Apache Drums looks capable of better and jockey bookings look significant while a long absence shouldn't be too much of a problem for King Of The Refs, who could well be on a very fair mark. Vast Consumption is certain to come in for support after returning from a very long absence to score at Tramore but a 12lb rise won't help nor will a 10lb hike do much for the chances of Ros Brin after she finally got off the mark at Fairyhouse. Mississippi River comfortably beat Golanbrook in a maiden at Fairyhouse and is much better than he showed at Tramore last time but this can go to ALFA BEAT. It's hardly surprising that his trainer reverts him back to hurdling after the assessor raised him 10lb for landing a handicap over fences in September as he can race from an incredible 41lb lower mark over timber.
Mississippi River (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Prominent until left behind in 3rd from before 2 out, no extra, 3rd of 6, 43l behind Casa Jove (11-12) at Tramore 2m nh nov hdl sft in Dec.
Alfa Beat (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Chased clear leader, 3rd halfway, closer in 2nd before 6 out, led after next, stayed on well in straight, won at Listowel 3m hcp chs sft in Sep beating Bideford Legend (10-2) by 4l, 17 ran.
Persian Gayle (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, headway into 5th 3 out, ridden in 7th when slightly hampered 2 out, no extra, 8th of 10, 14l behind Macville (11-4) at Limerick 2m 5f lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) gd in Oct '10.
Mubrook (USA) 6-1 (11-6) Tracked leader in 2nd, led 4 out, ridden and headed entering straight no impression in 5th when fell last, in a race won by Schinkel (10-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Dec, 16 ran.
First Impressions (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, no extra after 2 out, weakened, last of 7, 33l behind Dariak (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl sft in Nov.
King Of The Refs (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, headway into 4th after 5 out, 3rd 3 out, ridden to challenge in 2nd 2 out, no extra from last, 2nd of 19, 1/2l behind Toon River (11-12) at Gowran Park 3m mdn hdl in Apr.
Apache Drums (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Mid-division, ridden and kept on same pace from 3 out, 7th of 15, 11l behind Staying Article (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Bruach Na Mara (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Towards rear, moderate 11th and no impression approaching 3 out, 11th of 15, 50l behind Prince Of Forwards (10-6) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Vast Consumption (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Chased leaders in 6th for much, went in pursuit of leader travelling well approaching 2 out where on terms, soon led under pressure, stayed on best run-in, won at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy beating Really Unique (11-11) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division, 10th early, no impression approaching straight, 10th of 16, 24l behind Seabass (10-6) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Dec.
Prince Ludovic (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd 4 out, no extra in 6th from early straight, tailed off, 6th of 11, 50l behind Changing Times (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Ros Brin (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, 3rd 3 out, closed on leader to challenge next, soon led and in control from before last, driven clear run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-102 beating Liszt (11-5) by 14l, 16 ran.
Aladdins Cave 5-1 (12-0) Ld, hdd aftr 4out, wknd qckly 3out & bhnd when pu bef 2out, in a race won by An Fear Aitiuil (12-0) at Boulta 3m ire ptp gd in Dec '10, 10 ran.
King Keano (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, 13th of 22, well behind Kyle's Turn (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 in Dec.
Peccatorum (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, no extra and kept on same pace from before straight, 6th of 13, 22l behind Beckett Rock (11-5) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec.
Duroob 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders early, mid-division halfway, headway into 4th 6 out, ridden and no extra approaching 3 out, 9th of 18, 29l behind Novarov (10-12) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Gimli's Return (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, headway into 6th approaching straight, no impression in moderate 3rd before last where mistake, no extra, 4th of 17, 25l behind Make Your Mark (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl gd in Dec.
Martin Cash (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Mid-division, closer in moderate 6th approaching straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 5th of 19, 30l behind Hats And Heels (11-3) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl.
Ut Love (FR) 33-1 (10-11) Towards rear, no danger from 6th, kept on, 6th of 14, well behind A Country Girl (11-4) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 10th, 5th approaching 7 out, no extra from next and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Torremuelle (10-3) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy, 13 ran.
Afram Blue 20-1 (9-11) Mid-division, headway into 6th 5 out, ridden in 7th 3 out, no extra before next, 11th of 20, 36l behind Larkin (11-0) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Aug.
Torre Del Greco (FR) 9-2 (9-8) Mid-division, 9th halfway, 7th 3 out, ridden after next and no impression before last, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 12l behind Glam Gerry (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-116 gd in Dec.