PONMEWORD has been in fine form recently, scoring over fences at Limerick on St Stephen's Day and over timber there last month. He may have been on a four-timer here but for slipping up at Tramore and though climbing the weights looks to have been found another good opportunity. Letterlee Star ran his best race for a long time when narrowly beaten by today's rival Popaflora at Punchestown and, as he was in very good form at this time last year, he looks a threat with his low weight and can reverse form with the winner, who has since disappointed at Navan though that was over the minimum trip. Son Of Moyne won over 3m here in October and has found shorter trips too sharp subsequently so he's another to consider in an open contest.
Coolking 20-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, headway to dispute 7th, headed before 4 out and dropped to 3rd next, soon no chance with easy winner and no impression in 3rd when fell last, in a race won by Lookoutnow (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Down Under (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Chased leaders mainly 6th, no impression approaching straight, no threat from 2 out, 6th of 8, 22l behind Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Ponmeword (IRE) 3-1fav (11-4) Waited with, progress 5 out, tracked leaders from before 3 out, in front before next where not fluent, soon clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Jan beating Western Man (11-5) by 5l, 14 ran.
Lascalahall (IRE) 13-2 (9-13) Mid-division when fell 6th, in a race won by Lookoutnow (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Lord Alfie (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Towards rear for most, never a factor (poor visibility), 5th of 10, well behind Alderwood (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Jan.
Lord Rudi (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always in rear, detached from 5 out, 5th of 6, well behind Western Leader (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase hvy in Jan.
Son Of Moyne (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Led, mistake 8th, headed, prominent, mistake 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 36l behind Count Salazar (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Dec.
Amber Knight (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, fell 5 out, in a race won by Panther Claw (11-11) at Punchestown 3m 1f Amateur Handicap Chase (0-123) (5yo+) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Royalor (FR) 14-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, no threat after 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 13l behind Popaflora (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy in Jan.
Popaflora 4-1fav (10-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden early straight and dropped to 3rd at last, no extra run-in, 6th of 11, 31l behind Reality Dose (10-4) at Naas 2m hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Jan.
Clairs Choice (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Prominent, jumped left 2nd, weakened and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Saoirse Dun (11-9) at Wexford 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102 in Dec, 7 ran.
Flying Windsor (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, mistake 8th and dropped to rear, ridden and no extra after 4 out, completely tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Whiskey And Red (11-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Dec.
Robertstown Rover (IRE) 7-2 (10-10) Led and disputed, mistake 4 out, headed after 3 out, soon no extra, 8th of 12, 37l behind Preswell Lad (10-12) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Jan.
Letterlee Star (IRE) 15-2 (10-4) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st, 5th halfway, ridden after 3 out and no impression in moderate 5th approaching last, kept on well under pressure run-in, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Popaflora (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy in Jan.
Mr Bb (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Waited with, fell 8th, in a race won by Preswell Lad (10-12) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Breffni Gael (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders in 5th, 4th 3 out, 5th when mistake next, no extra and weakened, 6th of 9, 50l behind Urban Gale (11-3) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp chs 0-102 sft in Nov.