Knockgraffon King makes his handicap debut over fences and has yet to prove himself while it's a surprise to see Carry Each Other in first-time blinkers after his victory in a moderate beginners' event at Thurles. WISE OSCAR has shown little over fences but joined Dessie Hughes in November and has improved markedly over hurdles. He's on a massive 23lb lower mark here and will be very difficult to beat. Shellys Creek jumps well and stays on stoutly in testing ground and any rain would aid her cause while Sea Master has dropped to a lowly mark and could battle on into a place.
Carry Each Other (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Mid-division, niggled along halfway, ridden in moderate 8th after 4 out, stayed on under pressure to 4th 2 out, 2nd last, kept on well run-in to lead closing stages, won at Thurles 2m 5f beg chase hvy in Feb beating Western Man (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Zardsky (IRE) 11-1 (10-2) Prominent, weakened from 3 out 2 out (usual 4 out), behind when pulled up before last 2 out (usual 2 out), in a race won by Tofino Bay (11-4) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 hvy in Nov, 20 ran.
Rinroe (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always rear, in touch and ridden approaching straight, no extra after 2 out, last of 5, 15l behind Canaly (11-12) at Clonmel 2m chs in Feb.
Knockgraffon King (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in moderate 4th, no impression on leaders from 4 out, 4th of 6, 41l behind Western Leader (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase hvy in Jan.
Droim Toll (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, weakened 6 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Spot The Boss (9-10) at Punchestown 3m 4f hcp chs hvy in Feb, 10 ran.
Sang Bleu (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, no extra after 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, 49l behind Panther Claw (11-11) at Punchestown 3m 1f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-123) (5yo+) hvy in Jan.
Healys Bar (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Prominent, disputed after 4th until ridden and no extra 3 out, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Madam Bovary (11-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chase hvy in Jan, 16 ran.
Sword Fish (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) In rear, ridden from 3 out, moderate 7th 2 out, kept on one paced, 5th of 11, 24l behind Tarquinius (10-9) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Wise Oscar (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Mid-division, pushed along in 5th before 3 out, improved into 2nd entering straight, led 2 out and soon stretched well clear, stayed on strongly from last, eased inside final furlong, very easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Jan beating Miss Xian (10-9) by 8l, 9 ran.
Shellys Creek (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Led and clear early, reduced advantage halfway, ridden and strongly pressed after 3 out, headed next, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Tarquinius (10-9) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Sea Master (IRE) 12-1 (10-1) Mid-division early, 4th halfway, headway into 3rd 2 out, ridden into 2nd entering straight, no extra from last, lost 2nd closing stages, 3rd of 13, 12l behind Tarquinius (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-116 sft in Dec.
Borolee (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Mistake 2nd, soon towards rear, slight mistake 7th, no impression and kept on same pace from before 4 out, 5th of 8, 36l behind Count Salazar (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Dec.
Lusiad (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division on inner, mistake and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Robertstown Rover (9-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Dec, 16 ran.
Amber Knight (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Mid-division early, reminders and towards rear 3rd, ridden and no impression after 4 out, weakened and pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Letterlee Star (10-2) at Thurles 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Feb, 15 ran.
Flamingos Gold (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Held up early, 5th halfway, headway into 2nd 3 out, ridden to challenge entering straight, no extra in 2nd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Ballinahow Lady (11-4) at Thurles 3m mrs nov chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb.