This is for maiden chasers with a rating of 116 or less over hurdles so Cherif De L'Isle, who has that rating, is suited by the race conditions. However, he's making his debut over fences at an advanced age and has a long absence to overcome. Bythesametoken is rated 3lb lower but has won three times over timber and his pedigree suggests this could be his game. Whiskeywealth went up to 112 after landing a Clonmel maiden hurdle but didn't appear suited by very heavy ground at Limerick. Winning hurdler NOW WHERE OR WHEN had little chance against the promising Fakir D'alene at Down Royal but that was only his second start over fences and he won't meet one of the winner's quality here. He holds Josh D'id on that run, though the latter looks the type to improve markedly.
Bythesametoken (IRE) 40-1 (9-12) Towards rear, some headway on outer after 2 out and 10th before last, kept on one pace, never a factor, 7th of 18, 18 1/2l behind Brides Hill (10-5) at Leopardstown 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Dec.
Cherif De L'Isle (FR) 9-2 (10-1) Close up early, soon chased leader, 3rd halfway, challenged after 3 out, ridden in 2nd after 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 5 1/4l behind Ellie Mac (10-4) at Punchestown 2m 7f hcp Yielding in Sep.
Clonbury Bridge (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and weakened after 2 out, 19th of 26, dist behind The Greek (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m hcp sft in Dec.
Didn'tsleepawink (IRE) 150-1 (12-0) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, moderate 7th 2 out, never a factor, 7th of 10, dist behind Jungle Boogie (12-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f Yielding in Jan.
Dont Go Yet (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, dropped to 8th after 6th, no impression 2 out, weakened, 8th of 16, 29 3/4l behind Teescomponentsyess (11-5) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hvy in Dec.
Explosive Boy (FR) 9-2jfav (11-8) Towards rear, headway after 2 out, hampered 2f out, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, 22nd of 28, dist behind Priory Park (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp sft in Dec.
It Could Be You (IRE) 66-1 (12-0) Held up, moderate 6th and no impression 4 out, no extra next, 6th of 11, dist behind En Beton (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 7f hvy in Dec.
Johngus (IRE) 80-1 (12-0) Rear of mid-division, slight mistake 7th and dropped to rear at 9th, 7th 3 out, no impression, never a factor, 5th of 10, dist behind Jungle Boogie (12-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f Yielding in Jan.
Longacre Square (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) In rear, not fluent and pushed along 5 out, ridden and no impression in rear when fell 3 out, at Tramore 1m 7f Soft - Heavy in Jan.
Now Where Or When (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, slight mistake 1st, 5th halfway, mistake 8th, ridden and under pressure before straight, stayed on into moderate 3rd 2 out, went 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 32l behind Fakir D'alene (12-0) at Down Royal 2m 4f sft in Dec.
Oscer Romero (IRE) 28-1 (12-0) Mistake 1st, always towards rear, behind from halfway, never a factor, pulled up before 3 out, at Down Royal 2m 4f sft in Dec.
Westy Fox (IRE) 66-1 (12-0) Always behind, never a factor, 9th of 10, dist behind Saint Sam (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f sft in Jan.
Whiskeywealth (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) Tracked leader, led before 3rd, joined 3 out, ridden and headed approaching straight, 5th 2 out, no extra, 5th of 11, 27l behind Big Debates (11-2) at Limerick 2m hvy in Dec.
A Cheap Thrill (IRE) 150-1 (11-8) Always towards rear, never a factor, detached when mistake 4th, no extra before 4 out, weakened, completely tailed off, last of 7, dist behind Haut En Couleurs (11-8) at Leopardstown 2m 1f Good - Yielding in Dec.
Josh D'id (FR) 16-1 (11-6) Mid-division best, ridden and no impression before straight, moderate 7th 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, dist behind Fakir D'alene (12-0) at Down Royal 2m 4f sft in Dec.
Lily's Gem (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression before straight, moderate 8th 3 out, kept on one pace, slight mistake 2 out, hampered last, 7th of 15, dist behind Fakir D'alene (12-0) at Down Royal 2m 4f sft in Dec.
Monoxide 14-1 (11-5) Held up, rear of mid-division for most, never a factor, 12th of 21, 24 1/4l behind Brosna Rocco (11-13) at Punchestown 2m hcp hvy in Dec.
Midnight It Is 17-2 (12-0) Chased leaders, jumped left at times, led after 1st, joined 4th, headed 6th, 2nd halfway, ridden and no extra before straight, weakened before 2 out, jumped left last, 8th of 15, dist behind Fakir D'alene (12-0) at Down Royal 2m 4f sft in Dec.
Mater Matuta (IRE) 22-1 (9-12) Disputed lead, led 3 out, ridden and headed entering straight, weakened, last of 13, dist behind Djasek (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp Yielding in Jan.