Yet another Graded race at the mercy of Willie Mullins, whose ANALIFET will be at very short odds after her destruction of useful stablemate Noble Inn at Fairyhouse and Punchestown where she's hardly been out of a canter. She's already favourite for the Triumph Hurdle and should pick up this nice prize en-route. Noble Inn may well be good enough to chase her home again, though Guitar Pete is probably more of a threat after his superb run in the Grade 2 Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham where he made Royal Irish Hussar pull out all the stops with the remainder well beaten.
Arzembouy Premier (FR) (10-3) won at Chateaubriant(FR) 2m 1f 3yo hdl gs in Sep, 8 ran.
Clarcam (FR) 7-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 5th, 4th 3 out, no impression on easy winner in moderate 3rd after next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Analifet (10-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo hdl Grd 3 (1).
Guitar Pete (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2 out, 1 length down last, soon ridden, kept on same pace, well held flat, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Royal Irish Hussar (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 3yo hdl Grd 2 (1) gd in Nov.
Henry Higgins (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Waited with towards rear, good headway on outer into 2nd 1f out, led inside final furlong and swished tail, shied away a bit near line, easily, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp in Jun beating Rockabilly Riot (9-10) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran (flat).
Noble Inn (FR) 10-1 (10-9) Settled towards rear, not fluent 5th and 3 out, progress early straight and ridden in moderate 2nd after 2 out, no impression on easy winner, kept on, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Analifet (10-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo hdl Grd 3 (1).
Analifet (FR) 3-10fav (10-6) Led after 1st, not fluent 4th, asserted early straight and clear after 2 out, stayed on well, impressive, won at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo hdl Grd 3 (1) beating Noble Inn (10-9) by 7l, 8 ran.