Abbey Lane is already a nine-year-old but was well backed and possibly a little unlucky on his chasing bow at Limerick. Already successful in a point-to-point and a winner three times over hurdles, he should go close with a clear round but MOSCOW MANNON didn't do a lot wrong on his first start over fences when fourth to Ned Buntline. He loves the mud and may have too much class for his rivals. Ludo Et Emergo made a promising start behind Mount Colah at Thurles and will improve for the experience but Grove Field took a heavy fall at Gowran in a race in which Authinger and Bend The Rules were unplaced and may need more time.
Abbey Lane (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, short of room before 2nd, 4th when fell 6 out,, in a race won by Page Turner (11-5) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs hvy in Dec, 13 ran.
Authinger (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, some progress into moderate 9th before straight, 7th and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 19l behind Some Tikket (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chase in Jan.
Bar Stool Bob (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders and 6th 4 out, ridden in 4th 2 out and no impression in 5th when not fluent last, no extra run-in, 6th of 16, 16l behind Pairofbrowneyes (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jan.
Bend The Rules (IRE) 80-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, mistake 4 out, soon ridden and no extra, 10th of 14, 47l behind Some Tikket (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chase in Jan.
Doc Hollywood (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, headway into 8th 3 out, ridden in 5th and no impression 2 out, 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 12l behind Barneys Honour (11-5) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan '13.
Grove Field (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden in 10th and no impression 4 out, fell 2 out, in a race won by Some Tikket (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chase in Jan, 14 ran.
Late Vintage (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, no extra after halfway, weakened, 14th of 16, well behind Blazing Sonnet (11-5) at Thurles 2m beg chase in Jan.
Ludo Et Emergo (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Led early, headed before 3rd, slight mistake 5th, 2nd halfway, slight mistake 3 out, 3rd entering straight, ridden and no impression leaders after 2 out, kept on one pace, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 16, 11l behind Mount Colah (11-7) at Thurles 2m beg chase sft in Jan.
Matsukaze (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Took keen hold and led, ran wide off bend after 4th and briefly headed next, jumped left at times after, headed 5 out, soon weakened quickly, jumped badly left 4 out, trailing when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Foxrock (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs in Nov, 17 ran.
Moscow Mannon (IRE) 13-8 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 5th, disputed lead from next, mistake 5 out, ridden and headed after 3 out, dropped to 4th at last, no extra, 4th of 11, 8l behind Ned Buntline (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chs sft in Dec.
Not For You (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, dropped off leaders 5 out, soon no impression, 6th of 16, 33l behind Mount Colah (11-7) at Thurles 2m beg chase sft in Jan.
Notimetoserve (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Towards rear, trailing in last from 7th, soon no danger, pulled up before 2 out,, in a race won by Jupitor (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Silver Shuffle (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Soon mid-division, moderate 8th approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 13th of 16, well behind Luke's Benefit (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Dec.
Cerca Trova (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Rear, no impression from 5 out, kept on one pace, 11th of 16, well behind Mount Colah (11-7) at Thurles 2m beg chase sft in Jan.
Indelible Run (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Mid-division, dropped towards rear halfway, weakened 3 out, completely tailed off, 19th of 22, well behind Cool Oscar (11-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in May.
Pipe Down (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) In rear, mistake 3rd, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 6th of 7, 27l behind Grand Jesture (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase sft in Jan.