Won In The Dark landed this in 2010 and has finished runner-up for the past two years. He hasn't been in the best of form but shouldn't be discounted though it's a very strong line-up this year headed by BLACKSTAIRMOUNTAIN and Whatuthink. The former, third in last year's Galway Plate and a Grade 1 winner over both hurdles and fences, has reverted to the smaller obstacles in great style and should have the legs of his main rival, who may find this on the short side nowadays. High-class chaser Noble Prince, the 2011 Jewson winner at Cheltenham, is engaged in the Coral Cup at the Festival and hasn't run since October so may just need this to put the edge on him. Mossley was a long way behind Whatuthink last time but is better than that though he's currently a 100/1 chance for the World Hurdle.
Mount Colah (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Led and clear, reduced advantage 3 out, ridden and headed before last, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 11l behind Dressedtothenines (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Feb.
Pageboy (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Raced in 3rd, niggled along 4 out, 4th approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, 5th of 6, 32l behind Love Rory (11-3) at Limerick 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Dec.
Whatuthink (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Led, niggled along and headed 3rd, ridden and dropped to rear 5th, soon trailing, regained contact with the field after 4 out, no impression in moderate 5th and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 5th of 6, 26l behind On His Own (11-3) at Navan 2m 5f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Blackstairmountain (IRE) 4-7fav (11-5) Soon chased leader in poor 2nd, jumped a bit left 5 out, closed from 2 out and challenged last, led run-in and stayed on well, won at Cork 2m hdl in Jan beating Arnaud (11-7) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Gimli's Rock (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden along 6 out, slight mistake next, no impression from 3 out, 5th of 8, 21l behind Sea Of Thunder (11-0) at Clonmel 3m nov chs gf in Sep.
Made In Taipan (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Soon towards rear, some headway from 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace straight, 11th of 16, 24l behind Ainama (10-5) at Roscommon 3m hcp chs gs in Jun.
Mossley (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Chased leader, 3rd 3 out, ridden and no extra before 2 out, weakened, 5th of 6, 44l behind Whatuthink (11-5) at Navan 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) in Nov.
Won In The Dark (IRE) 28-1 (11-10) Settled towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace, 14th of 24, 16l behind Tennis Cap (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, progress to lead 4 out, ridden and headed entering straight, soon weakened to 3rd, no impression, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Call The Police (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f chs hvy in Feb.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no extra before last, 7th of 11, 23l behind Lastoftheleaders (11-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs hvy in Feb.
Noble Prince (GER) 5-1 (11-4) Held up behind, outpaced 5 out, plugged on from 2 out, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 41l behind For Non Stop (10-11) at Aintree 2m 4f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Saddlers Storm (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway into 6th 5 out, ridden 3 out, no extra in 7th entering straight, slightly hampered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Raz De Maree (10-4) at Limerick 3m hcp chs sft in Oct, 14 ran.
Takeyourcapoff (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Chased clear leader in 3rd, closer fom 4 out, 2nd approaching straight, short of room and switched left in 4th after 2 out, no extra run-in, 5th of 6, 9l behind Plan A (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl gd in Sep '11.
Victrix Gale (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway in 11th before straight, ridden into 5th 2 out, stayed on into 2nd last, no impression winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Coole Avenue (10-4) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl hvy in Sep.