A really tough handicap but five favourites have won in the past eight years so the market could prove a strong guide. Ten Fires is a couple of pounds out of the handicap but that shouldn't be a problem as he made a very reasonable comeback after a long absence over a trip too short at Naas and should get among the prize money from his lowly perch. Red Vinto is another at the foot of the weights with a chance though the testing ground could prove his undoing while Got Attitude and Mr Warbucks, though arriving here in good form, could be a little high in the weights. The top four in the handicap are all used to racing in better company but it could be the race won over 2m3f here last month in which BY THE HOUR beat Questions Answered and Deal Done that holds the key and the winner is taken to defy a 7lb rise.
Follow The Plan (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, ridden in 5th and no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 6, 33l behind Rubi Light (11-6) at Gowran Park 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy.
Whatuthink (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Prominent when fell 1st, in a race won by Hello Bud (10-5) at Aintree 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gs in Nov, 17 ran.
Kilcrea Castle (IRE) 18-1 (11-6) Always behind, no threat from 3 out, 5th of 6, 21l behind So Young (11-11) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl hvy.
Chasing Cars (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Led, headed halfway, dropped to 4th 5 out, ridden in rear and weakened after 4 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Rubi Light (11-6) at Gowran Park 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy.
Deal Done (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, close up 6 out, led 3 out, strongly pressed next, headed entering straight, close 3rd last, hampered run-in, no extra and kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 4 1/2l behind By The Hour (10-1) at Leopardstown 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Jan.
Leanne (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Prominent, left in lead 7th, strongly pressed 3 out, soon headed, no extra from 2 out, 5th of 9, 17l behind Follow The Plan (11-3) at Thurles 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Jan.
Mr Warbucks (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, closed after 3 out, briefly in front approaching 2 out, no impression when left in front again last, headed and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Organisedconfusion (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 1f chs hvy.
Got Attitude (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Chased clear leader mainly 2nd, mistake 4 out, closer from 2 out, no impression under pressure approaching last where mistake, kept on one pace, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Rare Bob (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Jan.
Questions Answered (IRE) 9-4fav (10-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 2nd 3 out, challenged next, led entering straight, ridden and narrowly headed approaching last, kept on, drifted left under pressure run-in, slightly hampered closing stages, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind By The Hour (10-1) at Leopardstown 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Jan.
Rahan De Marcigny (FR) 11-2 (10-4) Prominent, 3rd halfway, 5th after 3 out, weakened next, eased straight, 16th of 19, 44l behind Peak Raider (9-3) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 hvy.
Stewarts House (IRE) 12-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders in 6th, bad mistake 5th, weakened 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Siegemaster (11-7) at Gowran Park 3m hcp chs sft in Jan, 18 ran.
Carrigmartin (IRE) 11-2 (9-10) Held up, progress to chase leaders after 3 out, stayed on well run-in without getting to winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Questions Answered (9-11) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs sft in Dec.
By The Hour (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Mid-division, headway into 6th 4 out, improved to challenge entering straight, ridden to lead approaching last, jumped slightly left last, drifted left under pressure run-in, kept on well, won at Leopardstown 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Jan beating Questions Answered (10-6) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Red Vinto 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, ridden in 6th before 2 out, 3rd entering straight, 2nd last, kept on, not reach winner, 2nd of 17, 2 1/2l behind Silverhand (11-3) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl gf in Jul.
Ten Fires (GER) 10-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 4 out, improved to narrow lead 2 out, ridden and narrowly headed last, kept on run-in, no extra close home, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Imaalhall (10-7) at Naas 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 sft in Jan.
Lord Cebellino (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Chased leader in moderate 2nd, 3rd 5 out, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Cayo Levantado (11-1) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov, 21 ran.