MIKAEL D'HAGUENET continues to frustrate and is unlikely ever to reach the heights expected of him. However, he's generally run well on this track and didn't perform badly in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse last time when subsequent Grade 1 winner Mount Benbulben was behind. He's handed the vote over stablemate Aupcharlie, who was fancied for the Jewson at Cheltenham but never got going after a couple of early mistakes. Dylan Ross had subsequent RSA Chase winer Lord Windermere behind at Navan in November but hasn't progressed as expected while Toner D'Oudairies has some catching up to do if he's to get competitive as he's held by a couple of these on his early chase form.
Aupcharlie (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Held up towards rear on outside, mistake 10th, behind from 4 out, 11th of 13, 38l behind Benefficient (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gs in Mar.
Dylan Ross (IRE) 2-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, jumped well, challenged and on terms 2 out, not entirely fluent last, soon headed and kept on without matching winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Rupert Lamb (11-1) at Navan 2m 1f nov chs.
Grey Gold (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd from 7th, ridden before 2 out, led last 100 yards, kept on, won at Carlisle 2m nov chs (3) hvy in Mar beating Upsilon Bleu (11-5) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 3-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, ridden in 4th after 3 out, went 2nd after 2 out, no extra and dropped to 3rd from last, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Realt Mor (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) sft in Mar.
Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 5-4fav (11-12) Always prominent, improved to lead 2 out, soon ridden clear, stayed on well from last, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m 1f beg chs sft beating Dul Ar An Ol (11-9) by 5l, 12 ran.
Its The Ice I Like (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, moderate 8th 4 out, no impression from next, 9th of 14, well behind Mart Lane (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase sft.
Louisville Lip (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 5 out, ridden in 4th 3 out, no extra, 6th of 10, 23l behind Hidden Future (11-12) at Naas 2m beg chase sft in Mar.