Hollymount King had looked a certain future winner when runner-up to Face Value at Punchestown and must be forgiven his flop at Down Royal where he finished lame. However, he's held by One Cool Shabra on their run behind Burrenbridge Lodge here in October though the former is now penalised after scoring easily at Punchestown. Bat Masterson improved dramatically to finish runner-up to the well regarded Ut De Sivola at Clonmel and further progress will see him in the mix but the winner's trainer Willie Mullins looks to have unearthed another potential star in DARROUN. A son of Dalakhani, he cost new connections 140,000 euros after landing a minor race on the Flat in the Provinces in June and can make a winning start to his new career. Dual Flat winner Musawama couldn't overcome being impeded at Cork on his hurdling debut and can do better.
One Cool Shabra (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Led, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed after 2 out, no extra under pressure run-in, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Sam Bass (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo hdl Grd 3 (1) sft.
Apolskapart (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Mid-division, good headway to join issue 3 out, narrowly headed before next, no impression in 5th at last, no extra, 5th of 16, 17l behind Blue Cannon (10-12) at Down Royal 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Bat Masterson (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Always prominent, disputed lead from 3 out, led before straight and soon strongly pressed, headed 2 out, no impression on easy winner when slight mistake last, 2nd of 14, 8l behind Ut De Sivola (11-0) at Clonmel 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy.
Darroun (IRE) (8-11) won at Nort-Sur-Erdre(FR) 1m 4f 3yo stk in Jun, 14 ran (flat).
Edeymi (IRE) (9-2) 2nd of 15, shd behind Salvador (9-2) at Clairefontaine(FR) 1m 6f stk sft in Aug (flat).
Harangue (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, well off pace, closed 4 out, 7th approaching 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 6th of 16, 31l behind Wrekin Rock (10-7) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Hollymount King (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Prominent, 2nd halfway, no extra approaching 3 out, weakened, lame post-race, 14th of 16, well behind Blue Cannon (10-12) at Down Royal 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Hurricane Season 20-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, 9th approaching straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 20l behind In Bloom (10-7) at Navan 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Musawama (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Towards rear, awkward 2nd, hampered 3rd, never a factor, completely tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Sam Bass (11-0) at Cork 2m 3yo hdl sft in Nov.
Obsession (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Soon well off pace in mid-division, closed but niggled along 4 out, 6th before straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on without threatening run-in, 5th of 16, 22l behind Wrekin Rock (10-7) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Rio Silver (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden and kept on same pace from 2 1/2f out, 6th of 14, 6l behind Painted Fingers (9-0) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp 47-65 gd in Aug (flat).
Mulleady (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Fell 1st, in a race won by In Bloom (10-7) at Navan 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov, 12 ran.