SHIELD has been alternating between Dundalk and hurdling and scored on the Polytrack in January. He's probably been a bit unfortunate not to have scored over timber with his close second to subsequent Grade 3 winner Katie T at Naas a fine effort and he can put matters right. With Robert Tyner still firing in the winners, recent Dromahane points winner Mount Brandon is one to keep an eye on but The Mystro could provide the main threat as he hasn't been beaten far behind useful winners on his two starts over hurdles. Lake Nova couldn't manage a victory on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien but went close on a couple of occasions and is one to keep an eye on.
All The Chimneys (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Towards rear, no danger from 6th, kept on same pace, 11th of 18, well behind Blow The Doors Off (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft.
Allied Victory (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Prominent, disputed lead from 3rd, fell 5 out, in a race won by Ttebbob (11-10) at Naas 3m mdn hdl, 12 ran.
Colms Dream (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of African Waters.
Condagene (IRE) Exit To Nowhere gelding out of Tahaddi Hall.
Grey Brief (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, moderate 10th approaching 6 out, no extra approaching straight, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Wicklow Brave (11-10) at Cork 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Merry Westerner (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Tr ldrs, still cl up & fell 4out, in a race won by Tell Us More (11-9) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp sft in Dec, 16 ran.
Mount Brandon (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Mostly trkd ldr in 2nd & gng well 6out, cl 3rd aftr 4out & rdn 2out, closed bef last where fast jump & ld early flat, so best, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec beating Total Recall (11-9) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Mr Mulliner (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division early, went moderate 6th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 6th of 18, 29l behind Blow The Doors Off (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft.
Royal Chief (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Soon mid-division, no danger from 6th, kept on same pace in moderate 7th approaching straight, 7th of 18, 36l behind Blow The Doors Off (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft.
Royal Shot (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 11th early, no extra approaching straight, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Todd (10-11) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy.
Shield (IRE) 9-4 (11-10) Towards rear, headway from 3 out, ridden in 4th next, led before last, headed early run-in, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Ttebbob (11-10) at Naas 3m mdn hdl.
Star For Life (USA) 33-1 (11-12) Towards rear, closer in moderate 8th approaching straight, jumped left 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 18, 38l behind Blow The Doors Off (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft.
The Mystro (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 5 out, not fluent 4 out, collided with rival jumping 3 out, 4th before straight, no impression in 7th when not fluent 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 18, 7l behind Bonzo Bing (11-1) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl.
Lough Lass (IRE) Kayf Tara mare out of Gazza's Girl.
Kahdian (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, mistake 3rd, slight mistake 5th, lost place after mistake 6th, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression 3 out, 7th of 12, 35l behind Kitten Rock (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
Lake Nova (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Waited with in rear, 12th approaching straight, improved to challenge from 2f out, no impression under pressure in 8th and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 14, 4l behind Vote Of Confidence (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Oct (flat).