Snooze jumped and stayed well when gaining a surprise victory at Cork but meets much stronger rivals here. Berties Dream has been racing in strong company since scoring very easily over the C&D in January but was undoubtedly disappointing in the Cork Grand National last time. Allee Garde looked a potential star when making a winning debut over fences at Clonmel last December but has gone to pieces after falling when fancied at the Cheltenham Festival. He'll be better for a recent confidence booster but 2011 Grand National runner-up Oscar Time hasn't run since having a spin over hurdles here a year ago and will probably need the run. FORPADYDEPLASTERER has only raced over this trip once - pulling up behind Long Run in the King George - and he hasn't exactly been in the best of form. However, he has consistently raced against the very top class and gets the nod as this is a rare venture outside of Grade company.
Florida Express (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders when mistake and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Dancing Tornado (11-10) at Limerick 3m Handicap Chase (9yo+) hvy, 8 ran.
Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Behind, blundered 9th and 11th, tailed off and pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Al Ferof (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) sft, 18 ran.
Oscar Time (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, keen hold, dropped to 4th and no extra from before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 19l behind Zaidpour (11-10) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl hvy in Nov '11.
Allee Garde (FR) 20-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Quietly Fancied (10-7) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl sft.
Berties Dream (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Closed up and led and disputed, 3rd approaching 4 out, no extra and pulled up before next, in a race won by Raz De Maree (11-3) at Cork 3m 4f hcp chs 0-150, 17 ran.
Snooze (FR) 25-1 (11-9) Soon led, headed from 7th, on terms again from next, back in front into straight, left further in front from 3 out, went on from before last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Cork 2m 5f beg chs sft beating Mini Vic (11-0) by 18l, 13 ran.