Arthur Moore has a good record in this so Lastoftheleaders shouldn't be dismissed despite his big weight, though he's better handicapped over hurdles. He had no answer to LEAD KINDLY LIGHT when the latter scored at Fairyhouse earlier this month and the winner looks the one to be on despite being handed a 7lb rise. Peak Raider, who wasn't far behind, was having his first start since May and should get closer along with On The Way Out, who was just behind, but Instant Impacked has received another 7lb rise after completing a double at Cork and may be in the handicapper's grip. Jacksonslady and Glibin are closely matched and have been going well in novice company though this is a very competitive handicap.
Lastoftheleaders (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th entering straight, no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 11l behind Lead Kindly Light (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs sft.
Slieveardagh (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, moderate 10th and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 9th of 14, 18l behind Lead Kindly Light (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs sft.
Jacksonslady (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Waited with, mistake 8th and soon well off pace, closed 2 out, no impression and left a place better from last, kept on, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Cristal Bonus (11-10) at Down Royal 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) gs in Nov.
Lead Kindly Light (IRE) 11-1 (10-5) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden to lead 2 out, kept on well under pressure from before last, won at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs sft beating Far Away So Close (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Carlingford Lough (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, 8th halfway, went moderate 5th approaching 3 out, no threat in straight and kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 28l behind Aupcharlie (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Peak Raider (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, 4th entering straight, ridden 2 out, no extra in 3rd last, lost 3rd run-in, 4th of 14, 7l behind Lead Kindly Light (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs sft.
Glibin (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden after 5 out, no impression in moderate 4th before straight, left moderate 2nd and hampered last, soon 3rd, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Great Oak (11-1) at Cork 2m 1f mares nov chs Grade 3 (1) sft.
Tadhg (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Settled in mid-division, headway approaching straight and challenged 2 out where not fluent, soon no impression and not fluent again last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 15, 6l behind Ros Brin (11-2) at Clonmel 2m beg chs.
On The Way Out (IRE) 7-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway into 9th 4 out, ridden in 8th 2 out, 6th and kept on same pace last, 5th of 14, 8l behind Lead Kindly Light (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs sft.
Satu (IRE) 4-1 (10-4) Waited with, keen hold, 5th into straight, 4th 3 out, soon 3rd, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Instant Impacked (10-1) at Cork 2m hcp chs 0-140 hvy in Nov.
Galloping Gander (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, 10th halfway, never a factor, 10th of 15, 40l behind Alf Wright (10-6) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct.
Instant Impacked (IRE) 4-1 (10-1) Soon tracked leaders, closer in 2nd 3 out, struggling to get to leader when left with every chance last, led and stayed on best run-in, won at Cork 2m hcp chs 0-140 hvy in Nov beating Echo Bob (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Paddy O Dee 10-1 (10-9) Prominent and disputed lead, headed before 3 out, ridden and no impression in 4th next, no extra in straight, 7th of 15, 19l behind Celestial Prospect (11-1) at Wexford 2m 2f cond hcp hdl (80-109) gd in Oct.
Fourth Class (IRE) 4-1fav (11-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, mistake 6 out, ridden in 7th 3 out, stayed on to 4th 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 10l behind Code Of The West (10-13) at Clonmel 2m 3f hcp chs sft in Nov.
Rubert (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Towards rear for most, no extra from 5 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Sole Witness (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy, 15 ran.
Senior Again (IRE) 11-2 (9-12) Always towards rear, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Lead Kindly Light (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp chs sft, 14 ran.