A huge field of moderate performers judged on the efforts of those with experience and the market may prove the best guide. Indubitably has a couple of decent efforts to his credit though he was beaten a long way on heavy ground at Down Royal last time. Viaduct Joey landed a point-to-point at Dromahane in November and in the context of this race that could prove strong form though it's another winner between the flags, RUN WITH THE WIND, who gets the nod. Mick Hourigan's charge unshipped his rider on his hurdling debut but led for a long way when a close fifth in a big field at Punchestown last week and should soon have these rivals struggling. One to keep an eye on in the betting is Final Victory, three times a winner on the Flat in the UK and with the right man to make a hurdler though he's untested in these conditions.
Abarta (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, 9th of 18, 32l behind Four Commanders (11-4) at Thurles 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy.
Alajan (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, 14th of 21, 33l behind Hidden Universe (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Asia To Cuba (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 4f out, no impression, 12th of 15, 22l behind Shaniv (11-2) at Sligo 2m 4yo nhf gd in May.
Battling Boru (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Prominent, ridden and weakened from 3 out, soon behind, 15th of 18, well behind Four Commanders (11-4) at Thurles 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy.
Burma Rock (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Always towards rear, 18th of 22, well behind Noel Browne (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Cut Your Cloth (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 12th of 18, 12l behind No Trimmings (9-0) at Navan 1m 3yo hcp 47-65 gd in Jun '09 (flat).
Final Victory 14-1 (9-9) Took keen hold early, held up towards rear, driven on outside over 2f out, stayed on final 2f, never going pace to threaten, 6th of 12, 9l behind Woolfall Treasure (10-0) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Oct (flat).
First Impressions (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, soon ridden, no impression straight, 5th of 18, 19l behind Four Commanders (11-4) at Thurles 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy.
I'lltelimar King (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Prominent, 3rd halfway, weakened over 4f out, eased straight, 9th of 15, well behind Celtic Folklore (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat sft in Jan.
Indubitably 20-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 10th and no extra before 4 out, kept on one pace, 11th of 20, 38l behind Silverlord (11-12) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Ithinkbest 10-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, no extra from early straight, weakened, 20th of 28, well behind Sydney Des Pictons (11-3) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Julie Prince (IRE) Desert Prince gelding out of Daniella Ridge.
Mackey Boy (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 6th on outer approaching 5 out, no extra after 3 out, 12th of 21, 49l behind Raptor (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) sft in Jan.
Molly's Lad (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Held up, 11th halfway, progress over 4f out, moderate 6th 3f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 15, 38l behind Celtic Folklore (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat sft in Jan.
Osiera (FR) Volochine gelding out of Little Blue.
Raggletagglegypsy (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway in 7th 5f out, ridden into 5th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 18, 1l behind Open Up Your Heart (11-7) at Down Royal 2m N H flat.
Rockshandy (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 18, well behind Definite Class (11-2) at Clonmel 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo).
Run With The Wind (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Led, strongly pressed 2 out, ridden and headed before last, no extra run-in, 5th of 22, 3 1/2l behind Noel Browne (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Saint Breiz (FR) 66-1 (11-1) Rear of mid-division, moderate 5th after halfway, no impression when slipped up after 3 out, in a race won by Stay (10-11) at Tramore 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Tickle Your Fancy (IRE) 100-1 (11-11) Always behind, 17th of 22, 46l behind Johnny McGeeney (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Too Late To Sell (IRE) 100-1 (11-8) Never better than mid-division, 11th of 22, 33l behind Johnny McGeeney (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Viaduct Joey (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked ldr in 2nd/3rd until 5th from 6out, prog aftr 4out & chall when lft in ld 3out, easily, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Nov beating Amaury De Lusignan (11-7) by 7l, 11 ran.
Gleaming Silver (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division on inner, no impression from 4 out, 10th of 18, 32l behind Four Commanders (11-4) at Thurles 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy.
Urban Beach (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Mid-division, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 16th of 18, well behind Ruler Of All (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Utellme (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Mid-division best, ridden and no extra 3 out, 16th of 19, 38l behind White Star Line (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Oh Em Gee (IRE) 150-1 (10-9) Chased leaders in 4th, slight mistake 4th, dropped to rear next, trailing when mistake 3 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Fiveforthree (11-3) at Punchestown 2m hdl hvy.
Strandfield Bay (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Always behind, 17th of 22, 41l behind Noel Browne (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Celtic Twilight (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 8th 1/2way, prog into 5th 3out, 3rd when left in lead 2out, narrow adv last when left clr, kow up, won at Kilfeacle 3m ire ptp sft in Jan beating No Notions (12-0) by 4l, 18 ran.