LAST TIME D'ALBAIN reverted back to hurdling at Fairyhouse on a very lenient mark and never really looked like failing. He's been raised 8lb but is still very well treated compared to his chase rating and should win again. Cool Oscar hadn't shown much for a while before a cracking effort in a huge field here in September. He showed that was no fluke by scoring easily at Thurles and looks certain to get involved despite a 9lb rise. Whiskey And Red was around eight lengths behind at Thurles but is better off at the weights and has a chance of reversing the form despite a subsequent defeat. Tarquinius has been chasing and Volkis O'Blue> looks a little high in the weights.
Station Lane (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, in rear approaching 2 out, kept on one pace in straight, 8th of 12, 33l behind Civena (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Oct.
Last Time D'albain (FR) 7-4fav (11-8) Mid-division, progress from 3 out, close 4th and ridden entering straight, led last, stayed on well under pressure run-in, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Oct beating Followmeuptocarlow (10-12) by 2l, 16 ran.
Cool Oscar (IRE) 3-1fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway to challenge after 3 out and led next, soon asserted and kept on well, won at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct beating Preswell Lad (11-6) by 7l, 18 ran.
Tarquinius (FR) 11-2 (10-7) Disputed lead for much, in front 3 out, jumped badly left 2 out, soon headed, no extra and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Kyle's Turn (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gs.
Forestside (IRE) 18-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, dropped to 8th 5 out, weakened before next, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Bondage (11-5) at Sligo 2m 4f cond hcp hdl (80-109) gd in Jul, 13 ran.
Miss Xian (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon no extra and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Enter The Indian (11-1) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Apr, 20 ran.
Volkis O'blue (FR) 10-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 3rd before 2 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from before last, 4th of 11, 14l behind Grange (11-2) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Oct.
Seeability (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Raced in last, mistake 2nd, 5th from 8th, weakened from 3 out, tailed off when jumped right 2 out and mistake last, 4th of 6, well behind Beau Michael (11-5) at Tipperary 2m 4f nov chs (1) in Oct '10.
Whiskey And Red (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Chased leaders, fifth and ridden from 2 out, 3rd approaching last, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Vic Chic (11-10) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy.
Ballyfinboy (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Close up, in front 4 out, joined from before straight, headed from before last where not fluent, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 15, 13l behind Masked Phantom (11-10) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109.
Personal Shopper 8-1 (10-8) Soon mid-division, niggled along from 5th, lost place from 5 out, no extra 3 out, completely tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Underdefloorboards (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 in Oct.