Daring Article had shown nothing over fences on ground too testing but looked a different proposition at Punchestown where he jumped well and stayed on strongly. He's up 8lb but a follow-up can't be ruled out. For A Finish last won a year ago and has been struggling at the weights this year but he's done better recently and is almost back on his winning mark with his rider's claim taken into consideration. Canaly has won twice over fences but generally makes too many mistakes which he won't be able to afford here. Forty Foot Tom easily landed a beginners event in April though the assessor appears to have overreacted but FISHER BRIDGE looks capable of taking this at his best. Noel Meade's charge, a winner on the Flat at Down Royal in September, generally races in better company and will find this less demanding than the Cork Grand National where he ran last time.
Out Now (IRE) 7-2fav (10-2) Tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 11th of 20, well behind Bob Lingo (10-3) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs gd in Aug '12.
Canaly (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Raced in 3rd, slight mistake 6th, reminders after 8th, improved to dispute lead before 4 out, every chance when fell next,, in a race won by Letter Of Credit (10-9) at Thurles 3m chs gd in Nov, 4 ran.
Orpheus Valley (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division, niggled along 7 out, ridden in 7th 4 out, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Klepht (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs sft in Apr, 14 ran.
Sole Witness (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Led and disputed, headed 3 out and ridden, weakened from next, 7th of 20, 15l behind Cootamundra (10-2) at Navan 3m hcp chs 0-150 in Nov.
Fisher Bridge (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway into 6th 4 out, ridden in 5th and no extra before straight, weakened, 8th of 17, well behind Sword Fish (9-7) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov.
Forty Foot Tom 12-1 (10-11) Chased leader in 2nd, closer order 6 out, 4th approaching straight, no impression 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 11l behind Protaras (10-9) at Cork 2m hcp chs 0-140 sft in Nov.
Armaramak (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Chased leaders and in rear before halfway, pushed along approaching 4 out and no extra when slight mistake 2 out, weakened, last of 6, 44l behind Noble Prince (11-0) at Thurles 2m 6f lst chs (1) gd in Nov.
Character Actor (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Always behind, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 10th of 11, 40l behind Dick Dundee (11-6) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs in Oct.
Mister First (FR) 16-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, ridden from 3 out, some modest progress from 2 out, never nearer, 8th of 24, 6l behind Followmeuptocarlow (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.
Fever Pitch (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, bumped at 2nd, not fluent 3 out, 5th approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 26l behind Count Salazar (10-13) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Oct.
Daring Article (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Mid-division early, 7th halfway, 5th 4 out, ridden in 4th next, stayed on to 2nd entering straight, pressed leader last, kept on well to lead run-in, won at Punchestown 3m hcp chs 0-116 in May beating Stonemaster (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 18 ran.
In Great Form (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, ridden entering straight and soon no extra, weakened, 9th of 19, 33l behind Goonyella (10-0) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Apr.
Mackeys Forge (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) In rear, ridden 4 out, some modest progress from next, moderate 6th and left 5th at last, no impression, 5th of 13, 46l behind Tinakellylad (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 in Nov.
For A Finish 7-1 (11-11) Soon raced in 3rd, not fluent 2nd, dropped to 4th before straight, soon no impression, left moderate 2nd from 2 out, not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 8, 15l behind Araglen Lad (10-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 in Nov.
The Hard Hat (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, ridden from 4 out, soon no extra, 13th of 16, well behind Not For Changing (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Zardsky (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, left in lead briefly 8th, soon 2nd, disputed briefly 7 out, slight mistake 6 out, ridden and weakened next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Sword Fish (9-7) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150 sft in Nov, 17 ran.