IMMEDIATE RESPONSE is currently a 25/1 chance for the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham but those odds are likely to shrink if he is as impressive as he was on his chasing debut at Limerick. His path was cleared when his main rival fell at the last though he would have won easily enough anyway and looks a really nice staying prospect. Miradane jumped well until making a mess of the last at Listowel in September but still managed to beat the useful Benefficient. He's a progressive chaser with more to offer and looks a big threat on his return from a break. Canaly beat the useful Terminal in a strong beginners' event at Fairyhouse in December before scoring over hurdles. He was well beaten in a tough Leopardstown handicap last time but this will play more to his strengths. Belle Brook isn't consistent but has some very strong form to her credit and is by no means out of this with her allowance.
Canaly (IRE) 10-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, weakened from 3 out, eased run-in, 14th of 18, 32l behind Farrells Fancy (9-6) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Immediate Response (IRE) 8-11fav (11-12) Led, jumped well, joined before straight, in front 2 out and asserted from before last where left clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Jan beating Viaduct Joey (11-12) by 21l, 7 ran.
Miradane 6-1 (11-10) Soon prominent, keen hold, slight peck 6 out, disputed lead and quick jumps 4 out and next, soon led and going best before straight, mistake last, reduced lead closing stages and eased near line, won at Listowel 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Sep beating Benefficient (11-12) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Rinroe (IRE) 50-1 (9-10) Rear of mid-division for most, weakened 3 out, 27th of 30, well behind Prince Rudi (10-6) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Belle Brook (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Led, headed 8th, remained prominent until ridden and no extra approaching straight, in a race won by Jadanli (10-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs hvy in Jan, 18 ran.