Noble Pageant has now gone 23 starts over hurdles without winning and was behind SHAZNER at Clonmel last week. He can hardly be trusted to lose his maiden tag and the latter, who was running very well on only his second start over timber, looks the one to be on. Winning point-to-pointer Pals Leg has shown promise in bumpers and on his only start over hurdles while I'Lltelimar King, who easily won a point-to-point at this time a year ago, would be a real threat on his form in a handicap here at Christmas.
Ballyreesode (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division best, no danger from before 5 out, 10th of 15, 36l behind Raise Hell (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Feb.
Carrolls Comfort (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Soon led, headed 4f out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Turnandgo (12-0) at Clonmel 2m N H flat.
Gold Spark (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, weakened from next, 12th of 19, well behind Mad Brian (11-5) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft.
I'lltelimar King (IRE) 4-1fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th 3 out, no extra before next, 4th of 15, 31l behind Twin Plan (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Feb.
Mad Money (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Tr ldrs until fell 7th, in a race won by Major Mongo (12-0) at Nenagh 3m ire ptp hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Noble Pageant (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway into 6th 3 out, ridden in 4th before straight, no impression 2 out, kept on in 3rd last, held for 2nd close home, 3rd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Ancient Days (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Pals Leg (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th over 2f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 8l behind Apache Jack (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f N H flat sft in Feb.
Pencilhimin (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Una Juna.
Shazner (IRE) 18-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway in 3rd 3 out, led entering straight, ridden approaching 2 out, challenged 2 out, headed last, no extra run-in, held on for 2nd, 2nd of 16, 1 3/4l behind Ancient Days (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Subtitle (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 3 out, soon no extra, 9th of 15, 37l behind Kashline (11-1) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Fureys Cross (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, moderate 9th before last, kept on one pace, 9th of 22, 42l behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Grande Milan (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place a bit 5f out, ran on again without threatening straight, 5th of 18, 23l behind Daisy's Gift (11-7) at Thurles 2m mrs N H flat sft in Feb.