Raydari improved tremendously on the Flat over the winter and was well supported on his return to hurdling at Roscommon where he won with something in hand. The assessor was certainly impressed, raising him an astonishing 18lb, but that still shouldn't prevent a big run. Carlowsantana is rated 17lb less over hurdles than fences so it's no surprise to see him turning up here and he'll enjoy any cut in the ground while Admiral Hawke showed much improved form when attempting to make the running at Gowran and must be in with a shout here as he was only caught close home. ALADDINS CAVE landed a Fairyhouse handicap the last time he was seen over timber in November. He then completed a quick double on Polytrack at Dundalk and has been running well in strong handicaps on the Flat so this looks his chance from a favourable handicap mark. Anshan Dreams won a handicap here in September and has to be considered despite his big weight.
Anshan Dreams 12-1 (11-5) Made all, challenged 2 out, led travelling well entering straight, pushed out briefly run-in, comfortably, won at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Sep beating Churchfield Champ (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Liberty's Gift (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Led, joined approaching straight, soon in front again until joined 3 out, soon headed, no impression in 3rd when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 8, 10l behind Tribes And Banner (10-10) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gf.
Ted Dolly (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, 6th of 7, 19l behind Silk Hall (11-0) at Tipperary 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) gf.
Usa (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear early, mid-division halfway, 6th 4 out, improved to 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, no extra 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Rawnaq (10-2) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl gf.
Dont Tell Pa (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Mid-division, 11th 2 out and no extra from early straight, 15th of 24, 17l behind Tennis Cap (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Hurricane Ridge (IRE) 2-1fav (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, close 3rd and slightly short of room on inner when when mistake 3 out, soon ridden in 2nd, kept on well run-in to press winner close home, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Zabana (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo hdl gf in Jun.
Bombadero (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Towards rear, 9th approaching 3 out (usual 4 out), soon no impression, 10th of 12, well behind Gudnis Gracious Me (10-8) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in Jun.
Aladdins Cave 3-1fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, closer in 4th on outer 2 out, soon ridden, close 3rd at last, stayed on well to lead inside final furlong, won at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Nov beating Shesonlyahorse (10-12) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Raydari (FR) 9-4fav (11-9) Tracked leaders on inner and 3rd halfway, headway early straight and travelled best to lead between final 2, kept on well run-in, comfortably, won at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf beating A Word Apart (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 18 ran.
First Trim (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Soon mid-division, 10th after 3 out, headway next, no impression under pressure in 3rd and kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Carlingford Lough (11-0) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul '11.
Whatever It Takes (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden into 4th 3 out, no impression 2 out, 3rd last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Imperial Shabra (10-5) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf.
Wither Hills (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway into 5th after 2 out, ridden in 4th and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 6l behind Sir Lynx (10-10) at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Jun.
Carlowsantana (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Led, headed before 3rd, soon moderate 2nd, 3rd 5 out, ridden in 4th entering straight, no extra from 2 out, 8th of 14, 24l behind Tribes And Banner (10-11) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs in May.
Classic Event (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, no extra from before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Wing It Lady (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Mar, 14 ran.
Habesh (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, ridden from 2 out, no impression before last, 6th of 8, well behind Call Me Bubbles (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo hdl hvy in May.
Mazagee (FR) 10-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, weakened when pulled up after 6 out, in a race won by Hevelius (10-10) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Jun '12, 15 ran.
Admiral Hawke (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Prominent, led 4 out, ridden from 2 out, strongly pressed from last, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 19, 1/2l behind Alexander Leaving (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Jun.
Hevelius 12-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, no impression from 5 out, behind straight, 11th of 15, well behind Boxer Beat (11-6) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs 0-109 gf.
Coolking 7-1 (11-11) Soon behind, pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Breffni Gael (10-6) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-102 in Jun, 12 ran.
Foot Soldier (IRE) 5-2fav (10-10) Tracked leaders on inner and bit off pace in 4th after halfway, much closer in 3rd 2 out and tried to challenge last, no impression run-in and dropped to 3rd, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Oscar Wings (9-10) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gd.
Regusci (IRE) 7-4fav (11-6) Rear of mid-division early, swift headway into 2nd halfway, challenged 5 out, led after 4 out, rider lost iron briefly and headed entering straight, 3rd and still travelling when fell 2 out, in a race won by The Boat People (11-2) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in May, 19 ran.
Tynaghs Trooper (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 2 out, 3rd last, kept on same pace run-in, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Ontheground (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gf.
Mudaffar (USA) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, improved to lead 2 out, soon ridden and headed, no extra before last, 4th of 16, 9l behind Jack The Hat (10-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.