Hillman is only a couple of pounds higher than when third at Tramore on New Year's Day and has to have some sort of chance in a modest heat. Franchoek looks a light of former days, however, while Easy Vic was only fourth when well backed at Leopardstown at the start of the month, though trainer and jockey could hardly be in better form. SAIGHEADA BEAGA finished ahead of Easy Vic in that Leopardstown contest and is only a pound worse off. That looks the best piece of recent form and Terence O'Brien's charge gets a tentative vote, though Hidden Present has been thereabouts off similar marks this season and has won over this trip. Ardglen isn't badly treated but has been below par lately.
Good Egg (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Led and clear at stages, still in front into straight, headed from before 2 out, soon no extra, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 16l behind Warne (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hts chs sft in Feb.
Franchoek (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, no impression from before 3 out, 9th of 14, 31l behind Hidden Crack (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-123) (5yo+).
Ardglen (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Disputed early, remained prominent and 2nd halfway, no extra from 4 out, weakened, 12th of 19, 48l behind Down Under (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 sft.
Hidden Present (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Led, ridden and strongly pressed 3 out, headed next, no impression on winner when joined for 2nd briefly at last, kept on same pace in 2nd run-in, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Barneys Honour (10-12) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 sft.
Jim Bowie (IRE) 7-2 (10-9) Mid-division, 6th halfway, soon dropped towards rear, no threat in straight, 9th of 10, 34l behind Clashnabrook (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Nov.
Baby Whizz (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) In rear, ridden in rear from 4 out, kept on one paced to go moderate 4th from 2 out, 4th of 9, 29l behind Barneys Honour (10-12) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 sft.
Lord Alfie (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway to challenge before 3 out, 3rd 3 out, ridden in 4th and no extra entering straight, kept on one pace, 4th of 15, 45l behind Letterlee Star (10-2) at Thurles 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Feb.
Saigheada Beaga (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Always prominent, 3rd halfway, led 9th, joined briefly 2 out, ridden to lead again entering straight, strongly pressed and headed run-in, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 19, 4 1/2l behind Down Under (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 sft.
Scavenger Lad (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 4 out and headway to dispute briefly 2 out, ridden in 3rd entering straight and dropped to 7th last, no extra, 9th of 19, 26l behind Down Under (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 sft.
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.
Ard Agus Fada (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, towards rear when pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Down Under (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 sft, 19 ran.
Barnanely Beau (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 13, well behind Caheronaun (11-5) at Thurles 3m beg chase sft in Feb.
Hillman (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Waited with, closed to track leaders from before 3 out, challenged going well from before next where 2nd, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Preswell Lad (10-12) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Jan.
Too Late To Sell (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Mid-division best, not always fluent jumping, no extra approaching 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Caheronaun (11-5) at Thurles 3m beg chase sft in Feb.
Easy Vic (IRE) 7-2fav (9-11) Held up in rear, 11th 2 out, some headway in 9th when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in to go 4th close home, 4th of 19, 8l behind Down Under (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 sft.