EDEYMI's second to Une Artiste in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham is comfortably the form pick and, as there's probably more to come, he should be up to taking this. Arnaud ran a fine race in fifth that day and wasn't far behind but he's 3lb worse off and may struggle to reverse the form. Sportsmaster and Gorgeous Sixty, who both finished a long way behind, have a lot of ground to make up. Leroy Parker, beaten by stablemate Blue Cannon on his hurdling bow, looked a nice prospect when beating His Excellency here in November and with further progress likely should go well.
One Cool Shabra (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Led, mistakes 3rd and 5th, headed approaching 4th, blundered 4 out, lost place before 2 out, soon weakened, 17th of 24, 31l behind Une Artiste (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Arnaud (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd before last until flat, no extra, 5th of 24, 5l behind Une Artiste (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Ballynacree (IRE) 5-2fav (10-13) Settled in rear, went 5th before 3 out, 3rd 2 out and tried to challenge last where pecked slightly on landing, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Lord Windermere (11-12) at Naas 2m nh nov hdl in Mar.
Blue Cannon (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 18th of 24, 41l behind Une Artiste (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Cops And Robbers 5-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and hung left over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 11l behind Motivado (9-6) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep (flat).
Edeymi (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway from 3 out, stayed on approaching last, went 2nd towards finish, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 24, 1 3/4l behind Une Artiste (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Leroy Parker (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd entering straight, ridden to challenge approaching 2 out, close 2nd last, stayed on to lead run-in, kept on well under pressure, won at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov beating His Excellency (11-0) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Shamkhal (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Chased leader in 2nd, clear of field, mistake 2nd, led entering straight, mistake 3 out, slight mistake and ridden 2 out, soon headed, no extra in 4th last, kept on one pace, 4th of 19, 10l behind Dysios (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Mar.
Sonapour (FR) 40-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd approaching 2 out, weakened entering straight, 22nd of 25, 48l behind Darroun (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
Sportsmaster (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, weakened after 4 out, mistake 3 out, 20th of 24, 50l behind Une Artiste (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Thegondolier (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Chased leaders on inner, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 11l behind Sam Bass (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Time To Work (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, headway into close 4th 4 out, challenged before 2 out and ridden to lead narrowly last, kept on best run-in, won at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar beating Hawk Flight (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 20 ran.
Gorgeous Sixty (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, jumped big 3 out, soon shaken up, no headway and eased, 19th of 24, 47l behind Une Artiste (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Maggie Neary (IRE) 15-8fav (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway in 4th 3 out, travelled well in 3rd entering straight, mistake 2 out, soon ridden and no impression, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Tango Banbou (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m nov hdl (4-6yo) in Mar.