Mister Philson ran well when second at Carlisle last month but this doesn't look any easier. In contrast, PINEAU DE RE finished runner-up in a tougher contest at Leopardstown on his latest start and a chance is taken Philip Fenton's charge has the requisite stamina over today's marathon trip. Seriatim made a winning debut over fences when beating Forestside in a beginners event at Down Royal recently but will find life more difficult in this, while Carrigeen Lechuga and Sole Witness are closely matched on collateral form after taking it in turns to beat Ballinahow Lady and the latter won herself in between those defeats. Fever Pitch makes most appeal of the remainder dropped in class today.
Sole Witness (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Prominent early, 6th 4 out, ridden from next, weakened straight, 12th of 17, well behind Rich Revival (10-9) at Naas 3m hcp chs sft in Mar.
Tillahow (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, dropped to rear 4 out, no impression under pressure from next, 6th of 7, 46l behind Dedigout (11-2) at Naas 2m 4f nov chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Mar.
Carrigeen Lechuga (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Waited with, lost place 6 out, progress again and kept on without threatening straight, 5th of 13, 21l behind Wilde Wit Pleasure (10-6) at Cork 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Jan.
Pineau De Re (FR) 16-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden into 4th entering straight and 3rd at last, kept on under pressure run-in without really threatening winner, 2nd of 20, 3/4l behind He'llberemembered (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs gs in Mar.
Seriatim (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd 4 out and headway to lead next, ridden approaching last where mistake, kept on under pressure run-in, won at Down Royal 3m beg chase sft in Mar beating Forty Foot Tom (11-12) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Another Palm (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, dropped to rear 4 out, soon weakened, completely tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Droim Toll (9-10) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-145 in May.
Ballinahow Lady (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Prominent, led from 5 out, ridden and strongly pressed from 3 out, headed 2 out, kept on one paced, 5th of 17, 14l behind Rich Revival (10-9) at Naas 3m hcp chs sft in Mar.
Paco Jack (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 12th of 15, well behind Arabella Boy (12-0) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb.
Fever Pitch (IRE) 6-1fav (10-0) Rear of mid-division on inner, 10th 6 out, ridden in 6th before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 10l behind Rich Revival (10-9) at Naas 3m hcp chs sft in Mar.
Zardsky (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 4th and slightly hampered 4 out, left 3rd, ridden into 2nd before 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Hidden Crack (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-123) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
Shabra Charity (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, weakened 5 out, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Hidden Crack (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-123) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
Kingsmoss (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, 8th 3 out, weakened before straight, 7th of 12, 37l behind Murchu (9-11) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Dec.
Montana Slim (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, not always fluent jumping, no extra in 7th approaching straight, 7th of 11, 44l behind Warne (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hts chs sft in Feb.
Forestside (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Towards rear, some headway in 6th 3 out, ridden and no impression in 5th after 2 out, kept on same pace into moderate 3rd run-in, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Seriatim (11-12) at Down Royal 3m beg chase sft in Mar.
Mister Philson (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) With leader, led 6th, headed 7th, led 8th, headed 4 out, every chance last, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Dusky Bob (10-10) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar.
Prince Of Forwards 11-2 (10-0) Always towards rear, pushed along halfway, never a factor, 10th of 14, 49l behind Hidden Crack (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-123) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
High Talk (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) Prominent early and chased clear leader from 2nd, closer from 5th, dropped to 4th before 4 out and no extra after 3 out, 4th of 8, 36l behind Yachvili (10-12) at Downpatrick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov.
Duroob 14-1 (11-8) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 8th of 17, 31l behind Tyrone Tiger (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Mar.