A couple of recent runs on the Flat will have sharpened Szabo's Destiny up though he hasn't looked particularly impressive so far over timber. Some Gem beat a big field in a handicap at Tipperary in June but has never looked at home on testing ground while last year's winner William Wordsworth is on a 9lb higher mark and the runner-up that day, Cantrell, has a good chance of reversing the form as he scored here subsequently. Burnswood gained his only success in 20 starts over this C&D but looks too high in the weights so this can go to SOME SAY, who looked likely to win here last time but faded at the last. That was only his second start since July and, with improvement expected, he can gain his first success in a handicap.
William Wordsworth (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th 5 out, no impression and kept on same pace from after 3 out, 6th of 14, 31l behind Beckwith Star (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase hvy.
Some Say (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, led entering straight, strongly pressed and headed last, soon no extra, 5th of 14, 6l behind Dul Ar An Ol (11-3) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Nov.
Tinas Exhibition (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, 6th before 2 out, no extra when bad mistake last, 13th of 25, 27l behind Kitty's Lord (10-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in May.
Regal Warrior (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Settled in rear of mid-division, some headway on outer before 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, no impression on first 2 from before last, lost 2 places on run-in, 5th of 12, 11l behind Touch Back (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Burnswood (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from before 3 out, 8th of 19, 46l behind Buck Breeze (11-3) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov.
Szabo's Destiny 16-1 (11-0) Towards rear, 9th halfway, went 7th approaching straight, moderate 6th 2 out, kept on one pace without troubling leaders, 4th of 12, 14l behind In Bloom (10-7) at Navan 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Cantrell (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra and weakened, 11th of 12, well behind Bay Of Kotor (10-9) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Dec.
Jak Dream 25-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, some headway after halfway, moderate 6th 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 23, 33l behind Arctic Mick (9-11) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Feb.
Some Gem (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th entering straight, soon no extra, 6th of 16, 29l behind Knocklayde Vic (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Oct.