With a generous age allowance, useful hurdler Cross Appeal is one to keep an eye on as he makes his chasing debut though he's up against more experienced rivals and it's a tough baptism. Ad Idem fell on his debut over fences and still didn't look foot perfect at Punchestown but ran well enough behind Flat Out to suggest he will get competitive here. C'Est Ca has been a little disappointing to date over fences and was soon struggling in a Grade 2 last time after early mistakes so this can go to BALLYMAK. Gordon Elliott's charge, unbeaten in points and a bumper, was having his first start since beating Puyol over hurdles in December 2009 when a very good third behind Royal De La Thinte at Punchestown on New Year's Eve and with that under his belt can make the expected progress to take this.
Ad Idem (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, improved to 2nd before 5 out, ridden and no impression leader entering straight, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 13l behind Flat Out (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chase hvy.
Ballymak (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Always prominent, 3rd halfway, 2nd 5 out, driven along after next, 3rd and no impression on winner after 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 13l behind Royal De La Thinte (11-11) at Punchestown 3m beg chs hvy in Dec.
Boxing Along (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Disputed early, chased leader from 3rd, led 7 out, ridden and challenged 2 out, headed and no extra before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 10l behind Leon Og (11-12) at Fairyhouse 3m beg chs hvy in Nov.
C'est Ca 5-1 (11-6) Led until slow 1st and headed, slow again 2nd, soon 3rd, ridden along from 5 out, no impression on leaders from next, left remote 2nd 2 out, 2nd of 4, dis behind Mr Cracker (11-6) at Limerick 2m 3f nov chs (1) in Dec.
Capel Lad (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 10th of 14, well behind Osana (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs hvy in Nov '09.
Derinlaur (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Led, ridden and strongly pressed 2 out, headed early straight, dropped to 4th before last, no extra, 5th of 11, 9l behind Ned Of The Hill (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 8Evens16 sft in Dec.
Fennis Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Prominent and reminder after start, 3rd when brought down 3rd, in a race won by Just Friends (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chase, 15 ran.
Gusda (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Raced 2nd, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression on winner from 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 8l behind Roi Du Mee (11-7) at Limerick 2m 6f beg chs in Dec.
Hughies Grey (IRE) 11-2 (9-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, improved into 2nd 5 out, lost place after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 10, 20l behind Askthemaster (10-4) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Dec.
Killeenmore (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Mid-division, moderate 8th 5 out, no impression from next, 6th of 15, 30l behind Just Friends (11-12) at Thurles 2m beg chase.
Last Draw (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, mistake 10th, slow 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Royal De La Thinte (11-11) at Punchestown 3m beg chs hvy in Dec.
Linnel (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Mid-division, some late headway and ridden from 3 out, slight mistake last, 4th of 16, 24l behind Roi Du Mee (11-7) at Limerick 2m 6f beg chs in Dec.
Lunaburg (FR) 66-1 (11-9) Mid-division when mistake and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Slippers Percy (11-9) at Thurles 3m beg chase sft, 15 ran.
Pocketsandperry (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, mistake and unseated rider 5 out, in a race won by Roi Du Mee (11-7) at Limerick 2m 6f beg chs in Dec, 16 ran.
Pontiac (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, moderate 5th 5 out, ridden and no impression from next, left moderate 4th after 2 out, 4th of 11, 34l behind Royal De La Thinte (11-11) at Punchestown 3m beg chs hvy in Dec.
Ri Na Tire (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, dropped towards rear 5 out, soon no extra, 10th of 13, well behind Maryiver (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Mna Na Heirinn (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) In rear, kept on without threatening from 3 out, 6th of 17, 21l behind Copsiano (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Oct '09.
Cross Appeal (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Mid-division on outer, 6th 5 out, slightly hampered after next, 5th and ridden after 2 out, no impression from before last, 5th of 10, 10l behind Askanna (10-4) at Punchestown 2m 6f hdl in Nov.
Ahsurelookit (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 6th halfway, no impression from 3 out, 6th of 13, 40l behind Gentle Alice (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs in Dec.
That Beats Banaher (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Slippers Percy (11-9) at Thurles 3m beg chase sft.
Mountain Lough (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Always behind, 7th of 16, 30l behind Roi Du Mee (11-7) at Limerick 2m 6f beg chs in Dec.