Dogora, unbeaten in two starts since arriving from France, will probably start a short-priced favourite after his battling success over Dalasiri at Gowran. Willie Mullins' grey looked in need of the experience that day and is certain to have come on but there are lines of form suggesting STOCKTONS WING should have his measure. Dalasiri subsequently went to Leopardstown for the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle but was beaten a long way by Our Conor. Blood Cotil, who had earlier beaten the selection by 3l over this course and distance, was 22l in front of Dalasiri so Charles O'Brien's charge has the advantage on that form. South South West and One Fine Day were all behind Stocktons Wing in that event over track and trip and along with Volt Sun look held.
Dogora (FR) 2-5fav (11-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, slight mistake 1st, pushed along to challenge 2 out and soon led, edged left last and drifted right under pressure run-in, held on, won at Gowran Park 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Jan beating Dalasiri (11-0) by hd, 5 ran.
South South West (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Led and clear, reduced advantage 2 out, ridden and headed entering straight, kept on same pace under pressure from last, 4th of 7, 9l behind Blood Cotil (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo hdl Grd 2 (1) sft in Dec.
Stocktons Wing (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Raced in moderate 2nd, took closer order 2 out, disputed lead entering straight, headed approaching last, rider dropped whip, kept on, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Blood Cotil (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo hdl Grd 2 (1) sft in Dec.
Volt Sun (FR) 25-1 (10-4) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden 3 out and soon no chance with first 2, kept on one pace and lost 3rd run-in, 4th of 5, 31l behind Dogora (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Jan.
One Fine Day (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders on inner, ridden in 4th 2 out, soon no impression, 5th of 13, 33l behind Fatcatinthehat (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Jan.