tracked leaders, pecked 4th, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 3 out, challenged wide into straight and led before next, pushed along and 3 lengths clear before last, stayed on well run-in
CILAOS EMERY has looked a high-class recruit to chasing this campaign and is en route to the Champion Chase. A Grade 1 winner over hurdles, he looks to have too much class for Darasso, who won this last year but has to concede 7lb. Joseph O'Brien's charge followed up in a Navan Grade 2 and looked in need of his comeback in the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock last month. Mengli Khan is much better known as a chaser these days but has reverted to hurdles in good form having finished a good third behind Stormy Ireland in a Naas Grade 3 last month. Scheu Time, in good form in handicaps, should prove best of the remaining pair.
Darasso (FR) 9-4 (11-8) Close up in 4th, pushed along 3 out, ridden next, weakened run in, last of 4, 8 3/4l behind Ballyandy (11-4) at Haydock 2m (1) hvy in Jan.
Chateau Conti (FR) 20-1 (10-8) Waited with, mainly in rear, pushed along after 4 out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, dist behind Three Is Company (10-12) at Limerick 2m 5f Soft - Heavy in Jan.
Cilaos Emery (FR) 4-1 (11-10) Tracking leaders in 5th when fell at 1st, at Leopardstown 2m 1f (1) Yielding in Feb.
Mengli Khan (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Led and clear, reduced advantage 4 out, joined briefly 3 out, ridden before 2 out, headed 2 out, soon no impression on winner, dropped to moderate 3rd after last, no extra, 3rd of 7, 7 1/2l behind Stormy Ireland (11-1) at Naas 2m (1) Yielding - Soft in Jan.
Scheu Time (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) In rear, trailing 3rd, some progress and ridden entering straight, moderate 11th at last, kept on without threatening inside final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 22, 6 3/4l behind Thosedaysaregone (10-1) at Leopardstown 2m hcp Yielding in Feb.