It's incredible to find Joncol entered here as he was taking on the likes of Sir Des Champs and Kauto Stone in Grade 1 company last season. He's certainly fallen from grace as a 10-length defeat by The Hollinwell in a point-to-point at Boulta last month suggests and faces three of the leading hunter chasers of recent years here. TAMMYS HILL beat Salsify in this last year having beaten him earlier at Wexford. The latter reversed the form later in the season and went on to glory at Cheltenham and Punchestown though, like last year, he could just need the run here. On The Fringe hasn't run since landing the champion hunters at Punchestown in May of last year but generally goes well fresh and is very closely matched with Salsify on earlier running.
Nodforms Violet (IRE) 6-1 (12-2) Pr til wknd 4out, sn bhnd & ko, 5th of 10, 20l behind Highly Unlikely (12-2) at Maralin 3m ire ptp in Nov.
Salsify (IRE) 6-5fav (12-0) Held up in rear, steady headway from 10th, chased clear leader (winner) from 15th, no impression, dropped to 3rd and one pace before last, 3rd of 13, 25l behind Mossey Joe (12-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hts chs (2) gd in Jun.
Tammys Hill (IRE) 1-2 (12-2) Mid div, 6th when slow 6th, smooth prog in 4th 6out, ld gng best bef 2out where jumped left, easily, won at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp gd beating Harpor (12-2) by 6l, 9 ran.
Ibetellingyoualie (IRE) 9-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, close 5th 4 out, ridden in 4th 2 out, led before last, joined at last, headed run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Loch Dara (10-11) at Wexford 2m 6f hnt chs sft in Nov.
Loch Dara (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Mid-division early, towards rear from 4th, ridden and mistake 4 out, moderate 7th 3 out, left 4th 2 out, kept on same pace run-in, 5th of 12, 9l behind James (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hnt chs gd.
On The Fringe (IRE) 7-4fav (12-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway to lead 5 out, ridden and kept on well from before last, asserted run-in, won at Punchestown 3m 1f hts chs in May '12 beating That Beats Banaher (12-0) by 9l, 12 ran.
The Corby Glenn (IRE) 14-1 (12-2) Tr ldrs, in tch 1/2 way, not qckn from 4out, ko bhnd, 10th of 16, 48l behind A Stray Shot (11-6) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp sft.
The Mull (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, soon ridden and weakened quickly, 11th of 13, 38l behind Loch Dara (10-11) at Wexford 2m 6f hnt chs sft in Nov.
Carsonstown Boy (IRE) 5-2 (12-2) Twrds rr, rdn 1/2 way, rdn & bhnd ldrs 4out, nev on terms ko onepce, 4th of 10, 15l behind Highly Unlikely (12-2) at Maralin 3m ire ptp in Nov.
Davyroy (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division, progress into 5th 4 out, challenged next, close 2nd when went left and mistake 2 out, unseated rider, in a race won by James (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hnt chs gd, 12 ran.
Joncol (IRE) 2-1 (12-2) Alw twrds rr, 5th 6out, fair 5th when mstk 5out, mod 4th & well btn aftr 3out, ko one pcd, 4th of 6, 11l behind The Hollinwell (12-2) at Boulta 3m ire ptp gd in Nov.
Leggy Lad (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Alw pr, disp 3out, eff 2out, not go with wnr, ko, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Highly Unlikely (12-2) at Maralin 3m ire ptp in Nov.
Mr Dazza (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, no threat from 3 out, 8th of 11, 43l behind Cass Bligh (11-12) at Clonmel 2m nov hdl in Sep '10.
One Cool Clarkson 7-1 (12-2) Alw pr, went on 2out, ko best, won at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp sft in Oct beating Liberty One (12-2) by 8l, 12 ran.
The Last Derby (FR) 6-4 (12-2) Alw pr, cl 3rd 5out, not qckn with wnr from 4out, sow late, nrst at fin, 2nd of 11, 10l behind Duers (12-2) at Lingstown 3m ire ptp gd in Nov.