Eleazar Des Neiges has been gradually improving and landed a 2m3f maiden at Limerick in very good style. He makes his handicap debut and should get into contention but ABRAHAM was impressive on his debut for Martin Brassil at Naas and, though hit with a massive 12lb rise, is expected to complete a double. Brawler went up 8lb for his victory at Fairyhouse and didn't perform as well at Punchestown on New Year's Eve but Macho Mover arrives in cracking form having won twice at Tramore this winter, though an 8lb rise for his latest success makes this tougher. Point-to-point and dual chase winner Crazyheart has never won over hurdles but is on a 12lb lower mark so shouldn't be dismissed.
Eleazar Des Neiges (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Made all, 2 lengths clear after 3rd, reduced advantage at 5th, strongly pressed 2 out, asserted before last, kept on well, won at Limerick 2m 3f mdn Soft - Heavy in Dec beating La Feline (11-2) by 2 1/2l, 17 ran.
Impatient Partner (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, close up in rear halfway, slight mistake 8th, 3rd and pushed along 2 out, no impression approaching last, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 13 1/4l behind Silver Sheen (10-12) at Thurles 2m 7f sft in Nov.
Abraham (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway into 5th 2 out, improved into 2nd travelling well before last, led after last, stayed on well inside final furlong, not extended, easily, won at Naas 2m 3f hcp Good - Yielding in Jan beating Mc Alpine (10-11) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
R'evelyn Pleasure (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Rear of mid-division, slight mistakes 5th and 7th, pushed along after 4 out and no extra after next, weakened, 10th of 14, dist behind Charlie Stout (10-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp sft in Jan.
Russian Bill (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Waited with, soon in rear, no impression after 10th, one pace, 12th of 17, 26 1/2l behind Mister Fogpatches (10-11) at Navan 2m 6f hcp sft in Nov.
Brawler (IRE) 9-4fav (10-5) Prominent, took keen hold, disputed lead from 5th, led 3 out, ridden and headed entering straight, 4th at last, no impression, 5th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Mister Eddman (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp Good - Yielding in Dec.
Crazyheart (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Mid-division early, soon chased leaders, slight mistake 2 out, no extra from before straight, 10th of 16, dist behind Drumconnor Lad (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp Yielding in Dec.
Rebel Early (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Waited with towards rear, 10th after 5th, pushed along from 3 out, some headway to chase leaders approaching straight, one pace, 5th of 12, 15 1/2l behind My Club Colours (9-13) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp sft in Jan.
Macho Mover (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 7th halfway, pushed along on outer to go 4th 2f out, ridden to challenge 2 out, disputed after until led last, kept on well, won at Tramore 2m 5f hcp sft in Jan beating Duhallow Paddy (10-8) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Ice Cool 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden into 6th 2 out, no extra entering straight, 7th of 15, 19 1/2l behind Sean Says (10-3) at Punchestown 2m hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan.
Jukebox Jive (FR) 9-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression after 3 out, 20th of 25, dist behind The Moyglass Flyer (10-9) at Leopardstown 2m hcp sft in Dec.