Willie Mullins has introduced several very useful performers from France in recent weeks, none more so than BLOOD COTIL who cruised to victory on his debut for the champion trainer at Fairyhouse. He's taking on much stronger company but looks one to follow in the big races this season. Our Conor has to be a huge threat judged on his victory over today's rival Stocktons Wing at Fairyhouse when South South West was behind though a 3lb pull in the weights should enable the runner-up to get closer. Gordon Elliott has won this twice in the past three years so Fisher has to be respected despite his defeat at Kempton as he was attempting to concede 10lb to the winner and the remainder were well beaten. Money Spider is progressing nicely and her allowance will be a bonus.
Our Conor (IRE) 8-11fav (10-9) Tracked leader in 2nd, led briefly 3rd, regained led 4 out, soon joined, led before 2 out, soon ridden clear, stayed on well from last, won at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo hdl Grd 3 (1) sft beating Stocktons Wing (10-9) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Blood Cotil (FR) 4-9fav (11-0) Travelled powerfully and jumped well tracking leaders, 2nd and switched to inside to challenge going best straight, led approaching last, stayed on well to draw clear run-in, very easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov beating Hazariban (10-7) by 17l, 6 ran.
Crouching Harry (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Made all, strongly pressed early straight, kept on under pressure run-in, held on well, won at Clonmel 2m 3yo mdn hdl beating Fatcatinthehat (11-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Fisher 9-4fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, led before next, soon hard pressed, ridden when mistake last, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Mcvicar (10-12) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) gd in Oct.
South South West (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, headway to lead entering straight, kept on well from before last, won at Gowran Park 2m 3yo hdl sft beating Pacelli Road (10-8) by 3l, 12 ran.
Stocktons Wing (IRE) 11-4 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, improved into 3rd after 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, kept on without catching winner run-in, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Our Conor (10-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo hdl Grd 3 (1) sft.
Money Spider (IRE) 4-6fav (10-3) Settled 4th early, 3rd from 2nd, improved to lead travelling well entering straight, easily, won at Punchestown 2m 3yo hdl hvy in Nov beating Dayrina (10-3) by 7l, 6 ran.
One Fine Day (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, 6th and progress entering straight, 3rd 1 1/2f out, 2nd and stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Miracle Cure (8-4) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Nov (flat).