ANOTHER CHALLENGE has been raised 10lb for his recent victory over today's rival Tin Town Boy at Navan but he was always travelling like the winner and now he's struck form will be difficult to beat. The runner-up must have a fair chance of reversing the form at the revised weights but Mister First is now 10lb higher than his last success a year ago despite failing to score subsequently. Not For Burning is going well and would probably have won on her latest visit to this track if she'd been racing over this trip as she was only headed on the run-in. Day Dream Boy only has a 4lb penalty for Saturday's Limerick victory and has to be a threat in that kind of form.
Mister First (FR) 12-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, no impression 4 out, ridden into moderate 7th entering straight, 6th and no impression when hampered 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 16, 27l behind Daring Article (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs in Dec.
Cybersnow (USA) 15-2 (11-9) Always behind, no impression from 4 out, last of 7, well behind Bottle Rattler (10-10) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 gf in Aug.
Highdownhill (NZ) 16-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, mistake 1st, slight mistake 6 out and soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Good Egg (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 in Dec, 19 ran.
Not For Burning (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Soon tracked leaders, led before straight, pressed from before 2 out, joined from before last, headed by smooth travelling winner close home, 2nd of 15, 1l behind Miss Xian (11-5) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 80-116 in Dec.
Good Fella (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up, in rear and pushed along briefly 5th, behind before 9th, no danger after, 10th of 15, 43l behind Miss Xian (11-5) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 80-116 in Dec.
Another Challenge (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Always prominent, led from 3rd, joined briefly 6th, ridden and went clear after 3 out, strongly pressed at last, rallied and stayed on strongly run-in, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec beating Tin Town Boy (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 18 ran.
Easy Reach (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden in close 5th 3 out, 2nd next, dropped to 3rd before last, no extra, 5th of 14, 6l behind Go Paddy Go (11-3) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Groody Hill (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Mid-division, 12th halfway, weakened 6 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Lion Na Bearnai (10-5) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f Ext hcp ch gs in Apr '12, 29 ran.
Day Dream Boy (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, 10th approaching 6 out, good headway approaching straight, 2nd and challenged from before 2 out, close 2nd at last, stayed on well run-in to lead close home,, won at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec beating Rightville Boy (11-5) by 1/2l, 18 ran.
Off The Charts (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden into 3rd entering straight, no impression on winner in 2nd before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Sullane Chief (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Dec.
Tin Town Boy (IRE) 9-2fav (11-7) Mid-division, 8th 3 out, headway into 2nd and ridden next, pressed winner at last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 18, 4 1/2l behind Another Challenge (11-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec.
Try It Sometime (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, headway from 4 out, ridden in 11th 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 6th of 24, 13l behind Hold Em Cowboy (11-9) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Dec.