MOSSEY JOE is in a different league to these which is why he's having to concede weight all round but if this were a handicap he would have to give much more away. Although he's never fulfilled the promise he showed as a hurdler and novice chaser he's come back to form and could hardly have won a similar race at Gowran last month in more impressive fashion. Zest For Life runs the occasional decent race but rarely wins but winning hurdler Nodouraboura landed an open point in good style at Horse And Jockey and is one of the few with scope. Festive Affair is only a youngster and lacks the experience of the selection but gets plenty of weight and is one for forecast-backers.
Mossey Joe (IRE) 13-8fav (11-4) Chased leader early, closed up on outer 3rd, on terms next, led 7th, went on alone from 9th, soon well clear, not challenged after, stayed on well straight, easily, won at Gowran Park 3m 1f hts chs hvy in Mar beating Family Oficial (10-11) by 19l, 7 ran.
Duers (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 5th 1/2way, no extra from 4out, 9th of 19, 30l behind Nedzer's Return (11-4) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec.
Ferris Bueller 14-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, 4th approaching 2 out, chased winner last, kept on without quite getting there run-in, 2nd of 15, 1l behind Our Girl Lucy (11-5) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chs sft in Oct.
Major Finnegan (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Tracked leader in 2nd, slight mistake 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, eased when beaten run-in, last of 4, 41l behind Cousin Vinny (11-3) at Punchestown 2m hdl in Feb '12.
Nodouraboura (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mid-div, 6th 1/2way, 2nd 2out, ko under press to ld on run-in, won at Horse And Jockey 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Whitty's Choice (12-0) by 2l, 11 ran.
Railway Storm (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Cl up, 5th 1/2way & 4th 5out, disp brfly bef 3out until 4th & btn aftr 3out, wknd, 5th of 11, 18l behind Final Gift (12-0) at Killeagh 3m ire ptp sft in Jan.
Rebel Chief (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Never better than mid-div, pu 2out, in a race won by Wiseoverbury (12-0) at Ballyragget 3m ire ptp in Mar, 9 ran.
Third Degree (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Ld/disp, ld from 7th, 2l adv 6out & mstk 4out, hdd 3out, 3rd 2out sn wknd, 6th of 11, 17l behind Winter Magic (12-0) at Bandon 3m ire ptp in Feb.
Tous Chez (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Disp for most, went on bef 4out, jnd 2out, no ans to wnr, ko, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Takeyourpick (11-7) at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp sft in Jun '10.
Universal Truth (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ww, some prog 3out, ko without threatening str, 4th of 11, 18l behind Nodouraboura (12-0) at Horse And Jockey 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Zest For Life (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Alw in rr, ko bhnd, 4th of 11, 44l behind Hoopy (12-0) at Punchestown 3m ire ptp hvy in Feb.
Festive Affair (IRE) Evens (12-0) Ld, stongly press str, jn when fell last, in a race won by Patsys Castle (12-0) at Horse And Jockey 3m ire ptp sft in Mar, 10 ran.