Whisky Galore was in reasonable form over hurdles in the summer but ran poorly over fences last time and has now gone 32 career starts without winning. Stablemate Streedagh Lady had a very long break after scoring at Southwell last year and hasn't shown much in two recent starts though he should be approaching peak fitness. CLANCY STRAND showed nothing in four early efforts over fences but has improved over hurdles and can now race from a very lowly mark so looks the one to be on. Rookery Rebel has generally performed at a slightly higher level but one success in 38 starts is hardly an advertisement for his chances.
Rookery Rebel (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 14l behind Pires (11-7) at Down Royal 2m hcp chs gd.
Curragh Golan (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Always in rear, mistake 4th,, 10th of 15, well behind Bruff (10-6) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f cnd hcp chs (0-109) sft in Sep.
Baizically (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, 49l behind Kyle's Turn (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gs.
Streedagh Lady (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) In rear and not fluent, headway 2 out, went 3rd before last, one pace and always held, 3rd of 9, 28l behind Tregaro (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Sep.
Whisky Galore 25-1 (11-5) Chased leaders early, lost place 4th, towards rear from halfway, 9th of 11, well behind Benefficient (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gd.
Urban Gale (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Towards rear, some headway 4 out, no threat after next, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 33l behind Alf Wright (10-6) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct.
Clancy Strand (NZ) 13-2 (11-5) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, 50l behind Golden Kite (11-5) at Galway 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Sep.
Torremuelle (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, no extra from 5 out and behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Highdownhill (11-12) at Punchestown 3m 1f am hcp ch 0-102 hvy in Oct, 21 ran.
Breffni Gael (IRE) 11-4 (12-0) Chsd ldrs racing wide, in tch in 5th 5out, lst pl before 3out, wknd & pu straight, in a race won by Ballymac's Present (12-0) at Tinahely 3m ire ptp gs in Oct, 11 ran.