Dessie Hughes has won this twice in recent years and is double handed with the novice Minsk potentially well treated on his handicap debut. The lightly-raced Talbot Road is another novice having his first start in a handicap and could also be well treated as he has plenty more to offer. King Vuvuzela has been raised 10lb for beating Cairdin over 2m1f here on St Stephens Day and the runner-up should get much closer on the revised terms. Daring Article was fancied for the Paddy Power here but fell six out when still there. He completed a double over further earlier and will be staying on when others have had enough. Canaly wasn't beaten far by him at Punchestown and was made too much use of in the Paddy Power so he's one with a chance and he had Immediate Response behind when scoring at Clonmel a year ago. The latter would have finished second to MAKE A TRACK at Limerick last month but for falling and the winner ran so poorly at Thurles subsequently that there must have been something amiss. He's given the nod to bounce back as last year's Paddy Power winner Colbert Station is 18lb higher and Grade 2 winner Buckers Bridge is looking a bit high in the weights.
Colbert Station (IRE) 10-3fav (10-9) Raced in moderate 6th until bad mistake and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Jennies Jewel (10-11) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl in Dec, 16 ran.
Buckers Bridge (IRE) 11-4 (11-10) Soon raced in 3rd, challenged in 2nd 2 out, led last, stayed on well run-in, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f chs in Nov beating Oscars Well (11-10) by 3l, 4 ran.
Make A Track (IRE) 13-8 (11-10) Led until headed 4th, 3rd and reminders after 9th, ridden when left 2nd 4 out, 3rd 2 out and no extra under pressure before last, weakened run-in, 3rd of 4, 30l behind Toner D'Oudairies (11-10) at Thurles 2m 2f lst chs (1) hvy.
Sweeney Tunes 33-1 (11-2) Soon chased leaders, 9th halfway, closed 6 out, 6th into straight, kept on same pace from last, 6th of 28, 9l behind Rockyaboya (10-3) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec.
Jacksonslady (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, 14th early, no extra approaching 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Rockyaboya (10-3) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec, 28 ran.
Canaly (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Close up, led 3rd, headed before last where not fluent, no extra run-in, 7th of 28, 14l behind Rockyaboya (10-3) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec.
He'llberemembered (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Held up, 6th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 4th of 7, 15l behind Marito (11-9) at Tramore 2m 5f lst chs (1) hvy.
Shrapnel (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 7th on outer 5 out, ridden and weakened from next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Turban (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f sft, 13 ran.
Immediate Response (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Held up early, soon mid-division, progress into 6th 6 out, challenged entering straight, slight peck 2 out and ridden, held in 2nd when fell last, in a race won by Make A Track (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Dec, 16 ran.
Operating (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Led, joined from 7th, headed 9th, close 5th 3 out, no impression when mistake next, 3rd of 9, 30l behind Sizing Gold (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f beg chs in Dec.
Minsk (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, hampered 3 out, progress to dispute next, pushed along when mistake and headed last, under pressure run-in and kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Djakadam (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 3f beg chs in Dec.
Talbot Road (IRE) 4-6fav (11-12) Held up, jumped left, 6th halfway, progress when slight mistake 3 out, led after next, ridden approaching last and headed run-in, under pressure and kept on one pace,, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Civena (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase.
Cairdin (IRE) 4-1fav (10-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd 3 out and soon pushed along, led entering straight, under pressure and headed early run-in, no impression on winner final 100 yards,, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind King Vuvuzela (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Dec.
Glam Gerry (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Soon mid-division, slightly hampered 4th, weakened from before 2 out, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Jennies Jewel (10-11) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl in Dec.
King Vuvuzela (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Settled in rear of mid-division, 10th 3 out, progress entering straight and challenged last, soon led and kept on well run-in,, won at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Dec beating Cairdin (10-2) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Daring Article (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Held up, mid-division halfway, fell 6 out, in a race won by Rockyaboya (10-3) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec, 28 ran.
Undertheboardwalk (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Soon towards rear, some headway approaching 2 out, no impression and kept on from before last, 8th of 28, 18l behind Rockyaboya (10-3) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec.
Forty Foot Tom 10-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra before 2 out where jumped left, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 28l behind Daring Article (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs in Dec.
Glenquest (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Prominent, led narrowly 3 out, joined from before straight, soon headed and no impression, kept on same pace,, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Playing (10-8) at Limerick 2m 6f hvy in Dec.
Ballyfinboy (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, ridden in last 3 out, some progress entering straight, 6th 2 out, no extra, 5th of 9, 5l behind Luke's Benefit (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-130 sft.
Cadspeed (FR) 12-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Turban (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f sft, 13 ran.
Living Next Door (IRE) 11-2fav (9-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression approaching 2 out, no extra in straight, 14th of 21, 49l behind Courage (10-1) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.