The once-useful Annacarton won this three years ago but has been beaten a long way between the flags recently. The lightly-raced and progressive EASYONDEYE won two point-to-points before landing a maiden hunter chase from today's rival Slighamach at Downpatrick in good style. This looks no tougher and he can defy a penalty for that latest success. The runner-up could provide the main threat as he was having only his third career start and his first over regulation fences. By The Banks has been making progress between the flags and produced his best run to date at Durrow last month. Elembridge KIng is the other penalised entry having landed a novices hunter chase at Tipperary but that was two years ago on very fast ground.
Easyondeye (IRE) 9-4fav (12-0) Mid-division early, improved to chase leaders at 3rd, 6th halfway, progress into 3rd 4 out, soon 2nd, ridden to lead run-in, kept on well, won at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs sft in Mar beating Slighamach (11-11) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Elembridge King (IRE) 4-1 (12-2) Ww in rr, prog to cl 3rd after 4out, eff to 2nd 3out, not qckn with ldrs in 4l 3rd 2out, ko onepcd after 2out, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Need To Know (12-2) at Tinahely 3m ire ptp hvy in Mar.
According To Dan (IRE) 4-1 (12-2) Alw pr, tr ldrs til disp 3out, adv aftr 2out, ko best last, won at Toomebridge 3m ire ptp hvy beating Mister To Mister (12-2) by 4l, 11 ran.
Aces And Kings (IRE) 10-1 (12-2) Tr ldrs, 2nd 1/2way, 3rd last, ko sme pce run-in, 3rd of 13, 14l behind Slippers Percy (11-6) at Oldtown 3m ire ptp in Mar.
Annacarton (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Mid div best, fair 6th by 7th, wknd 3out & mod 8th from 2out, 7th of 10, 35l behind Lonesome Glory (12-2) at Tallow 3m ire ptp in Feb.
Ballinahow Rover (IRE) 3-1 (12-2) Pr, 2nd 1/2way, jnd ldr & wo 4out, jnd 3out, ev ch 2out, not qckn with ldr soon after, kow to line, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Glenwood Star (12-2) at Ballyragget 3m ire ptp in Mar.
Burning Issues (IRE) 3-1 (12-2) Ww in tch, gd prog to ldrs 3out, ld 2out, jnd last, hdd close home, 2nd of 10, hd behind Hasty Times (12-2) at Monksgrange 3m ire ptp hvy in Mar.
By The Banks (IRE) 4-5 (12-2) Ld early, hdd aftr 2nd, 2l 2nd 1/2way, 1l down 6out, jnd ldr & wo 4out, 1l adv 2out, slt mstk last, ko best, won at Durrow 3m ire ptp hvy in Mar beating Book Of Excuses (11-6) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Firmount Gent (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Ww rr, 10th 1/2way, mod 9th & well btn bef 3out, to when pu bef 2out, in a race won by Clear Hills (12-2) at Boulta 3m ire ptp gd in Nov, 12 ran.
Forde In America (IRE) 6-1 (12-2) Ld, hdd aftr 5th, ld again 4out, still sl adv when mstk last, hdd early flat, no ch with wnr, 2nd of 16, 3l behind The Tourard Man (12-2) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Sam Cavallaro (IRE) 5-2 (12-2) Ww in rr, 5th 1/2way, rdn in mod 4th 5out, not qckn well bef 4out & wknd, eased & slow jmp 3out, pu 2out, in a race won by Sebadee (12-2) at Ballyragget 3m ire ptp in Mar, 6 ran.
See It As It Is (IRE) 9-1 (12-2) Alw pr, rdn on terms 3out, not qckn 2out, mod 3rd & fell last, in a race won by James (12-2) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp sft in Oct, 14 ran.
Slighamach (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Led, ridden 2 out, bad mistake last, headed run-in, no extra and kept on same pace, eased and just held 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Easyondeye (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs sft in Mar.
Top Cat Dj (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Pr, ld 4out, hdd bef 2out, sn wknd, 7th of 10, 25l behind Annamatopoeia (11-11) at Lingstown 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Bingo Bash (IRE) 3-1 (12-2) Alw rr & mostly last, btn aftr 4out, to when pu flat, in a race won by Ballydague Lady (12-2) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Mar, 7 ran.