Fred Winter winner Aramax was in touch for a long way on his chasing debut at Galway and will do better while Exit Poll, a maiden hurdle winner in January, only got as far as the first on his chasing debut at Punchestown last week. Rebel Gold scored over hurdles on the latter track last month while Unexcepted's victory over hurdles on testing ground at Fairyhouse last November has been given a boost by runner-up Jason The Militant. CAPTAIN GUINNESS made a very impressive hurdling debut at Navan in December before just outpaced by Andy Dufresne in a Punchestown Grade 2. He was unlucky to be brought down two out in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham when there with every chance and has all the attributes to make a classy chaser. Soviet Pimpernel was well beaten in the latter event but has won a Grade 3 at Limerick on his previous start.
Basil's Boy (IRE) 9-1 (12-0) Towards rear, 9th after 6th, not fluent at 7th and dropped to rear, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 10, 31l behind Soldier At War (12-0) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f sft in Oct.
Born By The Sea (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) In rear, mistake 1st, some headway in 7th when jumped left 3 out, no threat from next, kept on one pace run-in, never a factor, 7th of 10, 32 1/4l behind Pakens Rock (12-0) at Galway 2m 2f sft in Oct.
Captain Guinness (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway when hampered 3 out, close up and every chance when badly hampered and brought down next, at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Mar.
Dis Donc (FR) 14-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, pecked badly and unseated rider 5th, at Galway 2m 2f sft in Oct.
Entoucas (FR) 9-4 (11-6) Led, travelling well 2 out, ridden and headed at last, soon dropped to 3rd, no extra, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Cedarwood Road (11-6) at Naas 2m lst (1) Yielding - Soft in Mar.
Exit Eleven (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, pushed along after 4 out, one pace from before 2 out, 7th of 19, 26 1/2l behind Sky Marshal (11-12) at Cork 2m 3f mdn Yielding in Aug.
Key Commander (IRE) Evensfav (11-4) Led, slight mistake 4th, mistake 4 out, ridden and narrowly headed before 2 out, under pressure in 4th last, kept on one pace run-in, 3rd of 5, 5 1/2l behind Andalusa (11-4) at Clonmel 2m hvy in Mar.
Rebel Gold (IRE) 18-1 (12-0) Waited with, soon mid-division, headway and effort towards outer approaching 2 out, soon challenged, led after last, stayed on well, won at Punchestown 2m 1f hcp gd in Sep beating Winner Takes Itall (12-0) by 2l, 18 ran.
Soviet Pimpernel (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Prominent, pushed along after 4 out, lost place after next, weakened after 2 out, 9th of 15, dist behind Shishkin (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Mar.
Unexcepted (FR) 6-1 (10-12) Mid-division, 9th bypassing 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before last, at Leopardstown 2m hcp Yielding in Feb.
Wee Small Hours (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 9th, lost position from before next where slightly slow, no extra before straight, not fluent 2 out, 7th of 12, 30 1/2l behind Lunastar (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp gd in Oct.
Aramax (GER) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, close up in 3rd before 2 out, pushed along early straight, 4th and ridden over 1f out, soon no extra, eased closing stages, 8th of 11, 13 1/2l behind Tiger Voice (12-0) at Galway 2m 2f Yielding in Sep.
Coral Blue (IRE) 22-1 (12-0) A little keen, waited with, slight mistake 5th and in rear, pushed along to chase leaders and effort from 3 out, 2nd from before last and one pace, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Foxy Jacks (12-0) at Cork 2m 4f gd in Oct.
Exit Poll (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, mistake and unseated rider 1st, at Punchestown 2m 1f Yielding in Oct.
Last Encounter (IRE) 33-1 (12-0) Led, 5-length advantage after 8th, bad mistake next, reduced advantage 5 out, joined next, headed 3 out and soon ridden, no extra in 3rd before next, kept on one pace, slow last, 3rd of 10, 37l behind The Shunter (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 5f Yielding - Soft in Sep.