A fascinating opener with Dermot Weld and Jim Bolger both having runners alongside NH heavyweights Gordon Elliott, Willie Mullins and Noel Meade. Bolger's filly Teofolina won over 1m4f at Tipperary in July but Mullins' newcomer DOUGAL PHILPS may be the one to beat. Successful over 1m1f on soft ground at Ballinrobe in a short career on the level, he also stayed 1m4f and will have had plenty of schooling over timber. Bayan is another debutant to consider but Fairyhouse third South South West may be facing a stiff task under his penalty. Vedani should have learned plenty from his run here last month.
South South West (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Settled in last, went 4th and ridden entering straight, went moderate 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Our Conor (10-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo hdl Grd 3 (1) sft.
Bayan (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Held up in touch, ridden 3f out, no impression from 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Biographer (9-1) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Aug (flat).
Dougal Philps 4-1 (8-9) Keen hold, soon led, joined over 1f out, soon headed and no extra, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 6l behind Ondeafears (8-7) at Listowel 7f hcp hvy in Sep (flat).
Glendaars Best (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Soon towards the back, 6th before 3 out, soon no impression under pressure, fell last, in a race won by Brog Deas (10-12) at Cork 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Nov, 7 ran.
Hartside (GER) 4-6fav (9-0) Soon 2nd, 3rd and driven along from 5f out, challenged from 3f out, led entering straight, narrowly headed under 1f out, regained lead closing stages, won at Ballinrobe 1m 6f hcp hvy in Aug beating Marlos Moment (8-13) by nk, 5 ran (flat).
Hello Humpfrey (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, no extra approaching 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Crouching Harry (10-9) at Clonmel 2m 3yo mdn hdl.
Linkup (IRE) 7-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Courtesy Call (9-5) at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May (flat).
Pacelli Road (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Soon mid-division, 5th and progress from over 2f out, moderate 4th and no room on rail from over 1f out, switched and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Qasser (9-5) at Cork 1m 3yo mdn hvy in Oct (flat).
Vedani (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, jumped poorly, 4th halfway, no extra in moderate 5th entering straight, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Diakali (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Faanan Aldaar (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to challenge 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 6th of 8, 5l behind Moo Sahara (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f sks pol in Oct (flat).
Teofolina (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Dwelt, always towards rear, 9th of 11, 30l behind Seventh Sign (9-3) at Killarney 1m 6f hcp sft in Sep (flat).
Valley Queen 9-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Ever Fortune (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct (flat).