Jupitor, who had been running well in bumpers, made a winning debut over timber in heavy ground at Punchestown but makes his handicap debut with a big weight. The veteran SELECTION BOX showed himself to be in fine shape by scoring over fences at Galway last month. He can race over hurdles on a 13lb lower mark and with his rider claiming 7lb he should complete the double. Raajih has been going well enough but is 22lb higher than when gaining his only success over timber while Happy New Year has yet to win a race of any kind. Underdefloorboards ran poorly at Punchestown and may have had enough as that was his tenth run since July.
Jupitor (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Held up towards rear, went 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, led before last, strongly pressed run-in, all out to hold on, won at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Oct beating Fergiethelegend (11-12) by nk, 8 ran.
Selection Box (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, not fluent 2 out, closed and on terms before straight, soon led, stayed on well to draw clear inside final furlong, won at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Oct beating Zardsky (10-0) by 4l, 8 ran.
Tepalo (FR) 3-1fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, ridden from 3 out, 7th next, no extra, 7th of 9, 10l behind Aladdins Cave (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Saddlenomore (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Towards rear, pulled up quickly after 6th (lame post race), in a race won by Labeille (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Mar, 15 ran.
Raajih 6-1 (11-5) Soon chased leaders, 4th before 2 out, kept on under pressure without getting to 1st 2 run-in, 3rd of 19, 2l behind Street Runner (10-2) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gs in Aug.
Bonifacio (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Towards rear, mistake 5th, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 7th of 11, 15l behind Medicinal Compound (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy.
Underdefloorboards (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Prominent, led before 6th, joined 7th, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened, 8th of 16, 40l behind Last Time D'albain (11-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Oct.
Volkis O'blue (FR) 7-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway into moderate 5th 5 out, ridden and weakened entering straight, last of 10, well behind Ballyfinboy (10-0) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109.
A New Story (IRE) 28-1 (10-1) Waited with, no impression from before 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Raz De Maree (11-3) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150, 17 ran.
Happy New Year (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along before 3 out, ridden in 2nd 2 out, under pressure in 3rd entering straight, kept on same pace to 2nd run-in, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Followmeuptocarlow (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.