Winning point-to-pointer Panther Claw has had just three runs over regulation fences and makes his handicap debut with a big weight though he ran very well behind Rich Revival at Fairyhouse. Miss Pepperpot has been competing at a much higher level since completing a double just over a year ago and must be considered despite still looking a few pounds high. Whats On The Menu is still a maiden over fences but wasn't far behind Luke's Benefit here on New Year's Eve and a repeat of that would see him go close but it's UNOCCUPIED who is handed the vote. He hadn't shown much before grinding the opposition into the ground on very heavy going at Tramore and with the longer trip certain to suit he can follow up. Sang Bleu may do best of the remainder.
Dont Back Down (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Led, headed before 5 out, pushed along in 3rd approaching straight, no extra in 5th from 2 out, 5th of 9, 20l behind He'llberemembered (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Panther Claw (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Prominent, led from 6th, ridden and narrowly headed from 2 out, stayed on well run-in to press winner to line, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Rich Revival (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft in Dec.
Miss Pepperpot (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Disputed lead, headed 7th, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 7th of 11, 19l behind Avondhu Lady (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp chs sft in Dec.
Whats On The Menu (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Led or disputed lead, driven along and headed 2 out, dropped to 4th before last, kept on under pressure into 3rd run-in, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Sang Bleu (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, no impression from before straight, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 29l behind Valley Of Thrushes (9-10) at Limerick 2m 6f Handicap Chase (0-123) (10yo+) hvy in Dec.
Unoccupied 20-1 (11-12) Always prominent, in front and slight mistake 4 out, went clear from before last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Tramore 2m 5f beg chs hvy in Dec beating Zekarya (11-12) by 11l, 11 ran.
Killeenmore (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on from 3 out without threatening, 6th of 18, 34l behind Ad Idem (11-12) at Navan 2m 6f beg chase hvy in Jan '11.
Karinga Queen (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden in moderate 6th 3 out, went moderate 4th at last, no extra, 4th of 11, 14l behind Tarquinius (10-9) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy.
Spot The Boss (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, 2nd 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 11, 33l behind Tarquinius (10-9) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy.
Amber Knight (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Always behind, 8th of 11, well behind Tarquinius (10-9) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy.
Current Resession (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Mid-division, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tarquinius (10-9) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 hvy, 11 ran.