SOLSTICE KNIGHT won this a year ago under Barry Geraghty and looks to have been primed for a follow-up by Edward O'Grady as he's just 5lb higher and looked on the way back at Wexford last time. More Madness has to be a big danger as he was unlucky enough to get disqualified at Clonmel before finding My Murphy just too strong in a very tough handicap at Navan. Never Complain was making his chasing debut when scoring narrowly at Down Royal and will find this much tougher but Baresi has been hurdling with some success and can revert to fences off a lower mark so must be considered. Raajih has been waiting for better ground and should have the right conditions and he's well enough handicapped in another open contest.
Rivage D'Or (FR) 14-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, 7th before straight, ridden in 6th entering straight, no extra before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Zekarya (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs hvy in Feb, 10 ran.
Baresi (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Towards rear, improved into mid-division approaching 4th, soon 6th until no extra in 7th from after 3 out, 7th of 10, 39l behind Getoutwhenyoucan (10-2) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders until led 2nd, jumped left at times, jumped badly left 10th, clear next, strongly pressed 2 out, soon headed, no impression and kept on same pace from before last,, 5th of 19, 12l behind Jupitor (10-10) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs sft.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) In rear, pushed along when badly hampered and left 5th 4 out, not recover, kept on one pace in straight, 5th of 7, 43l behind An Dearthair Og (10-1) at Wexford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-123 in Mar.
Usuel Smurfer (FR) 7-2 (11-10) 4th of 8, 13l behind Ipsos Du Berlais (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chs sft in Oct.
Allee Garde (FR) 33-1 (10-5) Prominent on outer, led from 4th, headed 9th, weakened from 4 out, soon trailing, 11th of 14, well behind Gallant Oscar (10-1) at Naas 3m Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
Playtime Ben (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Mid-division, progress into 3rd 5 out, ridden from 3 out, no extra in 4th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Tinakellylad (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 in Nov, 13 ran.
Raajih 25-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, pushed along after 13th, well beaten 3 out, 8th of 9, 28l behind Twirling Magnet (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) gd in Oct.
Never Complain (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, slight mistake 7th, led approaching 5 out, challenged 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, all out, won at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase in Mar beating Mr Cosmopolitan (11-12) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Coolnagorna Giggs (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Always rear and behind when pulled up halfway, in a race won by Bruff (10-1) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Aug, 17 ran.
More Madness (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, disputed briefly after 5 out, 3rd 4 out, ridden entering straight, disputed after 3 out, narrow lead 2 out, joined last, headed run-in, no extra in 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 16, 1 1/4l behind My Murphy (11-10) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
Mr Goodenough (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Chased leaders and 7th halfway, no impression in 8th entering straight, mistake 2 out, kept on one pace to go moderate 4th close home, 4th of 9, 19l behind Carry Each Other (11-3) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Mar.
Please Talk (IRE) 11-4fav (10-8) Soon mid-division, mistake 4th, 7th approaching 5 out, no extra from before 3 out, eased straight, behind and pulled up before last,, in a race won by Jupitor (10-10) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs sft, 19 ran.
Vino Vino Cavo (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Mid-division, closer in 4th 4 out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, soon no impression, 6th of 14, 20l behind Gallant Oscar (10-1) at Naas 3m Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
Mackeys Forge (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, dropped to 8th before 3 out, no extra from before straight, 8th of 12, 37l behind More Madness (10-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f in Mar.
Good Egg (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 1st, 4th 4 out, ridden from next, 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Knock Beauty (10-2) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Mar.
Solstice Knight (IRE) 11-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, 3rd 4 out and went 2nd before next, under pressure after 2 out and kept on one pace, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Foritsa (9-4) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs (10yo+) in Mar.
King Of The Refs (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, progress into 7th 4 out, ridden in 6th entering straight, no impression before last, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 24l behind Zabana (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Jan.
Dushrembrandt (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Soon led, headed 7 out, remained prominent, 3rd when mistake 5 out, close up again 4 out, ridden in 3rd 3 out, no extra in 5th entering straight, weakened, left moderate 4th last, 4th of 8, 49l behind Coole Avenue (11-5) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chase hvy in Mar.
Fernhurst Lad (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) In rear, slight mistake 3rd, no impression from after halfway, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Hold Em Cowboy (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Jan, 15 ran.
Baily Dusk (IRE) 5-1fav (10-13) Led, ridden and strongly pressed 2 out, headed entering straight, no extra and weakened, 8th of 18, 46l behind Wrong Turn (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-116 in Dec.
Down Under (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Towards rear, 8th halfway, slight mistake 5 out, some progress into 5th when mistake 3 out, under pressure in 4th when mistake last, no extra, 5th of 9, 21l behind Carry Each Other (11-3) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Mar.
Kakagh (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, no impression from before 5 out, weakened from 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by More Madness (10-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f in Mar, 12 ran.