TWINLIGHT hasn't been seen since landing a Grade 2 over the minimum trip at Punchestown in November but Willie Mullins has always considered him likely to do better over today's trip and he's progressing enough to defy his penalty. Buckers Bridge was obviously nowhere near his best when tailed off in the Grade 1 Drinmore at Fairyhouse in December and is better judged on his previous form. Dedigout finished runner-up in that latter event and has since been well beaten at Leopardstown where his jumping let him down. Cootamundra and Prima Vista are useful performers but don't look quite up to this class.
Twinlight (FR) 9-1 (11-7) Made all, slight mistake and ridden 2 out, soon strongly pressed, slight mistake last, joined run-in, asserted close home, won at Punchestown 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) hvy in Nov beating Baily Green (11-10) by 1l, 4 ran.
Buckers Bridge (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders in moderate 3rd, ridden and weakened after 4 out, tailed off when eased run-in, last of 5, well behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.
Cootamundra (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Held up in last, ridden and went 5th from 2 out, no impression run-in, 5th of 6, 8l behind Texas Jack (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 5f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Dedigout (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, mistake 11th and slight mistake 5 out, no extra from 2 out and moderate 6th when slow jump last, 6th of 12, well behind Back In Focus (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.
Prima Vista 9-4fav (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, bad mistake 4th, mistake 2 out, ridden and no extra last, weakened, 6th of 7, 46l behind Rupert Lamb (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Jan.