Willie Mullins had a host of original entries and relies on MONTALBANO, a dual winner on the Flat in France and runner-up on his only start over hurdles in a Listed contest at Auteuil. The form of that race has sent out mixed messages but he's likely to have made good progress and can make a successful debut for new connections. Black Key, a winner on the level for Hughie Morrison, attempted to make all in a huge field at Navan on his first start over hurdles and though finding little from the second last will have come on for the experience. Winning point-to-pointer Ask Nile has run very well in both starts over timber and wasn't beaten far in a strong maiden at Punchestown last time with Youcannotbeserious behind while Cresus De Grissay also did well when a close third in a decent contest at Wexford and looks a nice prospect.
All Being Well (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Castlecrossings.
Ask Nile (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Prominent early, soon chased leaders, 2nd halfway, challenged 5 out, disputed after 4 out, ridden to lead entering straight, soon strongly pressed, headed before last, 4th last, kept on one pace run-in, 4th of 22, 7 1/4l behind Moulin A Vent (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn sft in Nov.
Black Key 10-1 (11-7) Disputed lead early, led from 3rd, wandered briefly approaching 4 out, ridden and strongly pressed before 2 out, headed at last, no extra in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 28, 7 1/4l behind Any Second Now (11-7) at Navan 2m mdn Yielding - Soft in Dec.
Cap York (FR) (10-7) 2nd of 7, nk behind Cepage (10-12) at Lyon-Parilly 2m 3f sft in Apr.
Cresus De Grissay (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Led, pushed along 2 out, strongly pressed and headed last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 12, 3 3/4l behind Aretesone (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn gd in Oct.
Fairwood Notorious (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Led, joined approaching straight, soon headed and impeded over 2f out, dropped to 5th over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 8, 17 3/4l behind Monbeg Worldwide (11-7) at Roscommon 2m hvy in Oct.
Half Moon Street (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden entering straight, 4th and slight mistake 2 out, no extra in 5th before last, left 4th and kept on same pace into 3rd run-in, just held for 2nd close home, 3rd of 18, 12 1/4l behind Riven Light (11-7) at Thurles 2m mdn Yielding in Dec.
Harold Peto (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) Led, joined before 1st, headed from 2nd, raced in 2nd until no extra from before 2 out, 7th of 16, 28 1/4l behind Lion In His Heart (11-4) at Tipperary 2m mdn Yielding - Soft in Oct.
Its All Guesswork (IRE) Mahler gelding out of La Lambertine.
Kristian Goingwel (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Fashion's Worth.
Megara 100-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, no impression straight, never a factor, 20th of 28, dist behind Any Second Now (11-7) at Navan 2m mdn Yielding - Soft in Dec.
Montalbano (10-3) 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Park Light (10-12) at Auteuil 2m 2f lst sft in Mar.
Political Theatre (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Red Square Lady.
Seanathair (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 9th early, still 9th before straight, soon no impression, one pace, 12th of 20, 34 1/4l behind Runfordave (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn Yielding in Dec.
Wigs On The Green (IRE) Robin Des Champs gelding out of Koko Rose.
Youcannotbeserious (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden entering straight, no impression before last, kept on one pace, 5th of 22, 10 1/2l behind Moulin A Vent (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn sft in Nov.
Ask Granny (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, slight mistake 6th, no impression straight, never a factor, 13th of 19, dist behind Pravalaguna (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f mdn Yielding - Soft in Dec.