13:35 Punchestown Sat 14 January 2017
Well held at Leopardstown over Christmas, his latest disappointing effort and doesn't make great appeal off current mark.
Lightly raced and did win well on chase bow at Limerick, that more than a year ago now however and showed little sparkle off a layoff in two runs last month.
Took form up a notch with Limerick success last month when winning with plenty in hand, up in the ratings but has his chance again.
Lightly raced sort, returned from year off at Limerick last month when pulled up and mark seems high enough on what he's shown.
Shouldn't be inconvenienced on likely going, stays the trip and would be a player if returning to form, pulled up recently over hurdles.
Getting on in years but retains respect, recent run was perfectly acceptable but yet to truly prove he wants this stern test of stamina.
Last won at Navan in November 2015 and in eight starts since he's become something of an un-genuine customer.
Four starts for this trainer have yielded few positives and still looks high enough in the ratings to make him opposable here.
An infrequent winner but performed well enough in recent Leopardstown run to suggest he has a chance off same mark now if staying the trip.
Slipped below last winning chase mark now and ran well enough over hurdles last time out.
Right in the firing line in previous two starts in similar company, notches up another 2lbs for Fairyhouse second but likely to get involved again.
Bolted up in a beginners chase at Fairyhouse in April but badly out of sorts over hurdles/fences in handicap company since.
Last Year's Winner
Garrai Phaidin (5/2), Georges Conn (6/1), Captain Von Trappe (8/1), It Came To Pass (8/1), Undressed (8/1), Some Drama (9/1), He Rock's (10/1), Riverside City (10/1), Bothair Clei (14/1), My Hometown (14/1), Presenting Beara (14/1), Canaly (16/1), Festive Day (33/1)
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