This is a moderate affair and top weight Rory's Brother must have every chance of defying top weight. But he unseated his rider at Fairyhouse earlier this month in a race in which CROSS TO BOSTON kept on in the closing stages to finish fifth. Paul Townend takes over the reins on the latter from a 7lb claimer here and further improvement is expected so he gets the nod ahead of Ayr second See Double You and Hill Rock, whose run behind Byerley Babe at Limerick in December looks better now than at did at the time. Steady Ed, Code Dancer and Torremuelle may prove the pick of the remainder.
Rory's Brother (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Chased leaders until mistake and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Witness Of Fashion (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy, 18 ran.
Tukawhile (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) In rear, slight mistake 1st, pushed along in 9th after 5 out, not fluent next and 3 out, hampered 2 out, went moderate 5th approaching last, kept on one pace under pressure, 4th of 12, 17l behind Milestone Miss (11-0) at Thurles 2m 6f mrs beg chs sft in Jan.
Bale O'Shea (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, a bit slow 2nd, lost place 5 out, dropped behind from before 3 out, pulled up straight, in a race won by Blazing Sonnet (10-13) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in May, 16 ran.
Drive On Jim (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Soon towards rear, dropped to last at 7th, soon no danger, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Wrong Turn (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-123 hvy in Jan.
Hill Rock (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, closer in 5th 5 out, 2nd after 3 out, 3rd and no impression from 2 out, left 2nd again and kept on same pace from last,, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Byerley Babe (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy in Dec.
See Double You (IRE) 11-2 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 4 out, headed run-in, no extra, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind And The Man (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Steady Ed (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) Always towards rear, never a factor, no extra from 5 out,, 12th of 13, well behind Foritsa (9-12) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Dec.
Cnoc Na Gcon (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 10th of 18, 36l behind Don Poli (11-1) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Jan.
Cross To Boston (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Disputed lead early, still chasing leaders straight, moderate 7th 2 out where slight mistake, soon no impression, kept on, 5th of 18, 30l behind Witness Of Fashion (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy.
Knock Beauty (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, mistake 5 out, soon no extra and pulled up before 2 out,, in a race won by Carrow Queen (9-10) at Limerick 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
The Shoe Doctor (IRE) 9-1 (10-5) Mid-division early, soon towards rear, trailing 6 out, ridden and weakened next, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Living Next Door (11-11) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-109 sft in May.
Offside Rule (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Towards rear, 13th before halfway, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 8th of 18, 40l behind Witness Of Fashion (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy.
Code Dancer (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Prominent early, 7th halfway and 10th at 10th, ridden in moderate 12th after 5 out, remote 8th early straight and kept on one pace, 5th of 18, 20l behind Carrigeen Kariega (10-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Jan.
Nanos Witness (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Soon mid-division, lost place and ridden along from 4 out, moderate 6th approaching straight, 5th 3 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 18l behind Avondhu Lady (11-11) at Cork 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan.
Monks Return (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Prominent and led before 2nd, headed 12th, soon ridden and no extra 4 out, remote 10th when mistake 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 18, well behind Carrigeen Kariega (10-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Jan.
The Bog Road Girl (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Led, mistake and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Refused A Name (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) in Jan, 10 ran.
Torremuelle (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, mistake 11th, 3rd approaching 4 out and soon no impression on winner, kept on one pace, 4th of 18, 14l behind Carrigeen Kariega (10-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Jan.
Robertstown Rover (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, 7th and ridden after 5 out, soon no extra and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Carrigeen Kariega (10-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Jan, 18 ran.
Bend The Rules (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Towards rear early, mistake 1st, mid-division halfway, slight mistake 5 out, soon no extra, moderate 9th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Leavethelighton (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chase hvy, 15 ran.
Schindlers Rock (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Soon mid-division, closer order to track leaders 4 out, bad mistake next, 3rd approaching 2 out where 2nd, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 12l behind Thats The Dream (11-8) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Jan.
Its The Ice I Like (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Always towards rear, no impression from 5 out, weakened, went badly left at last, 11th of 19, well behind Too Late To Sell (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 1f in Jan.