Starkie was only third to Page Turner at Limerick in December but Henry De Bromhead's charge is 11lb better off today and the top weight was well beaten at Cork a week later. Rubert was tailed off at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day and probably needs a bit further nowadays but The Shepherd King is back over a more suitable trip and THE WAY WE WERE was placed off today's mark last time. The latter enjoys a massive turnaround in the weights than when fourth to Luke's Benefit at Punchestown earlier and can come out on top today.
Page Turner (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Led and disputed, jumped right 5th, headed from 7 out, 3rd 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 11, 17l behind Playing (10-13) at Cork 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Jan.
Luke's Benefit (IRE) 5-1fav (10-2) Chased leaders, 6th early, soon mid-division, no impression straight, 9th of 14, 13l behind Glen Beg (9-12) at Naas 2m hcp hdl sft in Jan.
Starkie 9-2 (11-12) Prominent throughout, mistake 3 out, 3rd before straight, no impression from before 2 out, kept on one pace,, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Page Turner (11-5) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Rubert (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Chased leaders early, detached 7th, weakened, completely tailed off,, 13th of 14, well behind King Vuvuzela (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Dec.
Forty Foot Tom 33-1 (9-11) Mid-division best, ridden towards rear 4 out, no extra and weakened, 14th of 21, well behind He'llberemembered (10-4) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Jan.
The Shepherd King (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Held up, closer order 4 out, dropped to moderate 3rd 3 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 30l behind She's Got Grit (9-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Jan.
The Way We Were (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, slight peck 1st, a little slow 4th, progress from before 2 out where left in lead, narrowly headed last, soon no impression and dropped to 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Treat Yourself (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Moiqen (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Ran freely early to lead and dispute, clear lead after 4th, reduced advantage 5 out, headed next, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Pumbaa (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec, 16 ran.
Swanfold (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, dropped to 8th before 3 out and no threat in straight, 7th of 10, 26l behind Treat Yourself (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m nov hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec '12.