Pass The Hat won at Leopardstown last month but is 8lb higher here. Competitive Edge was hampered and fell in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham but had only found one too good in his three previous starts and will be bidding for compensation here while Beneficial Spirit has the past form to figure. Gift Of Dgab has been in action over hurdles lately but is another who could figure while Grandioso has been quite highly tried over the last few months, though probably needs some help from the handicapper. HECTOR'S CHOICE took advantage of a tumbling mark to score at Wincanton at the start of the month. He was always going well and, only three pounds higher, could be primed for a follow-up. Aupcharlie was just beaten in a Grade 1 in 2012 and got back to winning ways at Clonmel but this is a lot more competitive.
Aupcharlie (IRE) 11-10fav (11-8) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead 5 out, disputed from next, ridden before 2 out, kept on well to assert from before last, won at Clonmel 2m 4f chs hvy beating Miley Shah (11-8) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Colbert Station (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) In touch went 2nd at 11th, left in lead after 16th (water), headed 18th, lost place 22nd (2nd bechers), tailed off when pulled up before 25th (2nd valentines), in a race won by Pineau De Re (10-6) at Aintree 4m 3f (1) gs, 40 ran.
Grandioso (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up in mid-division on inside, steady headway 13th, weakening when hampered on bend before 3 out, 10th of 13, 34l behind Bally Legend (10-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Feb.
Lambro (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, a bit slow 8th and dropped towards rear, not a factor after, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by White Star Line (10-4) at Listowel 3m sft in Sep, 18 ran.
Competitive Edge (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Towards rear, hampered 5th, no headway when fell 4 out, in a race won by Savello (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar, 23 ran.
Gift Of Dgab (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd 2 out, disputed lead briefly before last, headed at last, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Art Of Payroll (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Mar.
Wise Old Owl (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Slowly into stride and held up towards rear, slight mistake 6th, some progress from 3 out, 8th and ridden next, no impression and eased final furlong, 9th of 20, 34l behind Bob Lingo (10-3) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs gd in Aug '12.
Shot From The Hip (GER) 33-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, no impression and kept on same pace straight, 11th of 28, 29l behind Rockyaboya (10-3) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec.
Hector's Choice (FR) 6-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, led 8th, ridden before last, kept on gamely, won at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs beating Al Alfa (11-6) by 2l, 10 ran.
Supreme Doc (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) In rear, progress on outer 5 out, no impression in rear from before 2 out, kept on one pace, last of 6, 20l behind Toner D'Oudairies (11-8) at Cork 3m chs Grade 3 (1).
Orpheus Valley (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, mistake 7 out, ridden and no extra 2 out, weakened, 11th of 18, 34l behind Folsom Blue (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade C) (5yo+) hvy in Feb.
King Vuvuzela (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Behind, mistake 5th, struggling 4 out, never dangerous, 10th of 19, 26l behind Present View (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) gs in Mar.
Pass The Hat 6-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, close 3rd 3 out, disputed lead next, ridden to lead entering straight, joined at last, rallied to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Leopardstown 2m 5f Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar beating Kylecrue (9-5) by 1l, 12 ran.
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 7-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, progress on outer after 4 out, ridden in 8th next, 6th 2 out, no impression, 5th of 15, 18l behind Maguire's Glen (10-6) at Wexford 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Mitebeall Forluck 8-1 (10-3) Took keen hold, soon mid-division, 8th 4 out, no extra from before straight, tailed off,, 10th of 13, well behind Some Tikket (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f nov hcp chs sft.