Griesenau couldn't handle the potentially useful Vesper Bell at Fairyhouse before falling at Down Royal but it will be a surprise if there's anything of that winner's calibre here. MALLER TREE had some decent form in bumpers and made a bright start over timber at Leopardstown when a close third to Aupcharlie. That will have done him the world of good and the 2lb he receives from Beef To The Heels may just be enough. The latter is progressing with each run and was only caught in the final strides by Station Lane at Down Royal. Present Potential did nothing wrong behind Allure Of Illusion at Punchestown and is another on the upgrade.
Beef To The Heels (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Always prominent, tracked leader in 2nd, led 3 out, asserted before last, soon ridden run-in and headed final strides, 2nd of 20, hd behind Station Lane (10-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy.
Court Jester (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Always behind, trailing from 3 out, 22nd of 24, well behind Bridgets Pet (11-11) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft.
Griesenau (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, fell 5 out, in a race won by Station Lane (10-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy, 20 ran.
Tusa Eire (IRE) 50-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, ridden and no extra approaching straight, weakened, 13th of 15, well behind Lovethehigherlaw (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in May.
Maller Tree 9-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no extra approaching last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Aupcharlie (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jan.
Merrydown Vintage (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Towards rear, never a factor, driven along and no impression after 3 out, kept on one pace in straight, 6th of 17, 32l behind Make Your Mark (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl gd in Dec.
Present Potential (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden and no impression on first 2 before last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Allure Of Illusion (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) hvy.
Railway Vic (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Mid-division, closed to chase leaders from before 4 out, no impression from before next, moderate 5th and kept on same pace from before straight, 4th of 16, 37l behind Jack Bene (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Another Tempest (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 4th approaching 3 out, soon lost place and no extra, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Marasonnien (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Jan.
Clasico (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Always behind, 21st of 24, well behind Bridgets Pet (11-11) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft.
Ollies Gal (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, 6th entering straight, no extra after 2 out, 9th of 24, 17l behind Bridgets Pet (11-11) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft.