Paddy The Oscar was having just his second start over fences when landing a beginners' chase at Thurles by 19l but it was a poor race and the handicapper may have overreacted. Pontiac didn't beat much at Gowran but BAREL OF LAUGHS will find this much less daunting than at Cheltenham in November where he ran very well behind Swing Bill and Jim Culloty's charge is handed the vote in a very open contest. Molly's Boy had Scavenger Lad 3l behind at Navan but this is much tougher and Talab is still a maiden and looks high enough in the weights. Shellys Creek did everything right when slamming her field at Gowran but the combination of a 10lb rise and much quicker ground makes this a much more difficult task.
Mister First (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Settled towards rear, never a factor, no impression from 2 out and kept on one pace, 9th of 16, 22l behind Cadogan (11-1) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
Paddy The Oscar (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Prominent in chasing group, closed 6 out, soon 2nd, on terms approaching 3 out and soon led, ridden clear from before straight, stayed on well, easily, won at Thurles 3m beg chase in Mar beating West Cork Flash (11-5) by 16l, 11 ran.
Pontiac (FR) 13-2 (11-12) Made all, pressed entering straight, ridden 3 out, kept on well from before next, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f beg chase in Mar beating Se Beag (11-9) by 4l, 15 ran.
Rubert (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Mid-division, moderate 7th 4 out, soon ridden, kept on one paced from 2 out, 4th of 12, 14l behind Odonimee (11-12) at Wexford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-123 sft in Mar.
Prince Of Milan (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Mid-division, 5th 4 out, soon ridden, 4th entering straight, kept on one paced, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Odonimee (11-12) at Wexford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-123 sft in Mar.
Barel Of Laughs (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 13th, headway approaching 4 out, ridden next, outpaced by leaders, went 3rd when jumped left and bumped last, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 13, 19l behind Swing Bill (11-1) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Nov.
Marble House (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Mid-division, 10th halfway, some headway into 6th after 4 out, ridden and no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 9l behind Cadogan (11-1) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
Sizing Santiago (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Took keen hold in rear of mid-division, mistake 5th, no impression from 3 out, 6th of 12, 15l behind Odonimee (11-12) at Wexford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-123 sft in Mar.
Caduceus (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden early straight, no impression and kept on one pace from 2 out, 7th of 16, 10l behind Cadogan (11-1) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
Scavenger Lad (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, smooth headway to lead after 3 out, strongly pressed and headed approaching last, no impression under pressure run-in and dropped to 3rd, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Molly's Boy (10-13) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 sft in Mar.
Molly's Boy 3-1fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, good headway to go 2nd after 3 out, led approaching last, driven out and kept on well run-in, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 sft in Mar beating Good Luck Chuck (10-0) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Forestside (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, 3rd 3 out, 2nd before next but no impression on winner approaching last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Barnlands Boy (11-12) at Down Royal 3m beg chase sft in Mar.
Asymmetrical (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) In rear, some headway from 3 out, went moderate 5th entering straight, no impression under pressure from last, 5th of 12, 14l behind Odonimee (11-12) at Wexford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-123 sft in Mar.
Talab 11-4fav (9-13) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, mistake 5 out, lost place before next, 8th 3 out, ridden in 6th 2 out, kept on run-in to 2nd close home, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Duroob (9-7) at Downpatrick 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Mar.
Accordion To Paddy (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Towards rear, never a factor, some headway into moderate 5th 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 18l behind Profit Margin (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f cnd hcp chs (0-109) in Jan.
Dont Tell De Purty 8-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra before 5 out, weakened, 7th of 15, well behind Shellys Creek (9-10) at Gowran Park 3m hcp chs 0-116 in Mar.
Oscar Barton (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 4th 3 out, 3rd before next but soon no impression on winner, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Barnlands Boy (11-12) at Down Royal 3m beg chase sft in Mar.
Shellys Creek (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead 5 out, challenged entering straight, ridden to assert before 2 out, kept on well, won at Gowran Park 3m hcp chs 0-116 in Mar beating Mister Farmer (11-1) by 10l, 15 ran.
Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 9-2fav (10-1) Prominent, 4th 4 out, ridden from next, 3rd 2 out, no impression and dropped to 4th at last, 4th of 12, 9l behind China Goes Green (10-8) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Mar.
Lusiad (IRE) 11-1 (10-2) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden into moderate 4th entering straight, no impression and kept on one pace, 4th of 15, 32l behind Shellys Creek (9-10) at Gowran Park 3m hcp chs 0-116 in Mar.
Yeoman (FR) 5-1fav (9-11) Waited with towards rear, some headway after 3 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 17l behind Caduceus (10-2) at Clonmel 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-123) (5yo+) sft in Mar.