Gordon Elliott had six entries at the early stage and relies on the frustrating FORT SMITH, who has now had eleven starts over timber without winning. His overall form is far superior to that of these rivals and though he can hardly be supported with confidence he gets another chance to put matters right. Heck Thomas is slowly making his way back after a very long absence as he showed with a fine run behind the useful Fletcher over the course and distance last month. He'll improve again and looks the main threat. Mount Beckham twice ran poorly over this trip before showing improved form when dropped back to the minimum at Down Royal though the very testing ground could have been responsible. Robin Des People is entitled to make progress from his opening run over timber behind Total Recall at Punchestown while the presence of Ruby Walsh on Voices Of Spring suggests he's expected to make progress.
Caledon Craic (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leader, ridden in 3rd before 3 out, no extra before straight, weakened, 8th of 11, well behind Killultagh Sarah (10-6) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Fort Smith (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Towards rear, reminder after 4 out, progress approaching 2 out and 6th entering straight, went 2nd early run-in, no impression on winner, kept on one pace, 2nd of 18, 7l behind Sort It Out (10-7) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl.
Hawkeye Joe (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Twrds rr, b mstk 4th, fell 6th, in a race won by Roadie Joe (12-2) at Lingstown 3m ire ptp in Nov, 17 ran.
Heck Thomas (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Soon tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, ridden in 4th next, went 2nd before last, no impression on winner run-in, kept on one paced, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Fletcher (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Mount Beckham (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up, ridden in 7th before straight, kept on under pressure into 4th last, 3rd run-in, no impression on leaders, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Drumlee Lad (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Sunday School 100-1 (11-4) Towards rear, 9th after 3rd, progress on outer after 8th, no extra into straight, 7th of 13, 32l behind After Aspen (11-2) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Hawkeye Hero (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, took keen hold, jumped left, not fluent jumping from 4th onwards, soon lost place, last from 4 out, no extra from 3 out, 5th of 6, 36l behind Walk To Freedom (11-10) at Cork 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Long Way Back (IRE) Milan gelding out of Trail Storm.
Robin Des People (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd approaching 3 out, pushed along and no impression in 4th before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 9l behind Total Recall (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Voices Of Spring (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Rear of mid-division, moderate 6th 2 out, soon pushed along and no impression, 8th of 13, 31l behind Gladiator King (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl in Jan.