RULE THE WORLD went close to landing a Grade 3 event at Cork last time when beaten a head by Our Vinnie. He had Busty Brown behind and the latter has since scored over C&D where he beat Bonisland over four lengths. Mouse Morris' charge should come out best on that evidence and gets the nod. Benevolent also carries the same colours as the two principals but has plenty to find with Dushybeag on collateral form. The latter beat The Paparrazi Kid, who runs in the previous race, last month while smart chaser Joncol makes his belated debut over the smaller obstacles.
Benevolent 9-1 (11-10) Held up in 5th, slightly adrift of field from 7th, ridden and no impression from 3 out, went remote 4th run-in, 4th of 5, 14l behind Seefood (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft in Nov.
Dushybeag (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Led 1st, clear advantage halfway, left well clear 6 out, pushed out from 2 out, kept on well, won at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov beating The Paparrazi Kid (11-12) by 21l, 8 ran.
Rule The World 3-1 (11-0) Soon tracked leaders, improved after 4 out, travelling well and on terms straight, led after 2 out, strongly pressed and kept on well run-in, headed, 2nd of 9, hd behind Our Vinnie (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) in Nov.
Bonisland 9-4fav (10-13) (poor visibility) tracked leaders, 3rd 4 out, led somewhere around 3 out, soon strongly pressed, headed after last, no extra and dropped to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Busty Brown (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Nov.
Clash Of Kings (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) (poor visibility) led, ridden and headed early straight, soon weakened, out of contention when fell 2 out, in a race won by Drawn N Drank (11-12) at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl hvy in Nov, 10 ran.
Joncol (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Ran a bit in snatches, chased leaders, moderate 5th 4 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 15l behind Kauto Stone (11-10) at Down Royal 3m Grade 1 chs (1) gs in Nov.
Another Challenge (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Made all, strongly pressed from 2f out, asserted from over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Thurles 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Feb beating Forced Kin (11-0) by 9l, 5 ran.