Barneys Honour has been running very well over hurdles and reverts to fences on a 13lb lower mark but he's definitely better over timber and was beaten a long way behind HANS CRESCENT at Cork just over a year ago. The winner hasn't been in the best of form but has been running in better company so this drop in grade can enable him to get back on track. Uncle Tom Cobley has won once from 24 starts over fences and that was over two years ago and though Carloswayback has a touch of class he's had very little experience over fences and is high enough in the weights. Pass The Hat has had even less experience having run just three times in minor company over fences and shown nothing like his hurdles form.
Carloswayback (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Waited with, beaten from 6 out, pulled up entering straight, in a race won by Prince De Beauchene (11-11) at Limerick 2m 3f hdl hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Beeverstown (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Led, ridden and headed before last, soon no extra and pulled up, in a race won by Lastoftheleaders (11-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs hvy, 11 ran.
Uncle Tom Cobley (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Disputed, led 1st, ridden and challenged entering straight, narrowly headed over 1f out, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Competitive Edge (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Hans Crescent (FR) 16-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 4th before 4 out, kept on same pace from before 2 out, 4th of 13, 18l behind Wilde Wit Pleasure (10-6) at Cork 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Jan.
Pass The Hat 40-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, 7th 3 out, ridden and no impression 2 out, 7th of 12, 24l behind Lord Windermere (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 3f beg chs sft in Dec.
Barneys Honour (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Settled in 8th, headway 3 out and 3rd entering straight, ridden after 2 out and tried to challenge last, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Rory Anna (11-8) at Gowran Park 2m 1f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (80-123) (4yo+) hvy in Jan.
Hidden Present (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Led, fell 1st, in a race won by Competitive Edge (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan, 14 ran.