led, slightly slow 1st and headed, soon tracked leader, pushed along briefly before 5th, soon 3rd, 4th approaching 4 out, pushed along again before 3 out where slight mistake and under pressure, moderate 3rd approaching straight, one pace
JEZKI hasn't looked the force of old in his last two runs including in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham where he faded from the last after getting himself into contention. That was only his third run since sweeping all before him in 2015 and he may be better over this shorter trip nowadays. Hidden Cyclone has been placed brilliantly by Shark Hanlon to win 17 races and his Flat speed invariably gets him into contention over timber. He's effective on any ground and Patrick Mullins has a very good record on board. Diakali finished 15l behind him over 2m2f at Leopardstown last month though that was his first start since the Galway Festival in July and he should get closer. The remaining trio have plenty to do against such strong opposition including Henry De Bromhead's recruit from Mark Johnston, Stars Over The Sea.
Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 11-4fav (11-10) Led, mistake 3rd and jumped right next, ridden and pressed before last, headed last, rallied well run-in to lead again last 100 yards, kept on well close home, won at Leopardstown 2m 2f hvy in Mar beating Bonbon Au Miel (11-0) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Jezki (IRE) 15-2 (11-10) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, tracking leaders in 5th on home bend, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 31 1/4l behind Nichols Canyon (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m (1) gd in Mar.
Blackmail (FR) 13-8fav (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, fell 5th, at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hvy in Feb.
Diakali (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to dispute 2nd at 5th, ridden and no extra before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 15 1/4l behind Hidden Cyclone (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hvy in Mar.
Stars Over The Sea (USA) 5-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 5f out until ridden 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 8 1/2l behind Fabricate (9-3) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Morgan (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Prominent, on terms briefly from 2nd, dropped to 6th at 5th, slight mistake 3 out and pushed along, 5th approaching straight, ridden to chase winner before 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 6 1/2l behind Lachares (10-4) at Limerick 2m sft in Mar.