Silvestre De Sousa was booked at an early stage for Bayan, who has been in superb form on the Flat and over hurdles. He's improving rapidly and on a fair mark so has to be on the short-list, though he only beat Call Me Bubbles a length over timber at Listowel and the latter is well in at the weights. Quick Jack is another very progressive type who has a 5lb penalty for his latest success but still looks very well handicapped and will be difficult to keep out of the frame. Ancient Sands continues on her merry way but could now be in the grip of the handicapper so the vote goes to TOTALIZE. Brian Ellison loves his trips to Ireland and landed the Cesarewitch at the Curragh a few weeks ago so the recent Pontefract winner can defy a penalty and score for the Yorkshire handler.
Certerach (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Dwelt a bit, waited with in rear, ridden before straight, no impression in 7th over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Parish Hall (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol in Oct.
Sir Ector (USA) 10-1 (9-9) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden in 4th 3f out, 3rd under 2f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Eye of The Storm (9-0) at Curragh 2m Listed stks (1) gf in Sep.
Ancient Sands (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Prominent early, tracked leaders and 4th halfway, headway early straight to lead 2f out, ridden and drifted left over 1f out, soon asserted and kept on under pressure, held on closing stages, won at Naas 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct beating Stony Grey (9-0) by hd, 16 ran.
Paddy The Celeb (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden into 3rd 3f out, led 2 1/2f out, headed over 1 1/2f out, no extra, 16th of 30, 15l behind Montefeltro (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Majenta (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway in 9th 3f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, led over 1 1/2f out, kept on final furlong, headed final 100 yards, 4th close home, 4th of 30, 2l behind Montefeltro (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Saptapadi (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, not clear run 2f out, switched outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 18, 1 1/4l behind Lahaag (9-9) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Truthwillsetufree (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Settled behind leaders, 9th halfway, ridden into 7th 2f out, stayed on to 2nd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 30, 2 1/2l behind Montefeltro (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Call Me Bubbles (FR) 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden into 6th 2f out, 4th 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, held in 2nd when slightly hampered close home, 3rd on line, 3rd of 30, 1 3/4l behind Montefeltro (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Be Perfect (USA) 20-1 (9-9) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leader over 2f out, stayed on under pressure to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at York 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct beating Theology (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 17 ran.
Totalize 9-1 (9-7) Behind, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final fulong, ran on well, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct beating Moccasin (9-4) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Sho Girl (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 5f out, challenged over 4f out, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on well from over 1f out, won at Listowel 1m 6f hcp hvy in Sep beating Caim Hill (9-12) by 4l, 11 ran.
Stony Grey (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and headway to dispute before halfway, ridden and headed 2f out, rallied inside final furlong and kept on well closing stages, not reach winner, 2nd of 16, hd behind Ancient Sands (9-2) at Naas 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Tantalising (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, ridden 3f out, soon no impression, last of 8, 14l behind Eye of The Storm (9-0) at Curragh 2m Listed stks (1) gf in Sep.
Bayan (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Prominent early on inner, lost place after halfway and dropped to 8th approaching straight, ridden and some headway into 5th over 1f out, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 11, hd behind Curley Bill (9-3) at Galway 1m 4f hcp hvy in Aug.
Jack Daddy 25-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace, 20th of 30, 18l behind Montefeltro (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Quick Jack (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Soon well off pace in mid-division, poor 10th before halfway, improved into moderate 3rd over 2f out, soon closing and moderate 2nd over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to get up near line, won at Navan 1m 5f hcp sft in Oct beating Face Value (8-10) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Rawnaq (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Soon prominent in chasing group, poor 4th over 5f out, no extra and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 7th of 16, 13l behind Quick Jack (9-0) at Navan 1m 5f hcp sft in Oct.
Kalann (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division, closer in 7th approaching straight, challenged 2f out, 5th and no impression from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Vote Of Confidence (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Oct.
Face Value 18-1 (8-10) Led and soon well clear, advantage reducing from under 2f out, still healthy advantage over 1f out, kept on final furlong, caught near line, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Quick Jack (9-0) at Navan 1m 5f hcp sft in Oct.