It's no surprise to see Paul Rothwell striking while the iron is red hot with SAOIRSE DUN as he'll be raised by more than the 4lb extra he has to carry for his victory on heavy ground over this trip at Thurles last week. He didn't have things all his own way that day or when he beat today's rival Lascalahall at Thurles previously and the latter is weighted to turn the tables. However, he's since run poorly and it will be a surprise if he can turn the tables. Reality Dose has returned from a spell between the flags to run well at Thurles and Gowran so Liz Doyle's charge has a fair chance of making the frame under Barry Geraghty.
Saoirse Dun (IRE) 4-1fav (10-12) Settled in rear of mid-division, headway on outer to go 6th halfway, progress to join issue 4 out, ridden after 2 out and slight advantage last, kept on best run-in, won at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Nov beating Optime (9-11) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Spiker The Biker (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 27l behind Arabella Boy (11-4) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Nov.
Lascalahall (IRE) 7-2fav (11-8) Rear of mid-division, 10th halfway, 9th approaching 4 out and no extra in moderate 6th early straight, 6th of 17, well behind Whiskey And Red (10-8) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Nov.
Ce Mhead (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Waited with, 8th 4 out, no extra after next, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Twigline (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Clairs Choice (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Always rear, hampered 5th, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Highdownhill (11-12) at Punchestown 3m 1f am hcp ch 0-102 hvy in Oct, 21 ran.
Reality Dose (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Prominent, 3rd halfway, driven along to dispute briefly 3 out, 3rd next and no impression approaching last, no extra and dropped to 4th run-in, 4th of 10, 6l behind Clashnabrook (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Nov.
Mr Bb (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, mistake 8th, never a factor, kept on one pace, 8th of 11, 50l behind Aupcharlie (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Flamingos Gold (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Mid-division, no impression 2 out, moderate 7th when hampered and left 6th after last, 6th of 14, 29l behind Klepht (11-12) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs gd in Oct.