Darenjan ran very well behind Fosters Cross at Galway but has gone up in the weights as a consequence and this looks tough. Character Actor won here in April though that was on good ground and he couldn't cope with his weight rise on his only subsequent start. CLARAGH NATIVE has never won over fences but can put matters right here. He looked in top form when scoring over hurdles at Downpatrick last time and, as he's gone close on several occasions over the bigger obstacles, this should be his day. Instant Impacked won over the C&D in August but is now 10lb higher while In The Haven has yet to score over fences after eleven runs.
Darenjan (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Prominent early, soon chased leader, 3rd halfway, dropped to 4th 3 out, 2nd 2 out, soon led, ridden and headed entering straight, soon no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Fosters Cross (11-7) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Sep.
Sports Line (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Towards rear, ridden in 6th before 2 out, no impression in moderate 5th entering straight, 5th of 7, 41l behind Fosters Cross (11-7) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Sep.
Double Seven (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, dropped towards rear halfway, pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Back In Focus (11-12) at Listowel 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Sep, 12 ran.
Character Actor (IRE) 9-2fav (11-1) Waited with in mid-division, keen hold, progress from before 4 out, soon chased leaders, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 13, 9l behind Paddy O Dee (9-11) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gd in May.
Silver Canyon (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Well off pace in mid-division, moderate 6th for much, no extra approaching straight, fell 2 out, in a race won by Colls Corner (11-3) at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Sep, 10 ran.
Venture Lazarus (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Soon towards rear, slow jump 6th, off the pace 8th, no impression from 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Good Luck Chuck (9-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Jul, 7 ran.
Claragh Native (IRE) 11-4fav (11-10) Waited with in mid-division, closer in 6th 3 out, led next, quickly clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep beating Clarkey (11-5) by 8l, 15 ran.
Annacarton (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Ww rr, 14th 6out, sl prog in mod 9th 3out, wknd, 9th of 16, well behind Embracing Change (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Instant Impacked (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Chased leaders, closed 5 out, not getting to winner in 2nd approaching straight, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Colls Corner (11-3) at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Sep.
In The Haven (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Chased leader, 5th halfway, no threat after 3 out (usually 4 out), 5th of 8, well behind Dark Prospect (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f beg chs sft in Sep.
Turtle Gale (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Cl up, 5th 1/2way & 4th 6out, prog 5out & 1 1/2l 2nd 3out, wknd in 5th 2out, 6th of 13, 43l behind Carthalawn (12-0) at Tallow 3m ire ptp in Feb.