Some promising types here but the form pick has to be HISAABAAT. Dermot Weld's charge ran a tremendous race behind Willie Mullins' highly-regarded Ut De Sivola in a Punchestown Grade 3 last time and the form was given a massive boost at Gowran on Thursday when the third and fourth finished 1-2 in another strong event. Paul Townend was on board Hisaabaat at Punchestown but is claimed for Darroun here and his mount went some way towards justifying his huge purchase price with a very good introduction behind Shadow Catcher at Punchestown. The strongly fancied Edeymi was behind that day and looks held while Bat Masterson has been running well but is held by the selection on a couple of formlines. The Four Elms and To The Sky should be winning soon but this looks a very tough juvenile hurdle.
Bat Masterson (IRE) 8-11fav (11-0) Well off pace in mid-division, progress 6 out, 3rd approaching straight, no extra when hampered 2 out, 5th of 15, 16l behind Arnaud (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Bulgaden (IRE) High Chaparral gelding out of Night Eyes.
Casimir Road (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Soon mid-division, no impression straight, last of 26, 48l behind Minsk (11-4) at Curragh 1m 4f gnt amt hcp 0-85 sft in Sep (flat).
Cuckney Bear 33-1 (10-11) Never better than mid-division, not fluent 3 out, 11th of 15, well behind Arnaud (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Darroun (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, led and disputed halfway, headed 2 out, pushed along entering straight, led again before last and soon strongly pressed, headed after last, kept on, just held, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Shadow Catcher (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Darwins Theory (IRE) 5-2 (8-10) Chased leaders in 6th, 7th when switched right 3f out, soon driven along, went moderate 5th over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Casbah Rock (10-0) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 50-80 gf in Jun (flat).
Edeymi (IRE) 15-8 (10-7) Mid-division, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden in 4th entering straight, no impression before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 10l behind Shadow Catcher (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Gentleman Duke (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Waited with at slow pace, slow jump 3rd, 5th between last 2, soon no impression, kept on without threatening run-in, 5th of 6, 10l behind Sportsmaster (11-0) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
Hisaabaat (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Settled mid-division, 5th halfway, steady headway to go 2nd before 3 out, led briefly approaching straight, soon joined, still every chance when mistake and headed last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Ut De Sivola (10-10) at Punchestown 2m hdl Grd 3 (1).
King Of The Ring 50-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden 2 out, no impression in 4th last, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 11l behind Chill (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Dec.
Liberty's Gift (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra and weakened, 12th of 14, 9l behind Fountain Of Honour (9-8) at Dundalk 1m Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Dec (flat).
Long Time Coming (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Led, wandered about and awkward 1st, jumped right and headed next, prominent at slow pace, jumped right 3 out, struggling and kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 4th of 6, 9l behind Sportsmaster (11-0) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
Military Bowl (USA) (8-10) won at Marseille-borely(FR) 1m 2f Listed stks (1) hvy in Nov, 9 ran (flat).
Musawama (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Waited with at slow pace, improved to be close up and challenge from between last 2, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from after last, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Sportsmaster (11-0) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
Red Calima (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Chased leaders until no extra and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Argocat (10-5) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft, 17 ran.
Solo Whisper (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 7l behind Bramante (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol (flat).
Sonapour (FR) 8-1 (8-4) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden in 9th and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 10th of 15, 15l behind Celebrity Sevi (8-9) at Naas 1m 4f hcp in Oct (flat).
Sunset Stanza 40-1 (10-7) Chased leaders at slow pace, 4th approaching straight, dropped to last between last 2, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 6, 47l behind Sportsmaster (11-0) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
The Drunken Dr (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 8th of 15, 21l behind Chill (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Dec.
The Four Elms (IRE) 28-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, well off pace, bad mistake 4 out, closed 3 out, on terms approaching straight, soon led, headed 2 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Arnaud (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
To The Sky (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway into 5th 4 out, challenged 2 out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no extra in 3rd approaching last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Chill (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Dec.
Tobar Na Gaoise (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Waited with towards rear, some headway 3 out, kept on same pace from before straight, 6th of 15, 37l behind Arnaud (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Westhaven (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden into 2nd and edged right 1 1/2f out, no extra in 4th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Tribes And Banner (11-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f Amateur Handicap (55-75) (4yo+) pol (flat).
Wingtips (FR) 3-1 (9-4) 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Kapirovska (9-1) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 1m 7f 3yo stk gd in Oct (flat).
Light Footsteps (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, well off pace, moderate 9th at 5th, some headway 4 out, plenty to do when mistake and unseated rider next, in a race won by Wrekin Rock (10-7) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov, 16 ran.
Tarkeeba (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Refused to race, in a race won by Tribes And Banner (11-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f Amateur Handicap (55-75) (4yo+) pol, 10 ran (flat).