Formerly with Aidan O'Brien, when he failed to progress after landing a Leopardstown handicap off a mark of 88, MOON INDIGO now makes his first start over hurdles for Howard Johnson and will surely do better here than in the Lonsdale Cup on his most recent outing on the level when last of the eight runners and he looks worth backing to open his account for current connections. Lucinda Russell's Bear Dancing has shown decent form in points and has to be considered first time under rules but he is likely to do better over fences. George Moore's Majestic Mayhem has shown a decent level of form winning twice here over slightly shorter but penalties for those wins may anchor him and preference is for Moon Indigo.
Majestic Mayhem (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Prominent, left 2nd 8th, every chance 2 out, not fluent last, soon beaten, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 2l behind North Island (10-12) at Bangor 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Bear Dancing (IRE) 4-6 (12-5) won at Balcormo Mains 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Almost Blue (12-12) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Bronze Dancer (IRE) 40-1 (10-5) Led, headed approaching 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Desert Soul (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m 5f cond nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Sep.
Sunnyside 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, headway to lead over 4f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, no chance with winner final furlong, 2nd of 13, 7l behind Storm Brig (11-9) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Moon Indigo 66-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders until lost place over 3f out, well beaten over 2f out, last of 8, 9l behind Opinion Poll (9-1) at York 2m Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug (flat).
Roll Over Rose (IRE) 9-2 (10-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Kilbrannish Hill (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr, 10 ran.