War Correspondent has been reasonably consistent over hurdles and the half-brother to War Of Attrition should make a chaser, though the experience of MACKEYS FORGE may just prove too much for him here. Dessie Hughes' charge has some strong form in better company and though a bit disappointing at times this looks about his level and he can finally get off the mark over the bigger obstacles. Western Man ran poorly over hurdles last time but an earlier fine effort over this course and distance was followed by a hurdles success at Fairyhouse so he is definitely one to keep an eye on. Hit The Headlines, a maiden hurdle and bumper winner, is bred for chasing and is expected to do well in this sphere
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, soon lost place, no danger and kept on from after 5 out, 7th of 16, well behind Novarov (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f beg chase hvy in Mar.
Big Dec (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, completely tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Ancient Days (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Forty Foot Tom 9-2 (11-12) Settled in rear, headway into 5th 3 out and 3rd next, soon went 2nd and ridden approaching last, kept on same pace run-in but no impression on winner closing stages, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Seriatim (11-12) at Down Royal 3m beg chase sft in Mar.
Hard Bought (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, moderate 11th approaching 4 out, soon no impression, 11th of 15, 38l behind Raise Hell (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Feb.
Hit The Headlines (IRE) 15-2 (10-11) Mid-division on outer, 8th 3 out, soon ridden, no impression straight, 13th of 19, 24l behind Dressedtothenines (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Mar.
Leading The Life (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Soon chased leaders, 5th approaching 4 out, soon no extra, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 24l behind Dont Back Down (11-9) at Cork 2m 4f Amateur Beginners Chase (5yo+).
Mackeys Forge (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Waited with, went moderate 6th 2 out, soon no impression, kept on, 5th of 11, 12l behind Away We Go (10-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Playtime Ben (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th 3 out, ridden into 4th entering straight, 5th 2 out, no extra, 5th of 10, 36l behind Come To The Party (10-9) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Nov.
Port Ferreol (FR) 25-1 (11-12) Waited with, no extra and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Kilcrea (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
War Correspondent (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Soon close up and disputed lead, went on after 5th, reduced lead 3 out, headed and no extra next, 5th of 20, 25l behind Lughnasa (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Western Man (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, 4th 5 out, ridden and no impression before straight, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 13, 38l behind Peace In The West (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Mar.
Stop That Tornado (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Mid div, rdn in tch 3out, no ex aftr 2out, ko, 5th of 16, 7l behind Noosa (12-0) at Borris House 3m ire ptp gf in Apr '11.