushed out to assert run-in, kept on well, won at Thurles 2m 2f chs Grade 3 sft beating Quiscover Fontaine (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Follow The Plan (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, 3rd halfway, driven along in 4th 2 out, no extra in straight, beaten when eased run-in, 9th of 12, 30l behind Rare Bob (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft.
In Compliance (IRE) 5-2fav (11-9) In touch in rear, 6th and progress 3 out, moderate 3rd before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 8, 9l behind Barker (11-12) at Tramore 2m 5f lst chs (1) hvy.
J'y Vole (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Towards rear when mistake 1st, held up, went 7th before 4 out, 6th after 2 out, no extra approaching last, 6th of 12, 23l behind Pandorama (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m chs G1 (1) in Dec.
Mossbank (IRE) 50-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Pandorama (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m chs G1 (1) in Dec.
Trafford Lad 33-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, pulled way into 4th before halfway, 5th 3 out, no impression under pressure in straight, 6th of 8, 8l behind Tranquil Sea (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Grade 1 chs (1) sft in Dec.
Leanne (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Led and disputed, headed 4 out, 4th under pressure 2 out, no extra from last, 11th of 28, 20l behind Majestic Concorde (11-9) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Dec.