Dual point-to-point winner Carry Each Other made a reasonable debut over fences at Galway and didn't appreciate being sent over hurdles at Navan last time. Hi Big Man has looked in need of further on both starts over the minimum trip and this should be more to his liking but King Of The Refs, though a solid jumper of fences, is still a maiden after 17 career starts and doesn't look the hardiest of battlers. Panther Claw has done nothing wrong and is entitled to improve but ROYAL SAM is given the vote as he jumps well and stays strongly which should be a bonus in what are likely to be testing conditions.
Carry Each Other (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) (poor visibility) tracked leaders, 3rd 4 out, soon ridden and no impression, 4th of 10, 23l behind Drawn N Drank (11-12) at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Hi Big Man (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd early, slight mistake 5th, closer halfway, improved to narrow lead before 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, under pressure in 4th last, kept on same pace to 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Dylan Ross (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs in Nov.
Kiltartan (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders early, slight mistake 2nd, lost place before halfway, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Pride Ofthe Parish (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy, 14 ran.
King Malik (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th approaching 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 21l behind Our Girl Lucy (11-5) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chs sft in Oct.
King Of The Refs (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Soon prominent, struggling to get to winner approaching straight, kept on same pace under pressure, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Thouva (11-12) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs.
Lord Rudi (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th when fell 6 out, in a race won by Thouva (11-12) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs, 7 ran.
Milan Nua (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Soon led, headed after 7th, ridden and dropped to 5th entering straight, no extra from 3 out and weakened, 9th of 18, 33l behind Harpsy Cord (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chase sft in Feb.
Panther Claw (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd when mistake 3 out, ridden in 5th entering straight, no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 15l behind Mount Benbulben (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft.
Rich Revival (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, towards rear halfway, late headway in moderate 9th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 19, 9l behind Toon River (11-12) at Gowran Park 3m mdn hdl in Apr '11.
Royal Sam (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, left 3rd after 3 out and ridden before next, kept on same pace run-in to go 2nd final 50 yards but no threat to winner, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Jetson (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chs sft in Nov.
Shannon Spirit (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no extra from 3 out, 11th of 15, 30l behind Ros Brin (11-2) at Clonmel 2m beg chs.
Temple Castle (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 4th and in touch when fell 3 out, in a race won by Make A Track (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Nov, 12 ran.
Witness Of Fashion (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Alw pr, disp 3out, not qckn 2out, ko, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Soul Season (12-0) at Bennettsbridge 3m ire ptp gs in Feb.
Sweet Maria (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division on inner, 9th halfway, no impression early straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 22l behind Cnoc Seoda (11-2) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
The Bog Road Girl (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, mistake 2nd, soon mid-division, headway into 5th halfway, weakening when mistake 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Its The Ice I Like (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar, 12 ran.