Pumbaa's last two runs have resulted in victories on this track and he's still progressing so a 6lb rise in the weights shouldn't pose too many problems. Really Unique was behind him last time and is no better off at the weights but Concordin, at last, showed his true colours at Navan and an 8lb rise shouldn't prove too much of a burden. Allez Vic is running well enough though he's 12lb higher than his winning mark at Downpatrick in December. KOSTAR has won once in 20 starts but has dropped to a fair mark as a consequence and if repeating his run behind Inis Meain at Navan last month would be very difficult to beat so gets the nod.
Some Officer (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, moderate 7th halfway, ridden in moderate 7th approaching 2 out, soon no extra, 6th of 17, 13l behind Sammy Black (10-0) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140.
Viaduct Joey (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Soon in rear, jumped left 2nd, trailing approaching 6th, soon closed but pushed along, not fluent 6 out, no impression from before 5 out, weakened from 3 out, completely tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind More Madness (10-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f.
Pumbaa (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Led and disputed early, 2nd after 4th, led 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on, all out run-in and held on, won at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec beating Vincent Row (10-1) by nk, 16 ran.
Really Unique (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Prominent, led 3rd, headed approaching next, close up, led again 4 out, pressed and joined from 2 out, headed run-in, dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace close home, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Another Challenge (11-6) at Thurles 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Feb.
Bell Weir 25-1 (9-11) Towards rear, ridden after 3 out, moderate 10th next, no impression, 10th of 17, 21l behind Sammy Black (10-0) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140.
Hans Crescent (FR) 12-1 (10-11) Soon towards rear, reminders 4 out, no extra approaching straight, 7th of 8, 48l behind Treat Yourself (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Concordin (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, progress into 3rd entering straight, ridden 2 out, 2nd last, stayed on to narrow lead run-in, asserted close home, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 beating Vinnie Trenta (10-4) by 1 3/4l, 17 ran.
Allez Vic (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) Held up, closer order 7th, moderate 6th before straight, moderate 3rd and no impression from 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Tooreen (10-10) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-109.
Kostar (FR) 14-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, progress to dispute 3 out and ridden to lead after next, kept on run-in, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Inis Meain (11-10) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy in Feb.
Once And Always (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders and 4th approaching 5 out, ridden in 6th early straight and no impression before last, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 11l behind Rightville Boy (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Jan.
Theboss On Thehill (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Mid-division on outer, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, 14th of 20, well behind Fresh By Nature (11-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Oct.
Dr Kildare 12-1 (11-1) Led early, tracked leaders, 4th approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace 2 out, 7th of 20, 12l behind Lancing (11-3) at Cork 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Aug.