Jim Bowie has never won over fences and his best recent efforts have been over hurdles. Hidden Present hasn't won a race since 2011 yet is still higher in the weights while winning point-to-pointer Monks Return is still a maiden under Rules. It's hard to know what Hero De Villeneuve is doing at the head of the weights so, in a poor contest, PRESWELL LAD is given the nod. He landed a Tramore handicap last January, the last time he was on this sort of mark over fences, and his rider's claim can see him home.
Hero De Villeneuve (FR) 20-1 (11-11) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 6th of 14, 40l behind Back Off Mate (11-11) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs in Oct.
Hidden Present (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 7l behind Refused A Name (10-12) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116.
Jim Bowie (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Held up, towards rear halfway, progress into 9th before straight, ridden in 5th and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 20, 9l behind Green Energy (11-0) at Down Royal 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95.
Urban Gale (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Chased leader, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra after 4 out, weakened, 17th of 18, well behind Getoutwhenyoucan (11-3) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Jan.
Preswell Lad (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Led, disputed after 3rd, headed 2 out, soon ridden, under pressure in 5th before last, kept on to 3rd run-in, no impression on leaders, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Snowell (10-11) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Feb.
Monks Return (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Soon chased leaders, 4th approaching 6 out, led approaching 4 out, headed approaching straight, no extra and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 18, 16l behind Knock Beauty (10-9) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Feb.
Bills Official (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Soon mid-division, dropped towards rear 6th, no extra 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 18, well behind Witness Of Fashion (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Feb.
Personal Shopper 18-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, progress into 9th 4 out, ridden and no extra 3 out, kept on one pace, 10th of 20, 27l behind Green Energy (11-0) at Down Royal 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95.
The Bog Road Girl (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Towards rear, ducked left at 6th and mistake, pushed along from 7th, soon no danger, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Knock Beauty (10-9) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Feb, 18 ran.
Ishlana 12-1 (11-6) Pr early, rdn & wknd 1/2 way, rr & pu 4out, in a race won by Uppertown Society (11-6) at The Pigeons 3m ire ptp hvy, 12 ran.
Robertstown Rover (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Towards rear, a little slow at 6th, not fluent 7 out, moderate 7th 5 out, soon weakened, completely tailed off, 6th of 15, well behind Sherika (10-6) at Limerick 3m hcp chs 0-109 hvy.