Fairyhouse runner-up POWDER HOUND failed to quicken when only fourth at Leopardstown a couple of weeks ago but that was probably a hotter contest than this and Noel Meade's four-year-old is worth another chance to fulfil the promise of his debut effort. Le Vent D'Antan, who was a decent sort in bumpers last year, is sure to have learned plenty from his hurdling introduction at Fairyhouse and will strip fitter here while Sea Beat was taking on some smart juveniles when fifth here last month, ahead of Truly Delightful, and wasn't beaten far at Leopardstown earlier. A Grey Matter was fourth here last month but the drop in trip might not be in his favour.
A Grey Matter (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Soon mid-division, 8th before 3rd, went moderate 3rd and no impression from before 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 24l behind Kick On Boss (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Golden Boot (IRE) 22-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th 6f out, weakened 3f out, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind No More Heroes (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec.
I Knew Well (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Tree Oaks.
Jayo Time (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 5th early, no impression from 3 out, no extra approaching next, 12th of 16, well behind Quickpick Vic (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Jpevie (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, fell last, in a race won by Waxies Dargle (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan, 22 ran.
Le Vent D'Antan (FR) 11-8fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, progress into 2nd entering straight, ridden and disputing close 2nd when bumped by rival and pecked on landing 2 out, soon no impression in 3rd, no extra from last, 3rd of 22, 10l behind Waxies Dargle (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Pencilled In (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) In rear, slightly hampered 1st, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 22nd of 30, well behind Vautour (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Dec.
Proud Prince (IRE) Court Cave gelding out of Glen's Magic.
Too Straight (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Mid-division, 8th halfway, progress into 5th entering straight, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra before last, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 14l behind Kylestyle (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Zeftan (IRE) 13-2 (10-0) Held up in rear, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 14l behind Prince Chaparral (8-13) at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gs in Aug (flat).
Miss Coley (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and weakened over 5f out, pulled up 4f out, in a race won by Kayf Hampshire (10-13) at Limerick 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Dec, 15 ran.
Achtung 4-1fav (9-6) Reared start, soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 15l behind Posh Boy (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct (flat).
Flight Plan Strategic Prince gelding out of Nans Lady.
Kahdian (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) 6th of 7, 6l behind Eurato (9-1) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f 3yo clm sft in Oct (flat).
Powder Hound 7-2 (10-10) Prominent, 2nd 3 out, no extra and kept on same pace straight, 4th of 16, 17l behind Quickpick Vic (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Sea Beat 10-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, took keen hold, mainly 5th, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 5th of 22, 17l behind Ivan Grozny (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Truly Delightful (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 4 out, 7th from next, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 7th of 22, 28l behind Ivan Grozny (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Jan.