It's a major surprise that Willie Mullins has been unable to get a race out of Champagne Agent and, though he won't get many better opportunities, he has now finished runner-up five times from 10 starts over hurdles and lacks a change of pace. His overall form suggests this could be his day but MAD BRIAN may consign him to second place again. He looked promising in bumpers before running the useful Morning Assembly close on his hurdling debut. He was fancied against the classy Defy Logic at Fairyhouse last month and though held when unseating his rider after the last it was a cracking effort and compensation awaits. Pyrus Gold Wind has steadily progressed and looked a sure-fire future winner when runner-up to King Of Firth at Fairyhouse so he's likely to be challenging for honours. The remainder will need to improve to get involved.
Anthem Royale (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Soon tracked leaders, 7th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 9th of 22, 29l behind Irish Thistle (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Arctic Trail (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, completely tailed off, 21st of 22, well behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Bold Revenge (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division for most, never a factor, 12th of 22, well behind Un De Sceaux (11-11) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Boom Hall (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Chased leaders in 4th, no extra after halfway and weakened 4f out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Azorian (11-13) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat sft in Feb.
Boxwood Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Towards rear, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Civena (10-11) at Bellewstown 3m mdn hdl sft in Jul, 12 ran.
Breens Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, 13th of 15, well behind Kashline (11-1) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Champagne Agent (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Prominent and led after 4th, strongly pressed 2 out and headed entering straight, soon no impression on winner, kept on same pace under pressure, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Way Up In The Air (11-5) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Duc D'Anjou (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Prominent, lost place approaching 3 out, soon no extra, 13th of 18, well behind Better Times (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f mdn hdl hvy in Nov '11.
Gold Spark (IRE) Goldmark gelding out of Sparkling Rosie.
Hero De Villeneuve (FR) 33-1 (11-11) In rear, no impression from 3 out, 10th of 17, 18l behind Upsie (11-4) at Naas 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Live At Five (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Always behind, ridden soon after halfway, tailed off, 12th of 17, well behind Ballynacree (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Feb '12.
Mad Brian (IRE) 2-1 (10-11) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden and no impression on winner after 3 out, 10L 2nd and beaten when stumbled after landing at last and unseated rider, in a race won by Defy Logic (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Master Oscar (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Celestial Dance.
On The Shannon (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, no extra after 5 out and behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Are Ya Right Chief (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Feb, 17 ran.
Parlour Of Dreams (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no extra and weakened approaching straight, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Ceasar Milan (11-4) at Down Royal 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Pyrus Gold Wind (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, closer in 3rd 3 out, ridden entering straight, kept on same pace from 2 out, went 2nd run-in, 2nd of 16, 2l behind King Of Firth (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Testoftime (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, 15th of 20, well behind Legal Exit (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Flemankor (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden in 2nd before straight, no extra and kept on same pace 3 out, 6th of 12, 25l behind Mullaghanoe River (11-10) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Times Like These (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Towards rear for much, never a factor, 10th of 13, well behind Nouveau Moulin (11-2) at Limerick 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Jan.