MONTAN won this last year and will be difficult to beat from just 6lb higher. He ran very well when narrowly beaten on the Flat at Galway last month and looks to have been primed for this. Wither Hills is improving fast and looks a big danger as he was conceding 16lb to Monahullen Prince when scoring at Punchestown and the runner-up has won since. Lucky Spring is very consistent and always difficult to keep out of the frame but he's 6lb higher for his recent Fairyhouse success and that's his highest ever mark. Priors Gold is another consistent type but this will be his fifth run in just over a month and it could be a step too far. Catch The Moment may provide the main threat as he made all for a very convincing success over Banna Man at Cork. He's on a massive 15lb higher mark here though is very progressive but Worldly Wise has now finished runner-up in half of his 14 races over hurdles and is still a maiden.
Hebridean (IRE) 11-1 (10-13) Keen hold in rear, some headway before 2 out, soon no extra under pressure, 9th of 11, 42l behind Capellanus (10-6) at Galway 2m hcp hdl hvy in Oct.
Beau Michael 5-1 (11-10) Reduced visibility, prominent, not always fluent jumping, struggling approaching 3 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 12l behind Blazing Beacon (10-12) at Wexford 2m 6f chs sft in Oct.
Lucky Spring (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway into 3rd entering straight, 2nd 2 out, ridden to narrow lead before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd in Oct beating Akatara (10-6) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Priors Gold 7-1 (10-5) Waited with, 6th 4 out, closer in 4th from after 2 out, 3rd and kept on same pace under pressure from last, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Capellanus (10-6) at Galway 2m hcp hdl hvy in Oct.
Cothrom Na Feinne (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Soon led, joined 2 out, ridden to lead again and assert approaching last, stayed on well, very easily, won at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf in Jun '10 beating Wikaala (11-5) by 6l, 10 ran.
Peak Raider (IRE) 10-3 (9-10) Waited with towards rear, progress into moderate 4th approaching 4 out, closer in 3rd into straight, moderate 4th and no extra 2 out, mistake last, 5th of 9, 16l behind King High (9-11) at Cork 2m hcp chs in Oct.
Catch The Moment (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Made all, soon well clear, in control when mistake 2 out, stayed on well, good jump last, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Oct beating Banna Man (11-1) by 8l, 13 ran.
Worldly Wise 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 4th before straight, ridden in moderate 3rd approaching last, soon 2nd and chased winner, kept on well without getting there closing stages, 2nd of 20, 3/4l behind Farrells Fancy (11-4) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl gs in Oct.
Montan (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Settled in mid-division, smooth headway to track leaders before 3 out, disputed lead approaching 2 out, headed under pressure run-in, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Bellvano (11-5) at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs in May.
Lend A Hand Son (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Mistake 1st, soon prominent, 3rd approaching straight, soon no extra, 8th of 10, 17l behind Kakagh (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f chs in Oct.
Kilbrannish Hill (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Held up in last pair, hit 8th, effort to chase leaders 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 7th of 8, 17l behind Russian War (11-12) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-155 (2) gd in Apr.
Great Value (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, went 3rd before 2 out, soon no chance with winner and dropped to moderate 4th at last, no extra, 5th of 12, 17l behind The Real Article (11-12) at Down Royal 2m hdl gd in Jun.
Wither Hills (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, went 2nd approaching straight, led last and kept on under pressure run-in, won at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct beating Monahullan Prince (10-7) by 2 3/4l, 22 ran.
Merveilles 20-1 (9-10) Mid-division, dropped behind 3 out, pulled up after next, in a race won by Capellanus (10-6) at Galway 2m hcp hdl hvy in Oct, 11 ran.