Mick Winters did very well last season and Theos Well contributed a bumper victory to his tally. He made a promising start over timber on this track before being found out on heavy going at Limerick and should be in the mix again despite never having faced quick ground. Conditions won't be a problem for MIZYEN, who was just run out of it by Manhattan Swing at Kilbeggan. Dessie Hughes' charge likes this sort of ground and may have too much pace for his jump-bred rivals. Island Villa was having his 13th start over timber when just failing to reel in Tawseef at Sligo, form that gives him an obvious chance of reaching the frame, but useful Flat performer Specific Gravity hasn't been in the best of shape on his last two starts unlike Lean And Keen, who has won twice this year.
Celtic Abbey 17-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 9, 38l behind Travis County (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Island Villa (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, improved to dispute after 4th, dropped to 2nd and ridden after 2 out, kept on well run-in, just failed, 2nd of 10, hd behind Tawseef (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl.
Killabraher Cross (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Led, 2nd after 2nd, 3rd before 5 out, pushed along and dropped to 6th 3 out, reminder and weakened before 2 out, no extra, 6th of 8, 34l behind Discover Wexford (10-6) at Killarney 2m 1f mdn hdl gd.
Max Fire (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division, dropped to 8th and ridden after 3 out, no impression after 2 out, 8th of 10, 29l behind Tawseef (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl.
Shrewd Move (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Chased leaders and 6th halfway, no extra from 3 out, weakened, 13th of 14, well behind Wakanda (10-11) at Sligo 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jul '13.
Specific Gravity (FR) 9-1 (9-3) Towards rear, under pressure from 4f out, moderate 8th over 2f out, soon no extra, eased inside final furlong, last of 9, well behind Queen Of Alba (8-4) at Sligo 1m 2f hcp sft (flat).
Star Question (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Prominent and led 2nd, headed halfway, ridden in 6th after 4 out, 5th and no impression when fell last, in a race won by Posh Frock (10-6) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Jun, 12 ran.
Theos Well 9-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, progress into 2nd 3 out, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, no extra and kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 21l behind Indian File (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Carried (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Raced in moderate 3rd, closer order from over 6f out, 2nd 3f out, 7th 2f out, soon no extra, eased inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 22l behind Mutual Regard (9-7) at Curragh 2m hcp 60-100 gf in Jun (flat).
Lean And Keen (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Pushed along early and soon chased leaders, ridden entering straight, 8th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 4l behind Kanes Pass (8-10) at Roscommon 7f hcp gd (flat).
Mizyen (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Soon raced in 2nd, led 3 out, headed approaching straight, no impression last until renewed effort to lead narrowly run-in, kept on well, headed at finish, 2nd of 10, hd behind Manhattan Swing (11-8) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd.
Brite Spark (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Slowly away, always behind, ridden and weakened after 5 out, completely tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Magical Moon (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl gd.
Queen Of Thecastle (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 8th halfway, soon ridden, no extra and detached after 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Hash Brown (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl.