Warne won this last year and is very useful at this level but faces a stiff task against SEABASS and Tammys Hill. The former has won six of his 16 starts over fences and started favourite for last year's Grand National. He'll be heading back to Aintree for another go and the fact that he's still rated 153 over fences suggests he should easily have the measure of these hunters. Tammys Hill was beaten by Warne a year ago when odds-on but made amends later and arrives in very good form having beaten On The Fringe at Leopardstown a couple of weeks ago. He won't go down without a fight and it will be a surprise if anything else can get involved against this trio with Nedzer's Return possibly the best of them.
Tammys Hill (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, 3rd at 9th, dropped to 5th 3 out, progress approaching last and 2nd early run-in, briefly short of room and led inside final 100 yards, kept on well close home, won at Leopardstown 3m hts chs beating On The Fringe (12-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Seabass (IRE) 3-1fav (10-5) 6th of 15, 13l behind Pibrac (10-5) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 6f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Jun.
Warne (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, progress into 3rd approaching straight, ridden and no impression on leader in 2nd before last, dropped to 3rd and kept on one pace run-in, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Tammys Hill (12-0) at Leopardstown 3m hts chs.
Burren River (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, progress to go 2nd after 3 out, ridden entering straight, no impression in 4th when pecked last, no extra run-in, 5th of 8, 11l behind Tammys Hill (12-0) at Leopardstown 3m hts chs.
James (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, ran freely, pulled way into 4th briefly before 10th, 7th entering straight and ridden to go 5th before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 6l behind Tammys Hill (12-0) at Leopardstown 3m hts chs.
Forde In America (IRE) 6-1 (12-2) Ld/disp frm 3rd, hdd bef 2out & rddn to fight back on inner to dispute & travelling best, lft well clr last, won at Templenacarriga 3m ire ptp hvy in Jan beating Beneficiarius (12-2) by dis, 11 ran.
Linnel (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, slight mistake 3rd, led before 8th, headed 7 out, 3rd and mistake 5 out, ridden in 4th 3 out, no extra before 2 out, weakened, 8th of 12, 22l behind Carsonstown Boy (11-2) at Thurles 3m hts chs sft in Jan.
Made In Taipan (IRE) 6-1 (12-2) Rr, 10th 1/2way, fell 4out, in a race won by The Hollinwell (12-2) at Punchestown 3m ire ptp, 14 ran.
Nedzer's Return (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 2 out, kept on into 4th before last, no extra in 5th last, kept on one pace, 5th of 16, 8l behind Love Rory (11-11) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy.
In The Way (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Mid div, tr ldrs 1/2 way, wknd to rr 5out, pu 3out, in a race won by Lusey Rocks (11-11) at Tyrella 3m ire ptp sft, 13 ran.
Wish Ye Didnt (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Alw twrds rr, 8th 1/2way & last brfly bef 4out, prog in 6th bef 3out, no impr bef 2out, wknd 2out & pu bef last in 5th, in a race won by Ballyadam Dancer (12-2) at Killeagh 3m ire ptp gs in Jan, 12 ran.