WHAT A CHARM won this as a three-year-old last season before turning to hurdling and landing the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. She landed a Listed contest on the level at Listowel in September and is only 7lb higher than a year ago so gets the vote to defy her big weight. Prince Chaparral, runner-up a year ago, also went hurdling but without the same success and has it all to do to take revenge. Pond Cottage ploughed through the Galway mud to land an amateurs race from Montan and though he started a huge price there was no fluke about the victory. If the going turns heavy he'll be thereabouts while Pozyc looks on a fair mark and has scored over timber since his success on the Flat at Galway. Hidden Universe has generally promised more than he's produced and it was only a maiden that he won at Navan last time but he's a classy performer at his best and connections can't be too unhappy with his mark for his handicap debut. Silvestre De Sousa had one booked ride at the whole meeting, Whatuthink, so connections must believe the chaser is capable of a big run.
What A Charm (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Led and soon clear, reduced advantage halfway, headed under pressure approaching straight, no impression in 8th 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 18l behind Sapphire (8-11) at Curragh 1m 4f Listed stks (1) sft in Oct.
Waydownsouth (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, 5th on outer halfway, 4th entering straight, no extra from 1f out, 7th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Northgate (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol in Oct.
Admiral Barry (IRE) 28-1 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden and no impression early straight, went 5th 1f out, kept on same pace but no chance with easy winner, 4th of 19, 8l behind Minsk (8-9) at Curragh 2m hcp sft in Oct.
Dayia (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Held up, always towards rear, 30th of 33, well behind Never Can Tell (8-11) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Prince Chaparral (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, ridden and some headway on far rail over 1f out, 5th inside final furlong and kept on under pressure, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Licence To Till (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Sep.
Hidden Universe (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, headway into 4th 3f out, disputed 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Navan 2m mdn stks sft in Oct beating Chaperoned (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 17 ran.
Solo Performer (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Towards rear, driven along on outer from early straight, went 5th early final furlong, kept on under pressure without reaching winner, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Denny Crane (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 60-90 pol in Oct.
Deutschland (USA) 5-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders straight, kept on without threatening under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 18, 3 1/2l behind Pond Cottage (10-7) at Galway 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) hvy in Oct.
Pond Cottage (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Galway 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) hvy in Oct beating Montan (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 18 ran.
Whatuthink (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Led and disputed, 3rd over 3f out, 2nd over 2f out, dropped to 4th and no extra from 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 18, 7l behind Pond Cottage (10-7) at Galway 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) hvy in Oct.
Rising Wind (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Towards rear, 16th early straight, kept on well inside final furlong without reaching leaders, 5th of 19, 9l behind Minsk (8-9) at Curragh 2m hcp sft in Oct.
Highly Efficient 14-1 (7-13) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Celebrity Sevi (8-9) at Naas 1m 4f hcp in Oct.
Pozyc (FR) 4-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, closer in 3rd travelling well 3f out, led 1f out, clear and stayed on well final furlong, won at Galway 2m hcp 50-70 gd in Jul beating Darenjan (9-11) by 2l, 15 ran.
Tawaagg 16-1 (7-13) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, stayed on into 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Celebrity Sevi (8-9) at Naas 1m 4f hcp in Oct.
Domination 7-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway entering straight, 4th 3f out, ridden into 2nd 2f out, no impression leader over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 18, 2 3/4l behind Harrison's Cave (9-2) at Navan 1m 5f hcp 60-90 sft in Oct.
Dibella (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Held up, some progress on outer 4f out, mid-division and no impression straight, 13th of 22, 6l behind Leah Claire (9-10) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp 55-80 gf in Oct '10.