Faanan Aldaar has proved inconsistent in his five runs over hurdles though there's no denying a repeat of his two second places would give him an outstanding chance. Dragon Khan, only moderate on the Flat, may prove a better hurdler after a promising debut behind Top Man Michael at Roscommon. SECURITY BREACH, a winner on the level for Andy Oliver, was having his first start since June when runner-up on his hurdling bow for Willie Mullins at Clonmel last month and that should have put him straight for this. King Of The Picts won on the Flat here last summer and may prove best of the newcomers.
King of The Picts (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 6th 2f out, no extra, 7th of 13, 11l behind Offer (10-0) at Naas 1m 4f hcp hvy in Oct (flat).
Positive Vibes 3-1 (10-10) Chased leaders in 3rd early, 4th from 2nd, hampered and dropped to rear 4th, ridden and no extra next, last of 6, 39l behind Money Spider (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 3yo hdl hvy in Nov.
Security Breach (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, headway to lead entering straight and tried to assert 2 out, ridden and mistake last, soon headed and no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Carhue (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Alizari (IRE) 66-1 (10-1) Unseated rider before start, mid-division, weakened from 4 out, last of 15, well behind Balnagon Boy (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Bayan (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 13th entering straight, kept on same pace from before last, 7th of 17, 14l behind Flaxen Flare (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Dragon Khan (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression in 3rd last, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Top Man Michael (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Aug.
Lancing 14-1 (11-0) Well off pace in mid-division best, never a factor, 9th of 12, well behind Marlbrook (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Liclash (IRE) Diamond Green gelding out of Joe Ballerina.
Off The Charts (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Coppenagh Lady.
News Show 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 4f out briefly, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 30l behind Bank Bonus (9-7) at Chester 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep (flat).
Daring Queen (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Mid-division, mistake and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Call Me Bubbles (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft, 10 ran.
Faanan Aldaar (IRE) 7-2 (10-2) Tracked leaders in 6th, went 3rd before last, ridden early run-in and kept on well under pressure closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 12, nk behind Golden Firth (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 2f 4yo mdn stks.
Gurteen Flyer (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra entering straight, weakened, last of 9, 38l behind Yes Sir Brian (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Feb.
Hurricane Jojo (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Waited with towards rear, kept on without threatening straight, 5th of 9, 19l behind Dogora (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.