Winning hunter Make It Better hasn't shown much over hurdles to date but there's still time and he'll be better for last month's run at Thurles where he ran well for a long way. Big Jemmy won over the C&D a year ago and has been alternating between hurdles and fences. He's 9lb higher this time and could have a few pounds too many so PRESWELL LAD gets the nod. He's another who divides his time between hurdling and chasing and ran very well behind Cool Oscar at Thurles where Kizzy O returned with a good run after a long break. Spiker The Biker looks reasonably treated and must be given a chance from his lowly spot in the handicap.
Drishogue Boy (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Waited with towards rear on inner, 10th before 3 out, struggling from before straight, ran on without threatening from 2 out, 6th of 12, 10l behind Mackey Boy (10-7) at Listowel 2m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (5yo+) hvy in Sep.
Friendly Society (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Never a factor, behind when pulled up after 8th, in a race won by Bangonform (11-0) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Aug, 11 ran.
Paddys Pride (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) 6th of 11, 43l behind Vic Chic (11-0) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Oct.
War Of Words (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, ridden and no extra 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Truckin All Night (11-9) at Listowel 2m mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Big Jemmy (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, closer in 6th after 3 out, ridden to chase winner and kept on well without getting there run-in, 2nd of 16, 1 3/4l behind Kilmurry Kid (10-12) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 sft in Oct.
Make It Better (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Led or disputed lead, headed and weakened after 3 out, 15th of 18, 28l behind Cool Oscar (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct.
Black Empress (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Mid-division best, 12th from 6 out, no impression and kept on same pace from 4 out, 9th of 17, 47l behind He's Our Man (11-12) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl in May.
Dante Anna (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, lost place 4 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace from before straight, 8th of 17, 23l behind Carries Darling (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Preswell Lad (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, went 3rd approaching straight and 2nd 2 out, soon no impression on winner and kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 7l behind Cool Oscar (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct.
Ever Dreaming (USA) 25-1 (10-12) Always behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Big Generator (11-7) at Wexford 2m 1f beg chs gd in Oct, 13 ran.
Watt A Diva (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Towards rear, 13th approaching 3 out, some headway into 7th entering straight, soon no extra, 8th of 18, 18l behind Cool Oscar (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct.
Spiker The Biker (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Soon prominent, led 3 out, headed before straight, 4th and no impression from before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 7l behind Vic Chic (11-10) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy.
Kizzy O (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Prominent and disputed lead, headed and dropped to 3rd 2 out, soon no impression and dropped to 5th at last, no extra, 5th of 18, 15l behind Cool Oscar (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct.
Lady Sunshine (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Hampered 1st, towards rear and never a factor, 12th of 18, 25l behind Cool Oscar (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct.
Urban Desert (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Always behind, mistake 3rd, weakened 4 out, completely tailed off, last of 5, well behind Shrapnel (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl in Oct.