SAOIRSE DUN has completed a hat-trick in minor company and takes on better class rivals with an 11lb rise to contend with but he's only had six starts over fences and looks capable of defying the extra burden. Come To The Party alternates between hurdles and fences and completed a double over timber in November. He can revert to fences on a lower mark and has to be considered along with De Dodger, who was having just his third start over fences when a fine runner-up to Glenquest at Punchestown after scoring over this C&D. Our Girl Lucy is extremely consistent and makes her handicap debut over the bigger obstacles after finishing runner-up in a Grade 2 novices event here last month so she has to be respected.
Sraid Padraig (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders in 4th, dropped to rear from 4 out, no impression straight, 5th of 7, 43l behind Oscars Well (11-8) at Navan 2m 1f nov chs hvy in Dec.
Head Waiter (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden and weakened entering straight, last of 6, 50l behind Whatuthink (11-5) at Navan 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) in Nov.
In Compliance (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, hampered 1st, headway 8th, mistake 11th, lost place when mistake 13th (becher's brook), mistake next (foinavon), headway after 3 out, held by leaders towards finish, 5th of 16, 3l behind Hello Bud (10-0) at Aintree 3m 2f Listed hcp chs (1) hvy in Dec.
Carrigeen Lechuga (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Waited with towards rear, a bit slow 2nd, moderate 8th before 3 out, soon no danger, kept on, 5th of 10, 34l behind Knockfierna (11-5) at Limerick 2m 6f mrs nov chs Gr3 (1) hvy in Mar.
Come To The Party (IRE) 10-1 (10-1) Led, joined 6 out, back in front 3 out, joined again before last where great jump to settle issue and stayed on well run-in, won at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Nov beating Top Madam (10-7) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Elysian Rock 16-1 (11-4) A bit slow 2nd, soon chased leaders, no extra from before 3 out, last of 14, well behind Wellforth (10-12) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs sft in Aug.
Hans Crescent (FR) 8-1 (10-4) Soon mid-division, moderate 7th before straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 19l behind Jack Absolute (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Dec.
De Dodger (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Held up, steady progress from 6 out, 3rd 3 out, close 2nd travelling best entering straight, every chance when slight mistake and pecked 2 out, ridden and kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Glenquest (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Dec.
Daring Article (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, dropped behind leaders after 3 out (usual 4 out), no extra straight, 5th of 7, well behind Sword Of Destiny (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Our Girl Lucy (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden in moderate 6th and no impression 4 out, 5th 3 out, left moderate 3rd last, soon 2nd, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Great Oak (11-1) at Cork 2m 1f mares nov chs Grade 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Jack Bene (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd halfway, headway to lead entering straight, strongly pressed 2 out and joined last, kept on under pressure, headed inside final 50 yards and dropped to 3rd, 3rd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Fever Pitch (11-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 in Dec.
Saoirse Dun (IRE) Evensfav (11-9) Waited with early, closed up to be prominent from before 7th, went clear with eventual 3rd from 4 out, in front next, soon went on going well, in control when idled a bit before last, stayed on well, very easily, won at Wexford 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102 in Dec beating Flamingos Gold (10-2) by 11l, 7 ran.
Wilde Wit Pleasure (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 5th 2 out and no extra in 7th last, weakened run-in, 7th of 16, 14l behind Supreme Carolina (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m hdl sft in Dec.