There are a couple of well-connected newcomers worth noting in the betting. Festive Felon is out of a winning miler in France but it's SHEMSHAL who really catches the eye. He's by Dalakhani out of a French Listed winner and is a full brother to a Group 3 winner in France. He can make a winning debut though there are plenty of dangers with the likes of Emperor Of Exmoor, a very good second to Tangled Web at Leopardstown, and Redundant Man, who has proved he handles heavy ground on his last two starts, both likely to be in the hunt. Afatcat made a promising start at Bellewstown in August but this looks much tougher.
Belmont Exit (IRE) Exit To Nowhere gelding out of Ask The Accountant.
Emperor Of Exmoor (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Chased leaders mainly 6th, headway into 3rd entering straight, soon ridden and no impression on winner 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Tangled Web (11-11) at Leopardstown 2m NH flat sft in Dec.
Festive Felon (IRE) Gold Well gelding out of Takara.
King Blue (IRE) King Charlemagne gelding out of Palace Blue.
Red Admirable (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Mid-division on inner, 6th halfway, ridden in 4th over 2f out, moderate 3rd 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Ceasar Milan (11-4) at Down Royal 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
The Pounds (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Chased leader in 2nd, led briefly 2f out, ridden in 3rd 1 1/2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Hawaii Five Nil (11-4) at Clonmel 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
Walking Man (IRE) Marignan gelding out of Monanore Music.
Afatcat 11-2 (11-2) Attempted to make all, travelling well over 3f out, attempted to assert approaching 2f out until pressed and joined 1 1/2f out, headed over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Aranhill Chief (11-7) at Bellewstown 2m 1f N H flat in Aug.
Nearly Nama'd (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, led before halfway, strongly pressed early straight and headed 1f out, no chance with easy winner and kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 9l behind Byerley Babe (11-2) at Thurles 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Railway Tommy (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Led, joined early, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed over 1f out, soon no extra, 4th of 12, 14l behind Eight Chimes (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat hvy.
Redundant Man 11-4 (11-2) Held up in touch, 3rd and headway over 5f out, close 2nd and ridden to challenged entering straight, no extra from over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Sizing Tennessee (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Dec.
Shemshal (FR) Dalakhani gelding out of Shemala.
Miss Makev (IRE) Definite Article mare out of Madame Poulet.