IMMEDIATE RESPONSE has returned from a long absence in superb form and is impossible to oppose. Willie Mullins' charge won over this trip at Clonmel and defied a mandatory penalty a week later over 2m6f at Thurles. He's been raised 10lb but the runner-up in that latest race, Owennacurra Milan, has scored twice subsequently and is now on a 20lb higher mark. Kaprun was in fine form at this time a year ago both on the Flat and over hurdles. He hasn't raced since June and might just need the run but In The Haven is fit enough and has dropped to a very enticing mark. Burma Rock has some decent form at this level but probably needs much quicker ground.
Burma Rock (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, 5th for much, no extra from before straight, 11th of 13, 37l behind Princeton Plains (11-1) at Listowel 2m hcp hdl in Sep.
Immediate Response (IRE) 4-9fav (11-7) Made all, looked vulnerable briefly from 2 out, quickly asserted, stayed on well, easily, won at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Feb beating Owennacurra Milan (11-5) by 11l, 12 ran.
Apache Drums (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Rear of mid-division, headway after halfway, 5th approaching 2 out, no extra in 6th entering straight, 8th of 20, 36l behind Ros Brin (10-8) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jan.
Kaprun (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, slight mistake 4 out, led last, headed and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Tin Town Boy (10-7) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 8Evens09 sft in May.
Rockshandy (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Led and disputed, tended to race wide, still in front approaching 2 out, soon headed and no impression in 5th approaching last, 4th of 14, 13l behind Baby Whizz (11-5) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Sir Harry Cash 25-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, no danger from 5 out, kept on same pace in moderate 6th from before straight, 4th of 18, 15l behind Edeymi (10-7) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft in Feb.
Friendly Society (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Soon prominent, no extra in 3rd after bad mistake 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Bishopsfurze (11-12) at Clonmel 2m chs sft in Feb.
In The Haven (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Prominent, soon led, headed 5th, remained prominent, no impression under pressure approaching last, kept on, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind On My Own (10-8) at Navan 2m Conditional Handicap Hurdle (80-116) (4yo+) sft in Feb.
Little Return (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, 3rd entering straight, no impression in 5th before last where fell, in a race won by Knockmehill Lady (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 in Feb, 16 ran.
Lord Accord (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Fell 1st, in a race won by Call Box (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95, 15 ran.
Media Baron (USA) 11-2 (11-3) Slight mistake 1st, chased leaders, ridden 4 out, no extra into straight, 7th of 10, 40l behind Red Memo (11-9) at Clonmel 2m Amateur Handicap Hurdle (80-95) (5yo+) sft in Feb.