Salsify won this last year before heading for Cheltenham and taking the Foxhunter. He's been beaten fairly and squarely by TAMMYS HILL in his two runs this season and with ground conditions still likely to favour Liam Lennon's charge there's no reason for a form reversal and he can score again. Mossey Joe came out of the point-to-point field with a big reputation in 2010 and that looked entirely justified when he easily landed a Grade 3 hurdle at Cork. He hasn't reached the heights expected, however, but has performed with credit at a high level and must be respected. Equus Maximus beat Oscar Delta narrowly at Thurles but both have more to do along with the remainder.
Ballyvoile (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Mostly trkd ldr in 2nd until 3rd 3out, rddn in cl en 4th 2out, 12l 3rd well bef last, kow to hold on for 3rd, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Long Strand (11-4) at Aghabullogue 3m ire ptp sft in Jan.
Boxing Along (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Mostly 3rd, 2nd gng well 4out, 3rd & btn 2out, no ex & up 2out, went 2nd bef last, no ch with wnr, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Oscar Delta (11-4) at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec.
Equus Maximus (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Settled in mid-division, good headway approaching straight and challenged 2 out, led before last and ridden run-in, edged right and driven right out to hold on, won at Thurles 3m hts chs hvy in Jan beating Oscar Delta (11-4) by nk, 13 ran.
Frankie Figg (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ld til chall last, not go with wnr, ko, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Hoopy (12-0) at Punchestown 3m ire ptp hvy.
Good Egg (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, mistake 5th, never a factor, 10th of 17, 37l behind Tammys Hill (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 7f hts chs hvy in Dec.
Goonyella (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Always prominent, led after 6th until headed before 10th, led again approaching straight until headed and dropped to 3rd 2 out, kept on under pressure run-in, not reach winner and bit short of room near line, 3rd of 13, 1/2l behind Equus Maximus (11-7) at Thurles 3m hts chs hvy in Jan.
Merchant Royal (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, pushed along approaching straight, 5th 2 out and no impression in 4th before last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 17, 13l behind Tammys Hill (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 7f hts chs hvy in Dec.
Montana Slim (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th and no extra 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 4th of 18, 11l behind Thegreatjohnbrowne (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct '10.
Mossey Joe (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) 2nd of 7, 26l behind Torphichen (10-13) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp chs sft in Sep.
Not Before Eight (IRE) 11-8 (11-4) Mid div, prog to ld 3out, chal bef last, kow to line, won at Tyrella 3m ire ptp gs beating Northern Alliance (12-0) by 2l, 9 ran.
Oscar Delta (IRE) 5-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders in 5th, went 3rd 4 out and headway to lead 2 out, strongly pressed and headed before last, rallied under pressure run-in but not quite reach winner, 2nd of 13, nk behind Equus Maximus (11-7) at Thurles 3m hts chs hvy in Jan.
Salsify (IRE) 9-4fav (11-11) Held up and took keen hold, good headway to challenge 3 out, led briefly approaching next where headed, no impression on winner before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 17, 3 1/2l behind Tammys Hill (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 7f hts chs hvy in Dec.
Send For Paddy (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division on inner, headway 4 out and 3rd approaching next, no impression in 4th when mistake 2 out, no extra, 5th of 17, 18l behind Tammys Hill (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 7f hts chs hvy in Dec.
Solstice Knight (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Tr ldr in 2nd, on terms at last, kow to ld on run-in, won at Nenagh 3m ire ptp hvy in Jan beating Nedzer's Return (10-11) by 2l, 9 ran.
Tammys Hill (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Settled in mid-division, good headway approaching straight and challenged before 2 out where led, kept on well run-in, won at Down Royal 2m 7f hts chs hvy in Dec beating Salsify (11-11) by 3 1/2l, 17 ran.
Twin Joy 2-1 (12-0) Mid div, rcd 5th 1/2way, gd prog to chall 2out, qcknd clr before mstk last, sow to line, won at Ballydarragh 3m ire ptp gs in Dec beating Fort George (12-0) by 3l, 12 ran.
Warne (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 8l 3rd aftr 4out, rdn to close 2out, kow late, won at Ballinaboola 3m ire ptp sft in Jan beating Mandy Carroll (10-13) by 7l, 9 ran.