UN DE SCEAUX, twice a winning bumper in the French Provinces, made a sparkling debut for Willie Mullins in a maiden hurdle on this track in February and has been saved for this event. He could prove very exciting and should remain unbeaten despite stepping up markedly in class. Waaheb has become disappointing and was beaten at very long odds-on at Fairyhouse in February. He definitely has the best form but is best watched for the moment and Moscow Mannon could prove more of a threat as he's run well in better company after making a winning hurdling debut at Navan. Cops And Robbers is making very good progress and there was much to like about his close second to Pique Sous in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse earlier this month.
Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Mid-division, 6th 3 out, soon ridden, went moderate 4th before last, 4th of 10, 11l behind Mallowney (11-9) at Naas 2m lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) sft in Mar.
Cops And Robbers 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, headway to lead approaching 2 out, strongly pressed when not fluent last and soon headed, no impression on winner run-in and kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Pique Sous (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hdl G2 (1).
Juan De Gracia (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Always prominent, improved to lead after 3 out, soon ridden, strongly pressed at last, stayed on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar beating Benemeade (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Moscow Mannon (IRE) 13-8fav (11-6) Tracked leaders on outer and keen early, improved to lead 3 out, strongly pressed and ridden after 2 out, headed before last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Mallowney (11-9) at Naas 2m lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) sft in Mar.
Pyrus Gold Wind (IRE) 11-8fav (11-4) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway in 4th 3 out where left 2nd, soon led, challenged entering straight, ridden and kept on well from before last, won at Thurles 2m mdn hdl gd beating River Slaney (10-11) by 3 1/2l, 17 ran.
Un De Sceaux (FR) 9-10fav (11-11) Made all, keen hold early, challenged 2 out, asserted from last, easily, won at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb beating Sammy Black (11-3) by 6l, 22 ran.
Waaheb (USA) 1-4fav (11-12) Soon led and disputed, untidy at 5th, strongly pressed and headed after 2 out, dropped to 3rd and no extra last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Art Of Logistics (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft in Feb.
Wedding Present (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Always prominent, improved to lead entering straight, ridden clear from 2 out, stayed on strongly run-in, easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft beating Seskinane (11-5) by 11l, 25 ran.
Doctor Jim (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders when mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Operating (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Eight Chimes (FR) 11-2 (11-11) Settled in rear, closer approaching straight and went 5th over 2f out, no impression from well over 1f out, 5th of 7, 16l behind The Mighty Milan (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat.