Torphichen will be strongly fancied for this as he followed a victory on the Flat at the Curragh with a battling success over fences at Gowran, though it's his close third to Realt Dubh in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in December that points to his obvious chance. However, the concession of 21lb to KILFLORA may prove just beyond him and Philip Fenton's charge, who was having just his fourth start over fences when beating the fancied Killultagh Queen at Thurles, looks on an attractive mark. Edward O'Grady, who saddles Torphichen, also has a live danger in Armaramak, a close second to the useful Beau Michael on fast ground last July and likely to make further progress. Wickham Street disappointed at Clonmel but his earlier victory at Tipperary puts him in the mix despite being 3lb out of the handicap.
Torphichen 5-6fav (11-12) Prominent, on terms approaching 5th, led next, clear approaching 4 out, kept on same pace run-in and holding on near finish, won at Gowran Park 2m 2f chs gd beating Idarah (11-12) by nk, 8 ran.
Osirixamix (IRE) Evensfav (11-9) Chased leader in 2nd, keen hold, 3rd 4 out, weakened quickly approaching 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Gentle Alice (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs sft in Feb, 6 ran.
Gentle Alice (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Led before 2nd, joined from 6 out, led travelling well from 3 out, ridden and strongly pressed 2 out, headed last, dropped to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Aura About You (10-11) at Limerick 2m 6f mrs nov chs Gr3 (1) sft in Mar.
Jigalo (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on outer, 4th halfway, 5th 3 out, 3rd after 2 out, 2nd approaching last, no impression run-in, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Askthemaster (10-4) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Dec.
Uncle Tom Cobley (IRE) 15-2 (11-1) Led and disputed, ridden and headed after 3 out, no extra when mistake 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 19l behind Coscorrig (10-13) at Navan 2m nov chs in Mar.
Armaramak (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Held up in touch in 5th, progress approaching 3 out, 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, no impression from last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Glantara (11-12) at Killarney 2m 4f nov chs gf in Aug.
Kakagh (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, reminders 5 out, under pressure before 3 out, soon no extra, 4th of 6, 15l behind The Hurl (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f nov chs sft in Jan.
Penny's Bill (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, moderate 4th before straight, no impression under pressure in 5th and kept on same pace from before last, 7th of 14, 10l behind Se Beag (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 sft in Mar.
Moville (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 9th halfway, headway into 5th 5 out, close 3rd before straight, ridden 3 out, no extra in 3rd 2 out, 4th before last, left 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 9l behind Uncle Junior (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f beg chase sft in Mar.
Norther Bay (FR) 11-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, weakened before 3 out, eased from next, 3rd of 4, 22l behind Loosen My Load (11-5) at Punchestown 2m 2f nov chs (1) gd in Oct.
Kilflora 9-2 (11-12) Soon raced in poor 3rd, closed approaching 3 out, 2nd straight, soon challenged, stayed on best from last to lead late run-in, won at Thurles 2m 2f beg chase in Mar beating Killultagh Queen (11-7) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Un Hinged (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Held up, keen hold and progress 5th, no impression under pressure in 4th and kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 8, 7l behind Torphichen (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f chs gd.
Wickham Street (IRE) 9-10fav (11-12) Held up in touch, progress into 3rd before halfway, close up after 3 out, no extra after 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Warcraft (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f nov chs gd in Jun.