Berties Dream won this last year on quick ground with Dancing Tornado six lengths back in fourth. He went to Cheltenham for the Pertemps Final and ran a fine race to be beaten less than seven lengths so with conditions likely to be in his favour he will make a bold bid take this again. Stonemason ran well in the Pertemps, only fading on the run-in, so he has to be considered a threat but Catch Me never really threatened so the vote goes to SHOP DJ. Her last two runs over hurdles have been behind Quevega at Cheltenham and she's run some fine races over fences against stiff opposition and her allowance will be a help.
Berties Dream (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led 7th, ridden and hard pressed after 2 out, headed before last, no extra flat, 5th of 24, 7l behind Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.
Catch Me (GER) 40-1 (11-9) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 3 out, weakened next, 13th of 24, 25l behind Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.
Dancing Tornado (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Mid-division on inner, 9th halfway, ridden entering straight and 6th 2 out, no impression in moderate 5th when mistake last, no extra, 6th of 17, 31l behind Brian Who (9-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140.
Stonemaster (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division in touch, headway on inside 3 out, driven to chase leaders after next, kept on same pace, no impression, 8th of 24, 10l behind Holywell (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.
Shop Dj (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced and ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression before last, 8th of 19, 11l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) sft in Mar.