BAHATI BOY won a maiden hurdle over 2m5f on fast ground in August then made a very promising handicap debut on soft going over this course and distance a fortnight ago. He's up another 3lb but should improve again and gets the nod. Playing reverts to hurdling after a very unfortunate fall over fences at Tipperary where he was a distance clear when coming to grief at the second last. He's 5lb lower over hurdles so must be on the shortlist along with Not For Changing, who ran well at Down Royal at the beginning of the month and is another who looks well handicapped. Not For Burning looks a threat as she went up 5lb for beating Dick Dundee at Listowel in June and stays on the same mark despite returning to action last month with a fair effort behind Evesham Star at Wexford.
Colls Corner (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Close up and disputed lead, slight mistake 5th, ridden along and lost place from 3 out, moderate 7th and no extra approaching straight, 9th of 10, 31l behind Rubert (11-3) at Clonmel 2m 3f hcp chs.
Bahati Boy (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Prominent, led before sttraight, pressed and not fluent 2 out, joined from before last, headed and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind College Boy (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Dancers Dilemma (IRE) 15-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, slight mistake 3rd, not fluent 5 out, 7th before straight, no impression when badly hampered 2 out, 6th of 12, 19l behind College Boy (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Pencilhimin (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Mid-division on outer, weakened from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Call Rog (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl sft in Mar, 20 ran.
Ring Ben (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd 6 out, 3rd after 4 out, pushed along and no impression before 3 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 30l behind Azorian (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
The Hard Hat (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, weakened after 3 out, 23rd of 30, well behind Prince Rudi (10-6) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Playing (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Led, clear 4 out, extended advantage next, slowed approaching 2 out and fell, in a race won by Popaflora (9-3) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in May, 7 ran.
Sean Airgead (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) Towards rear, pushed along before 6 out, soon no extra, completely tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Wildcatted (10-4) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Oct.
Vivaldi (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 9th halfway, pushed along and weakened quickly approaching 3 out, last of 18, 37l behind Spacious Sky (10-2) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-116.
Not For Changing (IRE) 10-3fav (11-9) Rear of mid-division, pushed along to go 6th 2 out, soon no chance with easy winner and went moderate 3rd last, kept on one pace, 4th of 20, 11l behind The King Of Brega (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102.
Not For Burning (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, close 3rd next, dropped to 4th at last, no extra run-in, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Evesham Star (10-13) at Wexford 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.
Milanphardantetime (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, some headway approaching straight but soon ridden and no extra from 3 out, 13th of 18, 23l behind Spacious Sky (10-2) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-116.
Volt Sun (FR) 14-1 (11-3) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, improved to lead 3 out, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra in 4th last, kept on same pace, 4th of 19, 7l behind Mrs Mac Veale (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.
Urban Gale (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, 10th approaching 5 out, no extra in 6th from before straight, 5th of 16, 40l behind Father Jack (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft.
Waterloo Chateau (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden 3 out, no extra before next, 14th of 19, 39l behind Mrs Mac Veale (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.
Getoutwhenyoucan (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Soon mid-division, improved to be prominent and going well after 4 out, jumped right 3 out, challenged and on terms briefly 2 out, no impression when a bit slow at last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 16, 6l behind Father Jack (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft.
Farmaland (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders and 7th halfway, pushed along and 5th 2 out, soon no chance with easy winner and moderate 7th when not fluent last, kept on one pace, 6th of 20, 22l behind The King Of Brega (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102.
Merry In Moscow (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, 4th and slight mistake 5 out, soon pushed along, ridden in 5th after 4 out, no impression in moderate 6th entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, well behind Azorian (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Porterman (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Towards rear for most, ridden and no impression 3 out, 13th of 19, 38l behind Mrs Mac Veale (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.