Power Drive had been hurdling and was having his eighth start on the track when landing a similar handicap in good style in September. He's up 7lb and this looks tougher as AR EAGLA NA HEAGLA, whose last run on the Flat resulted in a victory at Leopardstown in June, has been making great strides over fences and scored at Down Royal at the beginning of the month. Caronda has never won but her two recent efforts here suggest her turn isn't far away while the versatile Pass The Ball bids to add to his victories between the flags, in a bumper and over hurdles and fences with an all-weather success having twice finished runner-up here. Cliara ran her best race so far over the track and trip last month and has been dropped 3lb so looks a threat.
Pass The Ball (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Prominent, not fluent 1st, on terms 3rd, led 5th, slight mistake 7th, headed before 9th, on terms again from 13th, led approaching 3 out, slight mistake last, headed and kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Mac N Cheese (11-11) at Punchestown 3m hcp gd in May.
Zaofu (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, reminder before 3 out, soon pushed along and no impression in 6th before 2 out, mistake last, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 26 1/4l behind Fast Buck (11-12) at Listowel 2m mdn gd in Jun.
Power Drive 6-1 (8-13) Soon led, pressed straight, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Sep beating Spanish Dawn (8-11) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Romantically (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, 3rd halfway, pushed along early straight, soon ridden and lost place, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 7 1/2l behind Tartlette (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Nov.
Ballydrislane (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Dwelt, in rear, rapid headway on outer after 3f and 2nd halfway, disputed lead approaching straight, headed over 2f out, soon ridden and no impression on winner from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 4 3/4l behind Tartlette (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Nov.
Stealth 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden 3f out, soon no extra, 9th of 12, 17l behind Saglawy (11-0) at Listowel 1m 6f sft in Sep.
Prime Chief (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Pushed along briefly early, prominent, soon 2nd, effort straight, no extra final furlong, 8th of 14, 7 3/4l behind Lily Lily Rose (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Nov.
Ar Eagla Na Heagla 4-1jfav (10-0) Tracked leaders, 2nd at 7th, improved to dispute lead before 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, 0.75l 2nd when left in front and well clear at last, kept on run-in, eased close home, won at Down Royal 2m hcp sft in Nov beating Global Jackpot (11-12) by 23l, 9 ran.
Monsieur Piquer (FR) 25-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, effort straight, no extra final furlong, 12th of 14, 7 3/4l behind Munfallet (9-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Nov.
Caronda 10-1 (8-9) A little slow into stride, towards rear, headway approaching straight, soon switched left, chased winner and kept on without threatening final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Pak Army (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Nov.
Emily Square (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Towards rear, 13th halfway, progress after 2 out, one paced before last, 8th of 16, 18 1/4l behind Georgieshore (10-12) at Galway 2m 3f hcp sft in Oct.
Der Mc (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Prominent, pushed along over 3f out where dropped to 9th, soon no extra, 16th of 22, 22 1/2l behind Summer's Dream (9-2) at Curragh 7f hcp sft in Oct.
Cliara (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Dwelt, raced in 4th from early, pushed along before straight, challenged and on terms under 2f out, headed from 1f out, one pace, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Tracing (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Oct.
High Glory (FR) 25-1 (8-9) Dwelt, soon mid-division, weakened from 3f out, never a factor, 14th of 23, 18 1/2l behind Sea Ducor (9-5) at Navan 1m 6f hcp Yielding in Oct.
Red Vermillion (IRE) 100-1 (8-13) A little slow into stride, towards rear, pushed along from halfway, kept on same pace from under 2f out, 12th of 14, 12 1/2l behind Pocotaligo (9-1) at Dundalk 7f mdn pol in Oct.
Universal Focus (GER) 10-1 (11-10) Mid-division, weakened from 3 out, pulled up before last, at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hvy in Nov.
Wedding Photo (USA) 20-1 (8-8) Dwelt and pushed along briefly, soon mid-division, pushed along again approaching straight, not much room over 2f out, soon one pace, 7th of 13, 8 1/4l behind Power Drive (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Sep.