Call The Taxie returned to action after a break to score at Navan in 2017 and generally jumps and stays well so another very long absence may not be too much of a problem. Brex Drago has failed to complete in three of his last six starts over fences so has questions to answer but CAPPACURRY ZAK returned from a spell of hunting with a victory at Limerick last month and a 4lb rise doesn't look enough to prevent a follow up. Tikkanen Express ended 2018 with a very good victory at Punchestown and his two recent runs over trips too short should have brought him to his peak for this. Glamorgan Duke has only had three runs over fences and is entitled to improve, though looks a bit high in the weights.
Call The Taxie (IRE) 13-8 (11-5) Led, headed from 3 out, slight mistake 2 out, dropped to 3rd between last 2, pressed for 3rd run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 4, 4 3/4l behind Diamond King (11-0) at Thurles 2m 7f hvy in Mar.
Cooldine Bog (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Soon prominent, jumped left 1st and not always fluent jumping after, lost position from 3 out, soon no extra, 15th of 20, 23 1/4l behind Ilikedwayurthinkin (11-0) at Galway 2m 5f hcp gd in Jul.
Glamorgan Duke (IRE) 100-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, 6th halfway, slight mistake 4 out, ridden and no impression from 3 out, kept on one pace, never a factor, 5th of 7, dist behind Faugheen (11-10) at Limerick 2m 4f (1) hvy in Dec.
Gwencily Berbas (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Rear of mid-division, headway 14th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before last, at Aintree 2m 5f hcp (2) sft in Dec.
Brex Drago (ITY) 10-1 (11-13) Mid-division, 4th halfway, close up when mistake and unseated rider 3 out, at Fairyhouse 2m 5f sft in Jan.
Cartwright 50-1 (11-12) Waited with, 8th from 4th, not fluent 6th, never a factor, tailed off, 9th of 10, dist behind Easy Game (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 5f Yielding in Dec.
Ice Cold Soul (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Soon raced in 10th, some slight mistakes, no impression from 8th, kept on same pace without threatening, 7th of 16, 28 1/4l behind Drumconnor Lad (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp Yielding in Dec.
Hash Brown (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Waited with, 10th from 7th, progress into 7th approaching straight, soon no impression, pulled up before last, at Limerick 2m 7f hcp hvy in Dec.
Une Lavandiere (FR) 5-1 (11-10) Led, clear 4th, reduced lead halfway, headed before 4 out, ridden and weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 13, dist behind Life Isfor Living (11-0) at Limerick 3m hcp hvy in Dec.
Nobody Home (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Led, slight mistake 6th, pushed along approaching straight, soon joined and headed, weakened from before 2 out where not fluent, 12th of 13, dist behind Brawler (9-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp sft in Nov.
Double Portrait (IRE) 11-2 (12-4) Rear of mid-division, slight mistake 1st, ridden 10th, soon trailing, pulled up before 4 out, at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp Good - Yielding in Feb.
Tikkanen Express (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Soon raced in 3rd, some slight mistakes, on terms approaching 2 out, soon headed, no extra and one pace from before straight, 5th of 16, 15 3/4l behind Drumconnor Lad (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp Yielding in Dec.
Noble Emperor (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 6th halfway, 5th 4 out and no impression approaching next, slight mistake 2 out, no extra, kept on one pace run-in, 6th of 9, 20l behind Minella Till Dawn (10-10) at Cork 2m 4f hcp sft in Jan.
Cappacurry Zak (IRE) 9-2fav (11-5) Soon chased leaders, slightly slow at 1st and at times after, 5th from 7th, 6th approaching straight, progress and on terms before 2 out, soon led, stayed on well from before last, won at Limerick 2m 7f hcp hvy in Dec beating Flemenstorm (11-5) by 4l, 15 ran.