Feisty Champion, a winner for John Hills at Wolverhampton, ran easily his best race to date for new connections at Navan and can race off a 6lb lower mark here so must be a threat. CARVELAS is still a maiden and had had plenty of chances but his overall form, especially when a good fourth behind the prolific Ancient Sands at the Curragh, should prove good enough for this. Anoosou would be better off with a few flights of hurdles in front of him but Whatever It Takes has a course and distance victory to his credit though he's been well beaten over timber recently. Prospectorous has won twice around here, including off a higher mark in May, and Luke Dempsey's claim may prove invaluable.
Prospectorous (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 5th approaching straight, challenged from 2f out, 4th over 1f out, soon no impression, kept on one pace under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Vote Of Confidence (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Oct.
Baracas (FR) 8-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden entering straight, no impression, 7th of 8, 7l behind Roe Deer (9-11) at Killarney 1m 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Bravely Fought (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along before straight, soon no impression and dropped behind from over 1f out, 13th of 14, 26l behind At Boolavogue (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f pol in Oct.
Toretto (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Soon mid-division, moderate 8th and no impression from before straight, 10th of 14, 12l behind Wyoyo (9-3) at Roscommon 1m 4f app hcp 50-70 gd in Sep.
Whatever It Takes (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and no extra over 2f out, 9th of 11, 17l behind Benbecula (10-0) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp sft in Jun.
Carvelas (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division and 12th halfway, ridden entering straight and 8th 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 22, 3 1/2l behind Ancient Sands (10-3) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in Oct.
Anoosou (FR) 16-1 (10-6) Prominent in chasing group, closer order halfway, pushed along before straight, challenged and every chance from 2f out, no extra and kept on same pace from 1f out, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Goal (10-3) at Limerick 1m 3f hcp 50-80 gd in Oct.
Buccaneer Bob (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Mid-division and headway on outer into 4th halfway, lost place entering straight and no extra from 2f out, eased when beaten final furlong, last of 16, 19l behind Horsewithnoname (8-7) at Cork 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Traveller's Tales 16-1 (8-11) Towards rear and pushed along early, never a factor, no threat in straight, 17th of 22, 11l behind Ancient Sands (10-3) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in Oct.
Feisty Champion (IRE) 14-1 (7-8) Prominent in chasing group, poor 3rd for much, no impression in 4th and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 4th of 16, 7l behind Quick Jack (9-0) at Navan 1m 5f hcp sft in Oct.
Byron Blue (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Soon mid-division, closed to chase leaders from 5f out, 6th before straight, dropped to 8th and no impression from 1f out, 8th of 13, 8l behind Goal (10-3) at Limerick 1m 3f hcp 50-80 gd in Oct.
Teajaybe (USA) 16-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 16, 12l behind Beach Of Falesa (11-11) at Curragh 1m 4f ldy hcp gf in Jun.