RUBI LIGHT has won this for the past two years when run at Gowran but has never run over fences on this track. He had a lung infection when last of three in the John Durkan but bounced back with a cracking effort behind the brilliant Sizing Europe in the Dial-A-Bet at Leopardstown and a return to this longer trip should see him complete a three-timer in the event. Foildubh was also behind Sizing Europe last time and is another suited by further. He's closely matched with Hidden Cyclone on their run at Naas in October though the overall form of both doesn't quite match that of the selection. Chicago Grey finished runner-up a year ago but was beaten a long way and his most recent form leaves plenty to be desired.
Rubi Light (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Led and disputed, pushed along 3 out, ridden in 2nd 2 out, kept on under pressure, not reach winner run-in, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Sizing Europe (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f Grade 1 chs (1) sft in Dec.
Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 5-1fav (11-10) Tracked leaders on inner, ridden in 5th 2 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 18, 11l behind Farrells Fancy (9-6) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs hvy in Jan.
Chicago Grey (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Raced in 4th, ridden in 3rd before 3 out and soon no chance with first 2, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 39l behind Bog Warrior (11-6) at Gowran Park 3m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Foildubh (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Chased leader in 2nd, slight mistake 3 out, ridden entering straight, no impression before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 10l behind Sizing Europe (11-12) at Punchestown 2m chs Grd 2 (1) hvy.