Flat form isn't always translated to hurdling but it's worth taking note when a decent performer on the level has been with a top NH yard for a while, as is the case with FATCATINTHEHAT. A jumping career will have been on the cards for Willie Mullins' Authorized gelding from day one and he should be too good for those with experience which include Gowran second Crouching Harry, Hazariban and Dayrina. Volt Sun has his first start since arriving from France so Mudaffar may prove the pick of the remainder.
Crouching Harry (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders mainly 3rd, pushed along early straight and went 2nd before last, kept on one pace but no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 6, 12l behind Diakali (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Fatcatinthehat 5-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, ridden in moderate 8th 2f out, no impression, 5th of 13, 10l behind Offer (10-0) at Naas 1m 4f hcp hvy in Oct (flat).
Hazariban (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Waited with, improved to dispute lead from 4 out, in front before straight, soon pressed, headed approaching last and soon no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 6, 17l behind Blood Cotil (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Hello Humpfrey (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division best, ridden and no extra over 2f out, last of 14, 18l behind Spirituality (8-9) at Dundalk 7f mdn stks pol in Oct (flat).
Mudaffar (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Prominent, 2nd and ridden to challenge early straight, weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind Van Rooney (9-9) at Killarney 1m hcap in Sep (flat).
Son Of York (IRE) King's Best gelding out of Canouan.
Volt Sun (FR) (10-1) 2nd of 9, shd behind Varom (10-1) at Pornichet(FR) 1m 4f 3yo NH flat (AWT) std in Jul.
Dayrina (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Led, reluctant and swished tail approaching 2nd where slow jump, headed briefly next, headed again 4 out, soon no impression, weakened before straight, last of 5, 25l behind Our Conor (10-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo hdl Grd 3 (1) sft.
Hurricane Jojo (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along to challenge 3f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Sheilas Wish (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gs in Sep (flat).