King Of The Refs is still a maiden over timber after nine starts but his turn isn't far off as he showed with a fine run behind Ros Brin at Leopardstown. A 4lb rise won't help his cause but his rider can claim 5lb and a big run is anticipated. Station Lane created a shock when scoring at Down Royal a couple of weeks ago but she'd been in contention when falling there on her previous start and is obviously on the upgrade. Winning point-to-pointer Dog Barrel Hill was having his first start over hurdles when scoring at Limerick and there's more to come from him as there is from Lookoutnow, though his hat-trick attempt may be foiled by an 8lb rise for his latest victory at Thurles. The assessor has taken exception to CLASHNABROOK's easy victory over 2m4f here and raised him 10lb but such was the ease of that success that he's probably still ahead of the handicapper and can complete a quick double.
King Of The Refs (IRE) 18-1 (11-2) Held towards rear on outer, headway into 8th 3 out, 4th travelling well entering straight, 3rd before last and wandered under pressure run-in, kept on same pace to go 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 20, 3 1/2l behind Ros Brin (10-8) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jan.
Station Lane (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, some headway after halfway and tracked leaders in 10th 3 out, went 4th 2 out, progress to go 2nd at last, kept on well run-in to lead final strides, won at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy beating Beef To The Heels (11-4) by hd, 20 ran.
Dog Barrel Hill (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led and disputed, 2nd before 6 out, not fluent next, led before straight, stayed on best under pressure to assert run-in, won at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Castlerock Rose (11-5) by 4l, 6 ran.
Son of My Heart (USA) 7-1 (10-9) Towards rear, progress 4 out, no impression from before next, 10th of 15, 47l behind Regal Ambition (9-10) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl in Jul.
Tirmoyle (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, close 6th halfway, no impression in 5th from early straight, no extra, 7th of 12, 13l behind Touch Back (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Masked Phantom (IRE) 3-1fav (10-6) Prominent, on terms 3 out, led before straight, bad mistake 2 out, headed before last, soon dropped to 3rd and no impression, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Pass The Hat (11-3) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Jan.
Lookoutnow (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Made all, attempted to assert under pressure approaching straight, reduced lead and pressed approaching last, stayed on best run-in, won at Thurles 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Dec beating Rockyaboya (11-11) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Clashnabrook (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, headway to lead travelling well after 2 out, ridden clear before last, kept on well, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy beating Too Late To Sell (11-5) by 6l, 16 ran.
Sarsfields Legend (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, soon ridden, no extra before next, 4th of 9, 22l behind Changing Times (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 8Evens16 hvy.
Grey Area (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Attempted to make all, headed from 6th, ridden in 2nd from 3 out, no impression on winner from next, dropped to moderate 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Changing Times (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 8Evens16 hvy.