A feature of this is that it's generally won by a lowly weighted type and Willie Mullins has been successful in three of the last four. Paul Carberry was seen at his best on Il Fenomeno here on Tuesday and a 6lb penalty isn't certain to prevent Noel Meade's charge completing a quick double. Foildubh is back over timber for the first time since scoring at Tipperary in October but looked as though a long season had taken its toll when tailed off behind Sprinter Sacre on Tuesday. FAHAMORE was attempting to concede Acapulco 10lb when beaten just over a length at Cork last month which was a tremendous effort as the winner followed up in an even tougher handicap here on Thursday. Eddie Harty's progressive hurdler looks the one to be on here though another six-year-old, Byerley Babe, is also progressing at a rate of knots and must be on the short-list.
Foildubh (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Always in rear, lost touch with leaders in last from halfway, no impression from 4 out, last of 5, well behind Sprinter Sacre (11-12) at Punchestown 2m chs G1 (1) sft.
Native Gallery (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Behind, pushed along 4 out, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, weakened last, 11th of 21, 30l behind Minella Forfitness (10-3) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Si C'etait Vrai (FR) 11-2 (11-3) Led, tended to jump left, strongly pressed entering straight and headed before 2 out where dropped to 4th, soon no impression on first 2, went moderate 3rd run-in, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Dressedtothenines (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl G2 (1).
Il Fenomeno (ITY) 16-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway into close 6th 2 out, 2nd travelling well entering straight, ridden to lead at last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl sft beating Sizing Machine (10-0) by 1/2l, 20 ran.
Un Beau Matin (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, mistake 3rd, 5th halfway, ridden 3 out and no extra in straight, 5th of 6, 26l behind Dressedtothenines (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl G2 (1).
Princeton Plains (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Mid-division in touch on inside, headway after 2 out, ridden to chase leaders after next, kept on same pace, no impression, 7th of 28, 12l behind Ted Veale (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Cairdin (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Made virtually all, disputed briefly before 2 out, ridden to assert before last, kept on strongly, won at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Dec beating Forty Foot Tom (10-2) by 4 1/2l, 17 ran.
Gates Of Rome (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Led and disputed early, headed before 4th, 6th halfway, headway into 4th after 4 out, 2nd entering straight, ridden to press leader 2 out, no extra before last, kept on same pace, just held 2nd run-in, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Gold Bullet (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 gd.
Make Your Mark (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, hampered after next, went 3rd last, stayed on same pace and dropped to 4th flat, 4th of 23, 12l behind Salubrious (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Rathlin 6-5fav (11-10) Led, jumped right down the back straight at 8th and 6 out, joined approaching 4 out, soon headed, struggling in 3rd when hit 2 out, soon no extra, dropped to 4th near line, 4th of 5, 26l behind Sumkindasuprstar (11-8) at Navan 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1).
Starkie 20-1 (11-2) Led, headed 2 out, soon ridden and no extra, weakened entering straight, 5th of 6, well behind Mozoltov (11-2) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Art Professor (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Held up in touch in mid-division, closed 5th, ridden 2 out, no extra flat, 7th of 17, 9l behind Party Rock (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs.
Fahamore 7-2 (11-7) Mid-division early, soon held up towards rear, headway before straight, pushed along in 5th entering straight, kept on into 3rd 2 out, pressed 2nd run-in, 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Acapulco (10-11) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Golanbrook (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Prominent, 5th 3 out, lost place from before straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 13, 42l behind Home Farm (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase sft in Feb.
Allee Garde (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Tracked leader, mistake 3rd, a bit slow 5th, led approaching next, mistake 4 out (normal 5 out), not fluent and headed next, no extra approaching straight, tailed off, 5th of 6, 49l behind Immediate Response (11-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f chs in Mar.
Fully Funded (USA) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on inner, niggled along from 4th, weakened under pressure from 4 out, 5th of 7, 16l behind Shrapnel (11-8) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hdl gd.
Balnaslow (IRE) 11-1 (11-10) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Call Rog (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl sft in Mar, 20 ran.
Vics Canvas (IRE) 4-1fav (11-0) Settled in mid-division, blundered and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Brian Who (9-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140, 17 ran.
Abou Ben (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) In rear, ridden in moderate 15th 2 out, kept on without threatening straight, 9th of 20, 8l behind Il Fenomeno (10-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl sft.
The Paparrazi Kid (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) In rear, progress from 3 out, moderate 7th and ridden 2 out, 5th at last, stayed on well run-in, never nearer, 3rd of 20, 5l behind Call Rog (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl sft in Mar.
Byerley Babe (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, 5th for much, 3rd before 2 out, challenged and on terms before last, soon narrowly in front and stayed on well run-in to narrowly prevail, won at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 in Mar beating De Dodger (10-1) by hd, 14 ran.
Casey Top (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Led narrowly to 3rd, chased leaders until lost place 11th, soon behind, 10th of 22, well behind Carrickboy (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Cnoc Na Sioga (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Soon in rear, ridden after 4 out, soon no impression, last of 9, 38l behind Our Vinnie (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) in Nov.
Summer Star (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) In rear, ridden 3 out, no impression straight, 14th of 22, 22l behind Captain Arceus (10-9) at Fairyhouse 2m ext hcp hdl.
Playtime Ben (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Took keen hold and led, went clear 9th, blundered next and headed, weakened quickly 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mart Lane (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase sft, 14 ran.