It's not surprising that Gordon Elliott sends TRENDELENBURG on a retrieval mission after he finished a well-backed runner-up to Ardglen on his handicap debut at Limerick on Tuesday. He can race from the same mark here and the handicapper is certain to raise him a few pounds. Providing he is none the worse he can gain compensation though Almanyan can prove a worthy opponent. Adrian McGuinness' charge ran a cracking race when a close third to Fool's Wildcat at Punchestown in October and a recent run on the Flat at Dundalk will have put him straight for this. Retrievethelegend reverts to hurdling on a mark 28lb lower than over fences and though only successful once over timber can have his say on these terms. Manger Hanagment produced his best-ever run when runner-up to Drive On Joe at Limerick on Thursday and a repeat would see him in the frame for this.
Oh So Humbel (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Ld til jnd 6out, 3rd & fell 4out, in a race won by Send For Paddy (12-0) at Maralin 3m ire ptp sft in Nov, 11 ran.
Nuvelli (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Led and soon clear, reduced advantage 5 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, no extra and weakened, 7th of 12, 22l behind Bale O'shea (10-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Dec.
Chevalier Country (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Led, joined before 4 out, soon headed, remained prominent, ridden and weakened straight, last of 14, 19l behind Sweet Shock (10-6) at Naas 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Oct.
Bobsthewizard (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 5th 4 out, soon weakened, behind when unseated rider last, in a race won by Bale O'shea (10-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Almanyan (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway approaching 7th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 10th of 11, 21l behind Pyracantha (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Retrievethelegend (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Raced keenly, in touch on outside when blundered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Alderburn (11-3) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Oct, 13 ran.
Energiser (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Towards rear, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 12th of 20, 22l behind Saville Row (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 6f mdn hdl in Nov.
Toomdeely (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Prominent, weakened from 4 out, 16th of 20, well behind Killeenmore (11-6) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Mister Farmer (FR) 16-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway in 7th before straight, 6th 3 out, ridden in 4th 2 out, stayed on to challenge last, led run-in and kept on well under pressure, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Mar beating Barcardero (11-4) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Garamor Boy (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 4th on inner after 3 out, soon ridden, disputing 3rd when fell at last, in a race won by Whiskey Hall (10-2) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 8Evens09 in Oct, 17 ran.
Top Four (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, no extra from 3 out, 16th of 17, 44l behind Osirixamix (10-12) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Ballylanigan (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, no extra after 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 18, 22l behind Tilly Ann (9-12) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Nov.
Trendelenburg (IRE) 9-4fav (10-13) Mid-division, headway into 4th 4 out, 2nd after 3 out, ridden and mistake 2 out, soon no impression on winner, 2nd of 17, 4l behind Ardglen (11-1) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 in Dec.
Manger Hanagment (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up, progress to track leaders 4 out, led before straight, soon joined, headed approaching 2 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 17, 7l behind Drive On Jim (10-5) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec.
Midnight Present (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden approaching straight, soon no extra and weakened, 11th of 17, well behind Gagewell Flyer (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Catleen (IRE) 9-2 (10-5) Mid-divsion, headway after 2nd, went 2nd 5th until after next, 3rd and beaten when bad mistake last, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Along Came Rosie (10-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Noble Way (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Towards rear, some headway from 4 out, kept on one pace in straight, 7th of 18, 23l behind Ballinahow Lady (11-7) at Naas 3m mdn hdl in Nov.