Mouse Morris has handled some good horses over the years and RULE THE WORLD looks another. A winning point-to-pointer, he made an impressive start over timber when sauntering to victory over 2m at Punchestown and as that trip will have been a long way short of his best he looks an exciting prospect. He meets much stronger opposition here though Busty Brown fluffed his lines when strongly fancied at Limerick last month and finished a long way behind runner-up Dara Tango, who should go well. Dushrembrandt won a couple of point-to-points before making a winning debut over timber on the C&D so stamina is not an issue nor will it be for Our Vinnie, who was just touched off by According To Trev when tackling 3m2f at Cheltenham.
Cnoc Na Sioga (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Raced in 4th, headway after halfway to go 2nd 4 out, challenged 2 out and led early straight, pressed briefly at last where rival blundered, kept on run-in, won at Wexford 2m nh nov hdl gd in Oct beating Sizing Italy (11-9) by 2 3/4l, 4 ran.
Dara Tango (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway into 4th before straight, led before 2 out, ridden and headed after 2 out, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 11l behind Zuzka (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Free To Dream (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Held up in 5th, headway into 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, kept on to close last, stayed on to lead run-in and asserted closing stages, won at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl in Oct beating Whats Happening (11-6) by 3l, 6 ran.
Beachdale Lad (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Slight mistake 1st, chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 6th and no extra before straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 29l behind Zuzka (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Busty Brown (IRE) 7-4fav (11-2) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, 2nd halfway, slow 5 out, 4th and mistake 4 out, ridden into 2nd entering straight, challenged before 2 out, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 22l behind Zuzka (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Dushrembrandt (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Waited with towards rear, closer order 5 out, came through strongly to lead before 2 out, soon ridden to assert, just held on, won at Cork 3m nh nov hdl in Oct beating Love Rory (11-4) by nk, 9 ran.
Earlson Gray (FR) 6-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, progress into 4th after 3 out, 2nd after 2 out, no impression from before last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Burn And Turn (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hdl gd in Oct.
Our Vinnie (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 6th, headway approaching 3 out, close up when pecked slightly 2 out, driven and no impression on winner flat, stayed on final 100 yards, just held, 2nd of 8, hd behind According To Trev (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Oct.
Playtime Ben (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th 3 out, ridden into 4th entering straight, 5th 2 out, no extra, 5th of 10, 36l behind Come To The Party (10-9) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23.
Rule The World 6-4fav (11-12) Always prominent, led 3 out, travelling best approaching straight and drew clear before last, stayed on well, impressive, won at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct beating Angelas Money (11-9) by 13l, 14 ran.
Whats Happening (IRE) 7-4fav (11-6) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway to challenge before 2 out, ridden in 2nd after 2 out, disputed last, headed run-in and no extra close home, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Free To Dream (10-13) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl in Oct.
Love Rory (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Chased leaders in 3rd, 4th 4 out, went in pursuit of winner under pressure before last, kept on well run-in, not quite get there, 2nd of 9, nk behind Dushrembrandt (11-4) at Cork 3m nh nov hdl in Oct.