Rebel Early looked at home on testing ground over the track and trip last month and the in-form Barry Browne's claim is a bonus. Fakir, a winner at Limerick, was in touch when unseating his rider at Down Royal but faces a stiff task on his handicap debut. Key Commander was left clear at the last at Punchestown when his main rival fell but was travelling strongly and may have won anyway though an 8lb rise makes this more difficult. SOUTHERNER has returned from a break with a new lease of life, completing a double with a comfortable victory at Limerick. A 9lb rise makes this more difficult but he can see off the challenge of Miss Cognac, who made all for an easy victory on her handicap debut on the latter track but has gone up 10lb.
Envious Editor (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, some headway on outer 4 out, 6th when slight mistake 2 out, soon pushed along and no extra, eased approaching last, 9th of 11, 33 1/4l behind Peaches And Cream (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp Yielding in Dec.
Fakir (FR) 4-1 (11-4) Disputed briefly, soon chased leader, 4th when mistake and unseated rider at 5th, at Down Royal 2m 4f sft in Jan.
Fit To Be Tied (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Chased clear leader, 5th halfway, closer 3 out, soon ridden and no impression after next, no extra, 5th of 9, 21 1/4l behind Alohamora (10-2) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp sft in Jan.
Devil's Glen (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Tracked leader in 2nd, improved to dispute lead entering straight, ridden and headed after 3 out, dropped to 6th 2 out, no impression, 7th of 12, 8 3/4l behind Ejayteekay (10-6) at Navan 2m hcp sft in Mar.
Father Ailbe (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, closer in 6th 5 out, ridden 3 out, under pressure in 5th before 2 out, 4th and jumped right 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 19l behind Opposites Attract (11-10) at Down Royal 2m 4f sft in Jan.
The Church Gate (IRE) 11-4fav (12-1) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd halfway, 4th and closer 4 out, improved into 2nd before 2 out, led narrowly travelling well early straight, ridden before last, pressed and slight mistake last, headed run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4 1/4l behind Tokyo Getaway (11-11) at Punchestown 3m hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan.
Mister Fogpatches (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, ran freely, headway to lead after 3rd, mistake 5th, not fluent 7th and slight mistake next, headed 3 out, soon pushed along and no extra before next, weakened, 5th of 8, 34 1/4l behind Royal Thief (11-10) at Thurles 2m 7f Yielding in Jan.
Lilshane (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 2nd, 3rd from 5th, under pressure after 3 out, no impression approaching straight, soon no extra, 8th of 9, 37 1/2l behind Punches Cross (10-10) at Wexford 2m 4f hcp hvy in Oct.
R'evelyn Pleasure (IRE) 4-1jfav (11-3) Prominent, ridden in 4th 3 out, weakened, 7th of 10, 14 1/2l behind Rebel Early (10-6) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan.
Gun Merchant 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, closer approaching 3 out and disputed lead briefly entering straight, ridden after 2 out and dropped to 3rd before last, no impression run-in, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 4 1/4l behind Royal Thief (11-10) at Thurles 2m 7f Yielding in Jan.
Miss Cognac (IRE) 12-1 (10-1) Always prominent, disputed lead, not fluent 6th, led before 3 out, ridden to assert before 2 out, 5 length advantage at last, kept on well, won at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hvy in Dec beating Bay Ambition (10-12) by 8l, 13 ran.
Southerner (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) In rear, 7th at 8th, mistake 3 out and dropped to rear, good headway before 2 out where strongly challenged leader, led before last, kept on strongly, won at Limerick 2m 3f hcp Soft - Heavy in Dec beating Duchess Ravenwaves (11-11) by 5l, 8 ran.
Bua Boy (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, some slight mistakes, 6th at 3rd, hit 3 out, soon on terms, headed from 2 out, no extra straight, 9th of 23, 36 1/2l behind Dalton Highway (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp sft in Dec.
Key Commander (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, lost ground slightly on inner before 3 out, ridden in 5th 2 out, stayed on in 4th entering straight, disputed approaching last, left clear after last, kept on well, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan beating Rare Conor (11-9) by 11l, 12 ran.
Rebel Early (IRE) 9-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 2nd and ridden entering straight, 3rd briefly 2 out, 2nd before last, improved to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan beating Eleazar Des Neiges (11-8) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Encore Lui (FR) 5-1 (11-5) Mid-division early, 9th at 3rd, headway and not fluent 3 out, effort and tight for room straight, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 23, 7 1/4l behind Dalton Highway (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp sft in Dec.
Even Flight (FR) 6-1 (11-10) Disputed lead early, a little keen, prominent, slight mistake 4th, effort straight, slight mistake 2 out, slight mistake again last, kept on well run-in without matching principals, 4th of 9, 1l behind Highest Benefit (9-11) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp Yielding in Jan.
Moscowsowhat (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along before 4 out, ridden and no impression in 6th before 2 out, no extra, 7th of 13, dist behind Life Isfor Living (11-0) at Limerick 3m hcp hvy in Dec.
Mc Alpine (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Towards rear, headway 4 out, 8th next, improved to lead travelling well 2 out, ridden and strongly pressed approaching last, headed after last, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Abraham (11-2) at Naas 2m 3f hcp Good - Yielding in Jan.
Baily Thunder 25-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, 4th 4 out, ridden and no extra next, 7th of 14, 35 3/4l behind Arthur's Quay (11-12) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn Yielding in Sep.
Spancil Hill (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, progress in 6th 3 out, challenged after 3 out, disputed 2 out, soon ridden, headed before last, kept on one pace run-in, no extra close home, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Punitive (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan.
Blanketontheground (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, ridden entering straight, went 2nd before last, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Our Roxane (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan.
Turbojet 25-1 (9-13) Prominent, effort from before 2 out, no extra and one pace straight, 12th of 25, 18 3/4l behind Treacysenniscorthy (9-12) at Leopardstown 3m hcp sft in Dec.