Willie Mullins has won this twice in the past three years and Blood Cotil is certain to attract support on his handicap debut. A Grade 2 winner over timber at Auteuil in May, he was cantering along on his chasing debut at Cork three weeks ago before falling at the second last. Sea Light is another who will be strong in the market after completing a hat-trick and though raised 11lb for his latest success he still looks on a fair mark. Tony Martin has snapped up Paul Carberry for QUICK JACK and the combination can prove good enough. Twice a winner on the Flat last year, he's also won his last two over hurdles including a novice handicap at Cheltenham in November. Gilgamboa is a progressive type who has only had three runs but ploughed through the Punchestown mud to land a handicap on New Year's Eve. Snake Eyes represents Nicky Henderson and is making his handicap debut from a lowly mark while Blacklough could reward each-way support after just failing to concede lumps of weight to Hop In at Navan.
Flaxen Flare (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, mistake 4th, hampered 3 out, stayed on under pressure from 2 out, went modest 3rd before last, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 20, 11l behind Willow's Saviour (10-5) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Blood Cotil (FR) 1-4fav (11-1) Led and clear, reduced lead 3 out, soon went on again travelling smoothly, fell 2 out, in a race won by Castle Wings (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f beg chase hvy, 7 ran.
Sailors Warn (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Behind last of the 5 throughout, never a factor, last of 5, 22l behind Blackstairmountain (11-5) at Cork 2m hdl in Jan '13.
Il Fenomeno (ITY) 18-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, 8th 3 out, soon ridden, 6th 2 out, no impression, 5th of 13, 17l behind Turban (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f sft.
Massini's Trap (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, closer order approaching 4 out, tracked leaders on outside after 3 out, weakened 2 out, left modest 4th last, 4th of 6, 9l behind Irving (11-7) at Ascot 2m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Dec.
Diplomat (USA) 6-5fav (11-6) Raced in 3rd and chased leading pair from halfway, not fluent 4 out, pushed along and closer approaching 2 out, no impression and dropped to 4th at last, no extra, 4th of 8, 7l behind Massini's Trap (10-8) at Listowel 2m nh nov hdl sft in Sep.
Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Soon towards rear, pushed along before straight, soon no impression, kept on, 6th of 14, 11l behind Glen Beg (9-12) at Naas 2m hcp hdl sft.
Princeton Plains (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, on terms 3 out, narrow lead 2 out, headed before last and not match winner when fell, in a race won by Upazo (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl in Dec, 11 ran.
Sullane Chief (IRE) 7-2fav (11-3) Mid-division, progress into 5th after 4 out, 2nd 2 out, soon led travelling strongly, clear before last, easily, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Dec beating Off The Charts (10-8) by 4l, 15 ran.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Prominent, disputed lead 5th, led from next, headed after 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, 8th of 13, 36l behind Turban (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f sft.
Gilgamboa (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Mid-division, closer in6th 3 out, headway into 3rd next, ridden and went 2nd entering straight, led before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, reduced advantage close home, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Dec beating Rightdownthemiddle (10-9) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Leah Claire (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Chased leaders in 4th, closer in 3rd from 4th, ridden to challenge last, under pressure and kept on run-in, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Dysios (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hdl sft in Dec.
Maxim Gorky (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Chased leaders, dropped to 6th approaching 2 out, no extra straight, last of 7, 29l behind Rocky Wednesday (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Dec.
Blacklough (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th before straight, improved travelling smoothly 3 out, gained narrow lead before last, headed and kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Hop In (10-8) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Dec.
Primroseandblue (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Soon towards rear, no impression in moderate 9th from before straight, kept on without threatening, 6th of 11, 17l behind Upazo (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl in Dec.
Ballyadam Brook (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Mistake 1st, in touch, led 3rd to next, lost place 6th, soon behind, tailed off 3 out, 15th of 17, 50l behind Anay Turge (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov.
Dysios (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Settled in 5th, closer in 4th 2 out and smooth progress to lead last, ridden and kept on well run-in, won at Leopardstown 2m hdl sft in Dec beating Leah Claire (11-6) by 2l, 9 ran.
The Game Changer (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders, closer order 3 out, 5th approaching straight, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind The Tullow Tank (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Dec.
Way Up In The Air (IRE) 5-2 (10-11) Held up towards rear, closed to track leaders approaching straight, no extra from 2 out, 7th of 8, 27l behind Dressedtothenines (10-11) at Cork 2m 1f mares nov chs Grade 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Snake Eyes (IRE) 2-5fav (10-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on outside approaching 4th, ridden and hanging left when not fluent 2 out, soon beaten, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 14l behind Irish Cavalier (10-12) at Stratford 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) sft in Oct.
Reizovic (IRE) 7-4fav (10-11) Held up towards rear, 7th entering straight, ridden in 6th before last, kept on run-in, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Cass Bligh (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Dec '11.
Quick Jack (IRE) 15-8fav (11-0) Held up towards rear on outside, steady headway 3 out, challenged between last 2, led narrowly last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Nov beating Deep Trouble (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 19 ran.
Sea Light (IRE) 4-5fav (10-10) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, left 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well run-in, won at Leopardstown 2m nov hcp hdl sft in Dec beating Roman General (10-6) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Big Generator 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, slight mistake 1st, ridden in 5th entering straight and no impression in 5th when not fluent last, no extra,, 9th of 13, 13l behind Sea Light (10-10) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.