Noel Meade has an exciting jumping prospect in CURLEY BILL, though the four-year-old has been handed a stiff test on his hurdling bow with a penalty for his Downpatrick bumper success. He's reported to have schooled brilliantly so he's taken to make a winning start. Totally Couture was around 10l behind him in that bumper before making a pleasing debut over hurdles at Navan where Fickle Fortune, who had plenty of strong form in bumpers, was just in front. This pair look sure to go well along with Shershewill and Toye Native in a race that should provide plenty of winners for the future.
Curley Bill (IRE) 2-1 (11-11) Settled in rear of mid-division, 7th halfway, smooth headway on outer entering straight, led inside final furlong and quickened clear, comfortably, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat sft in Nov beating Bally Longford (11-11) by 6l, 9 ran.
Bold Owenie (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 13th of 16, well behind Moscow Mannon (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Gig Gold (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, tailed off, last of 14, dis behind Un Atout (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy.
Killshallago (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 5th, 4th 4 out, 2nd and effort approaching 2 out, no impression before last, one pace, 3rd of 18, 13l behind Touch The Eden (11-12) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Once Bitten (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, ridden and weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Benny's Fagartha (10-9) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov '11, 13 ran.
Over Presented (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, 9th of 11, well behind Minsk (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Raceviews Diamond (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride and always towards rear, 11th of 13, 49l behind Miss Forde (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Nov (flat).
Scobie (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no extra from 4 out, weakened, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ballycasey (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f Amateur Maiden Hurdle (4yo+), 15 ran.
Third Opinion (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway into 6th 3f out, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon 3rd, no extra in 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 15, 6l behind Art Of Logistics (11-0) at Roscommon 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Oct.
Totally Couture (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 6th 4 out, 5th next, ridden and kept on same pace from 2 out, went moderate 3rd from last, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Un Atout (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy.
Fickle Fortune (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Mid-division, mistake 6th, progress into 4th next, soon ridden, 3rd and mistake 2 out, went 2nd at last, kept on without threatening easy winner, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Un Atout (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy.
Shershewill (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Waited with in mid-division, 6th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 4th of 15, 9l behind High Desert (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Toye Native (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Soon mid-division, 7th and progress after 3 out, challenged and on terms last, kept on well run-in, not quite match winner and headed near line, 2nd of 14, nk behind Art Of Logistics (11-9) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gs in Nov.
Whynotgiveup (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden and no impression from 6f out, 5th of 9, 28l behind Shotavodka (12-0) at Tramore 2m N H flat in Oct '11.