Sizing Australia is one of the top cross-country horses around and will be using this as a prelude to the big meetings in the spring. He last won over hurdles at Wexford in October and, as he's only 6lb higher, can carry his big weight with distinction. Westerners Son landed a Leopardstown handicap on New Year's Eve for which he was handed an astonishing 13lb rise which he very nearly defied at Thurles. He's up another 3lb but his rider can claim all of that back so a big run is anticipated. Spacious Sky is just 5lb higher than when scoring here in November and ran very well when last seen in December so he has to go on the shortlist but it's COURT JESTER who looks the one to be on as he has been in cracking form on testing ground and only just failed to see off Gold Not Silver over a trip too far at Down Royal.
Sizing Australia (IRE) 22-1 (10-8) Mid-division, blundered and unseated rider 10th, in a race won by Chance Du Roy (10-6) at Aintree 3m 2f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Dec, 22 ran.
Treacy Hotels Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, hampered a little 5 out, ridden from next, soon no extra, 10th of 12, well behind Limpopo Tom (11-8) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gd in Aug.
Kilmainham (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Slowly into stride and always in rear, ridden along 4 out, never a factor, 10th of 12, well behind Gilgamboa (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Dec.
Westerners Son (IRE) 7-2fav (11-3) Chased leader, closer in 2nd from 4th, led 3 out, ridden and headed after next, no impression on winner before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 18, 2l behind Getoutwhenyoucan (11-3) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Jan.
Masterofdeception (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, ridden from next, soon weakened, 8th of 12, well behind Tidy Zag (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Jan.
Spacious Sky (USA) 12-1 (10-6) Rear of mid-division, 8th approaching straight, ridden and progress to go 4th at last, under pressure and kept on one pace run-in to go 3rd close home,, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Sea Light (10-10) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Atrafs Lad (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear, some progress halfway and 9th 4 out, no extra entering straight, 10th of 16, 43l behind Pairofbrowneyes (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jan.
Rafi De Triana (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Chased leader and closer in 4th halfway, 3rd when not fluent 2 out, no impression on winner when not fluent last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 18, 4l behind Getoutwhenyoucan (11-3) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Jan.
Shanroe Society (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) In rear, mistake 5th, outpaced 4 out, went 4th and no impression from 2 out, 4th of 6, 18l behind Plus Jamais (10-8) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Court Jester (IRE) 3-1fav (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th 4 out, close 5th on outer next, ridden in 2nd 2 out, disputed lead at last, led briefly inside final furlong, headed on line, 2nd of 13, shd behind Gold Not Silver (11-1) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.
Gone Bust (IRE) 40-1 (9-10) Led early, headed before 2nd, moderate 4th approaching 6 out, no extra from before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out,, in a race won by Carrow Queen (9-10) at Limerick 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Themanwiththeplan (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Mid-division, pushed along in 11th after 4 out, no extra, 13th of 18, 25l behind Getoutwhenyoucan (11-3) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Jan.
Freeport 66-1 (11-0) Towards rear, a little slow 2nd, no danger approaching straight, 17th of 22, well behind Ivan Grozny (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Yeoman (FR) 16-1 (10-4) Soon chased leaders, closer in 2nd before straight, no extra from after 2 out, 9th of 12, 23l behind Reality Dose (10-6) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-109 sft in Jan.