Spiker The Biker won once from 18 starts between the flags and has yet to hit the target under Rules despite running 21 times. He's well enough handicapped but difficult to fancy with that record while Valley Of Thrushes hasn't run over hurdles for over three years though he's better handicapped having won a Limerick handicap chase in December. Sumkindasuprstar is still a maiden over timber but a massive 28lb lower than over fences where he's won three times. He has to be on the short-list but it's SUPER VIC who is handed the vote. Colin Bowe's mare has had very little racing but looked a progressive type when narrowly beaten by Twin Plan in a Fairyhouse handicap a couple of weeks ago and her rider's allowance is a major bonus.
Slaney Conflict (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, 8th 2 out, soon no extra, 7th of 10, 21l behind Anonis (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Sumkindasuprstar (IRE) 4-1fav (9-10) Led and disputed, strongly pressed into straight, joined 2 out, no impression on winner in 2nd from before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Vics Canvas (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy.
Flamenco Prince 25-1 (11-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, dropped to rear 4 out and soon weakened, completely tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Tofino Bay (11-5) at Naas 3m nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
K T Molly (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, 10th of 15, well behind Whiskey And Rye (11-12) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy.
Lapse Of Reason (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Led and disputed, 2nd 6 out, ridden in 3rd 3 out, no extra in 7th 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 18, 22l behind Novarov (10-12) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov '11.
Miss Penny Pincher (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Mid-division, 8th on outer 2 out, ridden and soon no extra, 13th of 17, 20l behind Summer Star (10-1) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mares hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Valley Of Thrushes (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Always prominent, mainly 2nd, on terms and clear of remainder from before straight, ridden to gain narrow lead before last, stayed on well run-in to hold on at the line, won at Limerick 2m 6f Handicap Chase (0-123) (10yo+) hvy in Dec beating Toomdeely (10-9) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Snowell (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Towards rear, no impression from 4 out, 9th of 15, well behind Whiskey And Rye (11-12) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy.
West Council (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 7th 2 out, under pressure in 5th entering straight, no extra before last, 11th of 26, 23l behind Shariyan (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Jan.
Mister Farmer (FR) 12-1 (11-3) Led and disputed early, dropped towards rear 5th, pulled up after 6th, in a race won by Tarquinius (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-116 sft in Dec, 13 ran.
Mr Shankly (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Ww, some late prog from 3out, ko without threatening str, 5th of 10, 10l behind Back Door Approach (12-0) at Askeaton 3m ire ptp hvy.
Super Vic (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, led after 4 out, ridden entering straight, headed after 2 out, dropped to 3rd briefly before last, kept on same pace in 2nd run-in, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Twin Plan (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy.
Day Dream Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Waited with towards rear, not fluent 4th, went moderate 7th and no impression from before straight, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 46l behind Ponmeword (11-4) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Jan.
Spiker The Biker (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, close up and a bit slow 3 out, ridden to chase leaders from next, kept on under pressure without quite getting to principals closing stages, dead-heated for 3rd but promoted to a share of 2nd, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Miss Xian (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan.
Celtic Passion (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, behind from 3 out, 6th of 8, well behind Annie Power (11-2) at Clonmel 2m hdl hvy.
Take It Too 3-1 (12-0) Ww in rr, rapid prog to sprint clr 2out, wknd late, and v tired close home, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Inside Shadow (11-4) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec.
Comme Je Trouve (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Savello (11-12) at Clonmel 2m beg chase hvy.