Becauseicouldntsee finished runner-up here last year from a 6lb lower mark and looks to have been aimed at going one better. He jumps well and stays extreme distances so should give another good account. Groody Hill, Ad Idem and CROSS APPEAL fought out the finish of a similarly endowed handicap at Navan last month when the former just prevailed. He's relatively inexperienced and looks certain to get competitive here though the runner-up stopped when hitting the front as he's prone to do. Cross Appeal could prove best of the trio and come out on top here as he made a bad mistake at the last and will be better suited by this sharper track and less testing conditions. Rivage D'Or should do well over fences but is making his handicap debut on just his fourth start while On His Own is up 9lb for his victory at Ayr in April though he's the type to continue up the ranks. Smoking Aces isn't easy to catch right but was an impressive winner at Fairyhouse though the assessor has reacted with a massive 12lb rise.
Ad Idem 10-1 (10-13) Settled in mid-division, 8th halfway, good jump 4 out to go 2nd, challenged travelling best 2 out, disputed when left clear after last, soon ridden, no extra and headed closing strides, 2nd of 25, 1/2l behind Groody Hill (10-3) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov.
Western Charmer (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Raced in 4th, some slightly slow jumps, moderate 3rd and kept on same pace under pressure from 2 out, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Blazing Tempo (10-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f hdl 0-123 hvy.
Head Of The Posse (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, ridden in close enough 6th before 2 out, quickened between horses approaching last, fast jump and led after last, soon strongly pressed and headed inside final furlong, no chance at the line with cheeky winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Mikael D'Haguenet (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft.
Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) In touch towards rear, ridden in moderate 3rd approaching straight, soon no impression, 3rd of 5, 34l behind Golden Silver (11-12) at Cork 2m chs Grd 2 (1).
Tharawaat (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Led, joined halfway, headed 5 out, no extra from early straight, weakened, 13th of 25, well behind Groody Hill (10-3) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov.
See U Bob (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Raced in 3rd until dropped to 4th and no impression under pressure from 2 out, 4th of 5, 12l behind Blazing Tempo (10-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f hdl 0-123 hvy.
Aigle D'or 6-4fav (11-9) Mistake 1st, in touch in 5th, went 2nd 9th, pushed along before 4 out, ridden and no impression when lost 2nd last, weakened flat, 5th of 7, 10l behind Rileyev (10-8) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov.
Hughies Grey (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased leader, 2nd approaching 5 out, lost place next, soon no impression, left a place better from last, 2nd of 5, 28l behind Golden Silver (11-12) at Cork 2m chs Grd 2 (1).
Montan (FR) 13-2 (11-3) Mid-division, headway into 4th after 3 out, ridden in 3rd next, led under pressure early run-in, kept on same pace and headed close home, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Staying Article (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft.
The Hurl (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, pulled up quickly after 10th, in a race won by Groody Hill (10-3) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov, 25 ran.
Alfie Sherrin 25-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, mistakes 4th and 6th, behind 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Featherbed Lane (10-10) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft, 11 ran.
Whatuthink (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, behind when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Groody Hill (10-3) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov, 25 ran.
Some Target (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Rear of mid-division, in touch at rear of main group 4 out, 9th 2 out, kept on well without reaching leaders, 4th of 25, 8l behind Groody Hill (10-3) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov.
Sona Sasta (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge 4 out, under pressure 2 out, rallied last, no extra close home, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Le Beau Bai (10-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy.
Groody Hill (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Mid-division, 10th halfway, 8th entering straight, went 3rd before 2 out, no impression approaching last, kept on well under pressure run-in to lead closing strides, won at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov beating Ad Idem (10-13) by 1/2l, 25 ran.
Bob Lingo (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Led, soon clear, badly hampered by loose horse 5 out, reduced advantage before 4 out, challenged 3 out, ridden and headed after 2 out, no extra in 4th last, kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 9l behind Powerstation (11-2) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl.
Jadanli (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Towards rear, mistake 2nd, headway 6 out, soon no extra, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by The Bishop Looney (10-12) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov, 14 ran.
Rivage D'Or (FR) 6-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, went 2nd before 3 out, no chance with easy winner from early straight and moderate 3rd at last, 3rd of 6, 36l behind Bog Warrior (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft.
The Bishop Looney (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, closer in 2nd 3 out, soon challenged, gained narrow lead last, joined run-in, stayed on best to edge ahead again close home, won at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov beating Another Palm (10-9) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Treacle (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Held up behind, mistake 5th and 12th, chased leaders under pressure 14th, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd flat, 4th of 10, 16l behind Nikola (10-11) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.
Quadrillon (FR) 14-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 13th halfway, headway approaching straight, 4th 3 out, no impression after next and kept on one pace, 6th of 25, 12l behind Groody Hill (10-3) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov.
Aranleigh (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression after 4 out, kept on one pace in straight, 6th of 7, 32l behind Dariak (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl sft in Nov.
Jack The Bus (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Towards rear, 9th 4 out, went 5th before 2 out, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 7th of 25, 20l behind Groody Hill (10-3) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov.
On His Own (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Prominent, took keen hold, challenged after 10th, jumped right thereafter, led 15th, headed approaching 4 out, stayed close up, led again soon after last, stayed on well, won at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd in Apr beating The Shoe (11-5) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Cross Appeal (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Always prominent, disputed from halfway, led narrowly 5 out, strongly pressed and joined 2 out, under pressure but still disputing when stumbled badly on landing last, not recover, 3rd of 25, 4l behind Groody Hill (10-3) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov.
Smoking Aces (IRE) 4-1fav (10-7) Towards rear, headway approaching straight, went 4th 2 out, progress to challenge last, ridden and kept on best to lead closing tages, won at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft beating Portrait King (9-12) by 1l, 16 ran.
Head Waiter (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Always prominent, on terms approaching 5 out, soon led, joined 3 out, soon headed, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 24, 5l behind Madame Mado (11-11) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116.
Leanne (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) Mid-division, closer in 6th 3 out, soon ridden, 3rd before 2 out, kept on one paced, 4th of 13, 5l behind Knockbrack Vic (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (80-116) (4yo+) sft.
By The Hour (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, took keen hold, 7th halfway, headway into 4th after 3 out, 2nd before last, kept on under pressure to challenge, no impression on winner closing stages, 2nd of 10, 1l behind The Hard Hat (10-11) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 sft in Nov.
Stephanie Kate (IRE) 6-4 (11-7) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 4 out, 2nd next, challenged from before last where slight mistake, kept on well under pressure run-in without quite getting to winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Knockfierna (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs sft in Nov.