APT APPROACH has attained a rating of 148 over fences and though he ran poorly at Aintree and Punchestown on his final two starts in April he's a genuine class act and can take this before reverting to fences. The Bishop Looney is also much better know for his exploits over the bigger obstacles but he's very useful over timber and is tried in first-time blinkers. Gates Of Rome hasn't run over timber since April 2010 and would have something to find with the selection on chase ratings while French recruit Earlson Gray will probably be going chasing in the near future though he's shown a reasonable level of form over timber.
The Bishop Looney (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra before straight, 8th of 11, 20l behind Quietly Fancied (10-7) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl sft in Nov.
Apt Approach (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Waited with, slight mistake 8th, moderate 7th 4 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 8, 30l behind China Rock (11-10) at Punchestown 3m 1f chs G1 (1) hvy in Apr.
Earlson Gray (FR) 20-1 (10-10) Settled 4th early, soon held up towards rear, improved to 4th 4 out, ridden in 3rd 2 out, no impression entering straight, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Un Beau Matin (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 6f hdl hvy in Nov.
Gates Of Rome (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Led and disputed, 2nd 4 out, bad mistake and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Tarquinius (9-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Nov, 9 ran.
Prince Rudi (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division on outer, 11th halfway, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 7th of 16, 45l behind Sweeney Tunes (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs in Oct.
Uncle Tom Cobley (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Soon led and clear for much, reduced lead approaching 3 out, headed before straight, soon dropped to 3rd and no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 22l behind Shrapnel (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft in Nov.
Civena (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, kept on same pace straight, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Away We Go (11-8) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Oct.
Knockcroghery (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight and no extra after 2 out, 8th of 16, 23l behind Cnoc Seoda (11-2) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.