Bangonform had Fever Pitch back in third when successful at Tramore in October but he's been beaten twice since and re-opposes on 11lb worse terms here. Karinga Queen hasn't raced since finishing a well-beaten favourite at Kilbeggan in June but Scholars Mate could figure if an error-strewn round at Limerick last month hasn't dented his confidence. Urban Gale only won by a nose at Downpatrick and is 7lb higher now and may struggle to get the better of the less-exposed JACK BENE. A recent third at Downpatrick suggests the latter is gradually getting the hang of jumping fences and Henry De Bromhead's charge is by no means harshly treated on his handicap debut.
Any Bets (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Waited with towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 9th of 10, 39l behind Highdownhill (10-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Nov.
Special Token (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra before straight, 9th of 10, 31l behind Tarla (10-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f mares chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Double Seven (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, bad mistake 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tarquinius (9-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Nov, 9 ran.
Vital Plot (USA) 20-1 (11-2) Rear of mid-division, 9th halfway, no threat from 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 15, 34l behind Alf Wright (10-6) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct.
Bangonform (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Rear of mid-division, closer in 6th 5 out, ridden in 5th 3 out, moderate 4th 2 out, kept on one paced, 4th of 12, 30l behind Murchu (9-11) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft.
Fever Pitch (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway into 3rd before 3 out, no chance with easy winner after next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Bangonform (10-11) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Oct.
Jack Bene (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Prominent and led after 3rd, strongly pressed 2 out and headed run-in, no extra and dropped to 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Jetson (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chs sft in Nov.
Schinkel (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from 4 out, 8th of 13, well behind Snooze (11-9) at Cork 2m 5f beg chs sft in Nov.
Karinga Queen (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Rear of mid-division, 9th halfway, no threat from 4 out, 6th of 12, 37l behind Page One Two Nine (11-2) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gf in Jun.
Down Under (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Mid-division, dropped towards rear before 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Orpheus Valley (11-3) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs hvy in Oct, 10 ran.
Scholars Mate (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Always towards rear, driven along approaching straight and no impression when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Dancing Tornado (11-10) at Limerick 3m Handicap Chase (9yo+) hvy in Nov, 8 ran.
Castle Anshan (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, well behind Snooze (11-9) at Cork 2m 5f beg chs sft in Nov.
Killcara Boy 7-1 (11-2) Mid-division early, soon towards rear, poor 7th entering straight, weakened and completely tailed off, 9th of 17, well behind Roadtoabbeyfeale (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Oct.
Urban Gale (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, mistake 6th, went 3rd before 4 out, mistakes 3 out and when ridden 2 out, kept on under pressure to dispute run-in, just led on line, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp chs 0-102 sft in Nov beating Clancy Strand (10-10) by ns, 9 ran.
Ard Agus Fada (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Waited with, kept on same pace under pressure from before 3 out, 7th of 13, 33l behind Kyle's Turn (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gs in Nov.