These qualifiers are not for the faint-hearted. Jetson beat a huge field in this a year ago and though he's continued to run well he's now 12lb higher. Catch Me, who was beaten a long way, finished runner-up to Cape Tribulation in the Final at Cheltenham and will probably need this before another crack at the Festival. Jupitor hasn't had much experience and came up against the in-form Happy New Year at Gowran where he acquitted himself well. APT APPROACH is rated 18lb lower over hurdles than fences and took advantage when comfortably beating today's rival Prince Rudi at Fairyhouse. The longer trip is certain to suit and he is handed the vote though his stablemate, the four-year-old Darroun, tackles this trip for the first time and could be a blot on the handicap. Bat Masterson ran a shocker last time but is much better than that while Coole Avenue has been in good form and should get into the mix.
Catch Me (GER) 5-2fav (11-0) Prominent, dropped to 4th and not fluent 7th, ridden from 4 out, struggling from before straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Won In The Dark (11-0) at Killarney 2m 4f hdl gd in May.
Jetson (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Mid-division, closer in 6th 5 out, ridden in 5th 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 4th of 19, 16l behind Roi Du Mee (9-13) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy.
Powerstation (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 11th of 19, well behind Roi Du Mee (9-13) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy.
Stonemaster (IRE) 18-1 (10-11) Led until after 1st, chased leaders, pushed along approaching 2 out, soon ridden, weakened before last, 6th of 13, 9l behind Goulanes (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Double Seven (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, completely tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Fever Pitch (11-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116.
Novarov (GER) 12-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, soon ridden, no impression from 3 out, 8th of 19, 30l behind Roi Du Mee (9-13) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy.
Si C'etait Vrai (FR) 33-1 (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, weakened after 3 out, last of 5, 33l behind Zaidpour (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl G1 (1) sft.
Marlay Park (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Settled in rear, headway into 5th approaching straight and 4th 2 out, ridden to go 2nd at last and kept on under pressure run-in, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Mossley (11-0) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl in Oct.
Apt Approach (IRE) 11-8fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, not jump fluent at times and some mistakes, went 2nd 2 out, soon pushed along to lead, stayed on well under pressure from last, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl sft beating Prince Rudi (10-13) by 1l, 8 ran.
Darroun (IRE) 4-6fav (11-7) Soon disputed lead and niggled along at stages, headed from 2 out, no impression and slight stumble on roadway before straight, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Discoteca (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo hdl gf in May.
Coole Avenue (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) In rear, headway from 4 out, 6th next, soon ridden, 4th 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 19, 10l behind Roi Du Mee (9-13) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy.
Bat Masterson (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Held up early, 4th from 3rd, disputed 2nd briefly before 5 out, rear and mistake 4 out, soon ridden and no extra, weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Un Beau Matin (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 6f hdl hvy in Nov.
Prince Rudi (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, ridden in 3rd next, went 2nd at last, kept on well run-in, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Apt Approach (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl sft.
Beachdale Lad (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed before 3 out, soon no extra and kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Road To Riches (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft.
Mart Lane (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Led to 2nd, tracked winner, lost place 3 out, soon outpaced and no impression, kept on under pressure from last, 6th of 18, 19l behind Double Ross (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Organisedconfusion (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Disputed early, chased leader after 3rd, pushed along and dropped to 6th 3 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 16l behind Sizing Rio (10-12) at Navan 2m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) in Nov.
Whispering Hills (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, 8th 5 out, ridden in 4th 3 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 19, 16l behind Roi Du Mee (9-13) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy.
Whodoyouthink (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Prominent, led from 3rd, headed after 7th, led again 4 out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed next, weakened, 6th of 19, 21l behind Roi Du Mee (9-13) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy.
Bombadero (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Made virtually all, joined briefly before 3 out, led again approaching 2 out and soon asserted, kept on well, won at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Oct beating Lastofthepilots (11-7) by 9l, 7 ran.
Jupitor (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Settled in rear of mid-division, headway into 4th approaching 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner from before last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Happy New Year (9-3) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Nov.
Acapulco (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Mid-division when brought down 4th, in a race won by Jetson (10-9) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec '11, 25 ran.
Benevolent (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Held up in 5th, slightly adrift of field from 7th, ridden and no impression from 3 out, went remote 4th run-in, 4th of 5, 14l behind Seefood (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft in Nov.
Chino Valdes (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 7th 3 out, ridden in 6th and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace in moderate 4th last, 4th of 18, 11l behind Bog Warrior (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Blue Cannon (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Reminders at start and in rear, always behind, 15th of 19, well behind Roi Du Mee (9-13) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy.
Irish Soul (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th 4 out, ridden and no extra next, 11th of 18, 43l behind Bog Warrior (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Spring Hawk (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, no extra approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 25l behind Tasitiocht (11-7) at Wexford 2m mrs nov hdl.
Silas Mariner (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, 5th into straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2 out, 5th of 8, 26l behind Matsukaze (10-9) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy.
Cloudgazer (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden into moderate 8th entering straight, 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 18, 16l behind Bog Warrior (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Rinroe (IRE) 22-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, never a factor, no threat from 3 out, 10th of 11, 28l behind Medicinal Compound (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Nov.
The Hard Hat (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, pulled up before 2 out (usual 3 out), in a race won by Tofino Bay (11-4) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 hvy in Nov, 20 ran.