The very testing conditions were ideal for Forjoethepainter at Limerick last month and he gained a convincing success. He's been raised 7lb but with his rider able to claim almost half back he will be difficult to beat. However, FIVE POINT PLAN, who was beaten 17l into fifth, was travelling well for much of the way before fading at the last and with a decent pull in the weights a chance is taken that he can reverse the form and gain his first success over timber. Tipped Up Harry was suited by soft ground when scoring at Cork but today's ground will be much more testing and may not suit. Mister First looks a threat as he had been running quite well over fences before being brought down when reverting to hurdles at Limerick and can run from a very favourable mark.
Five Point Plan (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Waited with, progress in pursuit of clear leader from before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 5th of 11, 19l behind Forjoethepainter (10-10) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.
Mister First (FR) 13-2 (11-12) Waited with, brought down after 3rd, in a race won by Henrietta's Way (10-11) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-103 hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Forjoethepainter (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Soon mid-division, plenty to do but progress from 3 out, led before next, soon in command, stayed on well, won at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec beating I'lltelimar King (11-1) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Tipped Up Harry 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway into 5th 4 out, soon 2nd, led before straight, ridden and challenged 2 out, kept on under pressure, all out close home, won at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Dec beating Thats The Dream (11-1) by shd, 20 ran.
Peace In The West (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division on inner, 6th halfway, headway approaching 3 out and 3rd 2 out, ridden and no impression in 4th before last, no extra, 5th of 11, 9l behind Missie Ella (10-1) at Thurles 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Dec.
Doctor Woodfield (IRE) 4-1 (10-10) Waited with towards rear, no extra from 2 out (normal 4 out), pulled up 3f out, in a race won by Valley Of Thrushes (9-10) at Limerick 2m 6f Handicap Chase (0-123) (10yo+) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Lord Multifix (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Mid-division on inner, pushed along in 7th halfway and dropped to rear 4 out, ridden in 8th 3 out and no impression in 7th before last, kept on one pace run-in, 5th of 10, 9l behind Court Jester (10-4) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.