led, slight mistake 1st, took keen hold, went clear travelling well 2 out, ridden and strongly pressed approaching last, headed after last, dropped to 3rd close home, kept on same pace
School Lane was rated 112 back in 2019 and, after completing a double between the flags in November, scored from a mark of 90 over 2m1f at Down Royal. He'll have found that trip plenty short enough and a 4lb rise looks manageable. But HANDSWORTH has improved with every run over fences, getting up close home to concede 10lb to a subsequent winner now rated 109 over 2m4f at Navan. Philip Dempsey's charge looks well handicapped on that form so gets the vote. Castle Town House won a maiden hurdle in March but showed nothing over fences until narrowly beaten on heavy ground at Limerick when well supported. He's an obvious threat while much better was expected of Spare Brakes at Clonmel last week where a mistake two out cost him momentum.
Jurby 20-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, pushed along in 4th halfway, ridden and weakened after 3 out, behind when pulled up before next, at Limerick 2m 7f hcp hvy in Dec.
Norwigi (IRE) 22-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, mistake at 1st and dropped towards rear, moderate 7th after 6th, weakened 2 out, 6th of 11, 28 3/4l behind King Alex (11-5) at Limerick 2m 2f hvy in Dec.
Handsworth (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Rear of mid-division, slight mistake 1st, mistake 4 out, headway into 6th 3 out, soon ridden, 3rd 2 out, close 4th between horses when rider briefly dropped reins inside final furlong, stayed on well to lead near line, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp Good - Yielding in Dec beating Siberian Star (11-3) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Kristian Goingwel (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Led, headed after 5th, ridden and no extra 4 out, 13th of 14, dist behind Lake Chad (12-0) at Limerick 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.
Arverne (FR) 25-1 (11-3) Waited with, soon towards rear, impeded 6th, not fluent 5 out, no impression before 3 out, soon weakened, 12th of 19, dist behind Siberian Star (10-4) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp Yielding in Dec.
Classic Concorde (IRE) 28-1 (10-10) Disputed early, chased leaders from 2nd, lost place 6th, towards rear halfway, pulled up before 10th, at Punchestown 3m 2f hcp Yielding - Soft in Dec.
Conquredalofeurope (IRE) 125-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, pushed along early, mistakes 2nd, 3rd and 10th, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 7th of 8, dist behind Ciel De Neige (11-9) at Navan 2m 4f Good - Yielding in Dec.
Spare Brakes (IRE) 9-2jfav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd approaching straight, pushed along after 2 out and 5th at last, ridden and no impression run-in, 5th of 12, 5 1/4l behind Bitview Colin (10-7) at Clonmel 2m hcp hvy in Jan.
Super Citizen 40-1 (10-0) Towards rear, pushed along after 28th, never involved, tailed off, 10th of 15, 34 3/4l behind Diesel D'Allier (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 6f hcp (2) gs in Dec.
Touch Of Oscar (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Mid-division early, jumped slightly right 4th, soon raced in 12th, headway to chase leaders and slight mistake 2 out, kept on same pace straight, 8th of 19, 20 1/2l behind Siberian Star (10-4) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp Yielding in Dec.
Hardy Bloke (FR) 150-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, mistake 2nd and reminder, moderate 4th halfway, no impression 4 out, no extra 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 7, dist behind Haut En Couleurs (11-8) at Leopardstown 2m 1f Good - Yielding in Dec.
Clarabello (FR) 10-1 (12-0) Mid-division, hampered and mistake at 1st, mistake 11th, closer in 5th 4 out, soon ridden and no impression, 5th of 14, dist behind Shes Some Doll (11-7) at Tramore 2m 5f sft in Dec.
Castle Town House (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd entering straight, challenged and on terms when mistake 2 out, soon ridden and headed, kept on well, briefly on terms run-in, headed and no impression close home, 2nd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Regina Dracones (12-0) at Limerick 2m 7f hcp hvy in Dec.
School Lane (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Held up behind leaders, 4th halfway, closer 5 out, ridden in 3rd 3 out, no impression before 2 out, stayed on into 2nd last, kept on well run-in to lead close home, won at Down Royal 2m 1f hcp sft in Dec beating Hollybank King (9-12) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Moyode Lady (IRE) 17-2 (10-2) Mid-division, slight mistake 2nd, weakened 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Fairyhouse 3m hcp Yielding in Jan.