Big Generator almost made all at Navan last month but was caught close home by Spacious Sky, who has been beaten subsequently. A 4lb rise is easily wiped out by his rider's claim and another big effort is envisaged. Not For Changing has an 11lb rise to contend with after staying on to catch Not For Burning at Fairyhouse and the shorter trip isn't certain to suit. Somethingwonderful couldn't cope with Grade 1 company last time and makes his handicap debut from a high enough mark so it's VAXALCO who gets the nod. Jim Culloty's youngster is progressing nicely and followed a very close third at Navan with a cracking run at Fairyhouse where he was caught in the dying strides over that 2m4f by Followmeuptocarlow. Allez Vic got off the mark at Downpatrick in great style and is another to consider in an open event.
Big Generator 12-1 (11-1) Led and clear with rival until halfway, blundered 2 out, soon ridden and kept on well under pressure run-in, no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Spacious Sky (10-2) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.
Somethingwonderful (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Always rear, ridden and no impression early straight, no extra when slight mistake last, 9th of 10, 22l behind The Tullow Tank (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1).
Sammy Black (GER) 12-1 (11-11) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 9th of 17, 35l behind Foxrock (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs in Nov.
Concrete And Clay 20-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 8th 4 out, ridden from next, 8th 2 out, no impression, 12th of 24, 16l behind Followmeuptocarlow (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.
Not For Changing (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Held up, 11th at 5th, improved to track leaders before straight, 3rd before 2 out, 2nd before last, stayed on well run-in and led close home, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov beating Not For Burning (11-1) by nk, 16 ran.
Dun Scaith (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Unseated rider before start, prominent, led before 3rd, ran off bend before halfway away from stands and headed, still prominent, 6th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 20l behind The Job Is Right (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Nov.
Ebazan (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, pushed along and no impression after 2 out, no extra in straight, 10th of 11, 22l behind City Slicker (10-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Nov.
Ok Oscar (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 15, 23l behind Sullane Chief (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116.
Vaxalco (FR) 11-2fav (10-11) In rear early, progress into 11th 4 out, headway into 6th and ridden 2 out, led early run-in, kept on, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 24, 1/2l behind Followmeuptocarlow (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) In rear, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 8th of 14, 19l behind Wither Hills (11-8) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Sea Light (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Mid-division, improved to be close up 3 out, on terms before straight, led before 2 out, in command last, pushed out and kept on well run-in, comfortably,, won at Thurles 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Nov beating Faranadooney (10-12) by 4l, 15 ran.
Allez Vic (IRE) 5-2fav (11-3) Chased leaders, slight mistake 1st, 6th halfway, mistake 5 out, progress into 4th 4 out, 3rd next, led after 3 out, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on well under pressure from last, won at Downpatrick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-95 gd beating Redclue (10-13) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Spacious Sky (USA) 8-1 (10-9) Soon mid-division, 12th approaching straight, soon no extra, 10th of 16, well behind Dick Dundee (10-10) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
News Show 16-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th 3 out, left 3rd next, no extra before last, 4th of 14, 9l behind Wither Hills (11-8) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Charming Blue (FR) 100-1 (11-5) Mid-division, closer in 6th 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, 13th of 19, 45l behind Moyle Park (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Nov.