Only newcomer Georges Street can be ruled out in what should prove a very interesting bumper. Letter Of Credit and Presenting Nama are doubly penalised and preference is just for the former, who beat a good field at Gowran last time, particularly as the latter probably needs quicker ground. Castle Wings was beaten just three lengths by Letter Of Credit Gowran at so should get closer on 3lb better terms while Samain gained many admirers with an excellent run at Punchestown when beating Cairdin by just over a length, despite showing signs of inexperience, with the remainder well beaten. Willie Mullins' charge looks a big threat but the one to beat is MISSISSIPPI RIVER, who failed by the narrowest margin to catch Jim Will Fix It in the Grade 2 Future Champions INH Flat Race at Punchestown's Christmas fixture.
Letter Of Credit (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, 9th halfway, 5th and headway entering straight, 2nd under 2f out, led 1f out, stayed on well, won at Gowran Park 2m N H flat sft in Jan beating Black Benny (11-9) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Presenting Nama (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, soon quickened clear, stayed on strongly final furlong, easily, won at Tipperary 2m N H flat in Oct beating Mrs Bukay (11-6) by 11l, 7 ran.
Castle Wings (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Prominent, 4th halfway, 3rd 4f out, ridden entering straight, kept on from 1 1/2f out, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Letter Of Credit (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat sft in Jan.
Mississippi River (IRE) 2-1fav (12-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, progress into 2nd 3f out, 3rd and ridden early straight, no impression until ran on well inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 10, shd behind Jim Will Fix It (12-0) at Leopardstown 2m nat hunt flat Grade 2 hvy in Dec.
Samain (GER) 8-13fav (11-12) Setttled mid-division early, 5th halfway, improved in 3rd 3f out, led entering straight, ridden and challenged over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Jan beating Cairdin (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Georges Street (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Georges Girl.