Claire Pet was a 66/1 chance when running reasonably well behind The Winkler at Gowran which was a good effort in the context of this poor race. Railway Benefit made a fair debut over timber at Naas but looked very one-paced at Fairyhouse at the beginning of the month. Are You Listening followed a placed effort between the flags by running well for a long way at Naas in November but point-to-point winner Corporate Box jumped poorly when tailed off on her hurdling bow at Limerick. Mick Hourigan does well with ex-point-to-pointers and MOORES ROAD would only need to be half decent to make a winning start under Rules after landing a maiden at Dromahane in December so gets the vote. The betting should be monitored for clues about the remainder.
Battling Spirit (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, some progress approaching straight, ridden in 6th before 2 out, soon no extra, 7th of 18, 27l behind Don Poli (11-1) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Jan.
Claire Pet (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, progress into close 3rd 3 out, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra before last, 5th of 20, 19l behind The Winkler (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Cromwells Road (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, no danger from 3 out, 19th of 25, well behind O Maonlai (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Mardar (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, closer when saddle slipped after 3 out, no extra from early straight and left moderate 5th after last, 5th of 18, 21l behind Synchronicity (11-2) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Railway Benefit (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, under pressure in 4th before straight, no extra when stumbled on landing 2 out, 11th of 25, 44l behind O Maonlai (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Are You Listening (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Mid-division, ridden and no extra entering straight, 12th of 15, 22l behind Clonard Lad (11-12) at Naas 2m 4f mdn hdl in Nov.
Moores Road (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Mostly chsd ldrs in 3rd, disp brfly 6out & mstk 5out, chall bef 4out, ld 2out, 2l adv bef last, so, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp in Dec beating Bold Bachelor (11-9) by 3l, 13 ran.
Corporate Box (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Prominent, not jump fluently, 5th 4 out, lost place from next, soon no extra and weakened, completely tailed off,, 12th of 18, well behind Romantic Fashion (11-7) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Crazy Diva (IRE) 100-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, 6th at 4th, no danger from after 5 out, 8th of 13, 36l behind Kick On Boss (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in Jan.