A tough start for punters with several potentially useful newcomers facing the starter. Call Me Bubbles completed a double before just failing to land a hat-trick in a Premier Handicap and will have been well schooled. He's an obvious threat while Honourable Emperor had some very useful form on the Flat and is only lightly raced. Overcall is another with little experience who could make a useful hurdler but it's DIPLOMAT who gets the nod. Dermot Weld's charge is rated 95 on the level after landing a Premier Handicap at Killarney and though his pedigree hardly suggests jumping will be his game his trainer has had great success with similar types. Teofolina looks best of those with experience as she would have finished much closer to South South West at Gowran but for some sticky jumping and will have benefited from the run.
Authorization 8-1 (8-9) Chased leader, soon moderate 2nd, closed from before straight, 3rd 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, 10th of 16, 9l behind Sure Reef (8-9) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct (flat).
Bayan (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Towards rear, moderate 8th approaching 3 out, some headway when mistake 2 out, no extra, 7th of 12, 17l behind South South West (10-13) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo hdl sft.
Call Me Bubbles (FR) 9-2fav (8-3) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, ridden to challenge 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 14, nk behind I Have A Dream (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep (flat).
Dalasiri (IRE) Dylan Thomas gelding out of Dalataya.
Diplomat (USA) 3-1fav (9-6) Mid-division, some progress 3f out, ridden in moderate 5th 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 9l behind Offer (10-0) at Naas 1m 4f hcp hvy in Oct (flat).
Elijah Gardner (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th and mistake 2 out, soon no extra, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 27l behind Fisher (10-12) at Galway 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Flaxen Flare (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, chased leader 3f out, rider dropped rein 2f out, switched right to challenge approaching 1f out, edged right and driven to lead inside final furlong, won at Nottingham 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct beating Oddysey (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran (flat).
Honourable Emperor (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 4f out, eased straight, last of 11, well behind Shadow Gate (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol in Oct (flat).
House Limit (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Led, ridden entering straight, headed 1 1/2f out, weakened, 9th of 13, 5l behind Samollie (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol (flat).
Ibsen (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, driven along 4f out, headway on outer to challenge 1f out, led inside final 100 yards and kept on best, won at Tramore 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct beating Danequest (8-4) by 1/2l, 9 ran (flat).
Mudaffar (USA) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, mistake 2nd, 6th halfway, ridden approaching straight and soon no extra, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Crouching Harry (10-9) at Clonmel 2m 3yo mdn hdl.
Overcall (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 5th before halfway, ridden and no impression from 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 20, 6l behind Ebazan (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks in Sep (flat).
Sujet Bellagio 33-1 (9-4) Keen hold and soon led, strongly pressed into straight and headed under 2f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 17l behind Hes Our Music (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-75 pol (flat).
Welsh Nayber 16-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden and headway on inside over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 7l behind Layali Dubai (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Wot A Shot (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Always behind, never a factor, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Diakali (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Zambezi Tiger (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 33l behind Fisher (10-12) at Galway 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Teofolina (IRE) 10-1 (10-1) Mid-division, 6th halfway, headway in 4th 3 out and went 2nd before next, ridden and no impression before last, kept on one pace under pressure in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind South South West (10-13) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo hdl sft.
Time To Please (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Always behind, weakened before straight, 8th of 9, 41l behind Euphrasia (9-0) at Curragh 1m 1f fll mdn stks hvy in Oct (flat).