Irish Bulletin, a winner over 1m4f at Wexford for Jim Bolger, is an interesting recruit to hurdling but he'll need to be smart to see off KITTEN ROCK at a difference of just 7lb. A dual winner on the Flat in France, he made a very impressive hurdling debut for new connections at Navan where he had plenty in hand and should remain unbeaten. Black Ice, who was having his second start that day, was beaten 12 lengths and is most unlikely to reverse the form.
Kitten Rock (FR) 2-1 (11-7) Mid-division, progress into 6th 3 out, switched out before 2 out where 4th, improved to lead last, ridden to assert run-in, easily, won at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl beating Shutter Island (11-7) by 7l, 12 ran.
Black Ice (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, progress into 5th halfway, improved to dispute briefly before straight, 3rd entering straight, ridden into 2nd 2 out, no extra in 4th last, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 12l behind Kitten Rock (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
Irish Bulletin (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, ridden approaching straight and no extra in 7th over 1f out, 7th of 11, 10l behind Polished Rock (8-9) at Leopardstown 1m 2f App hcp gd in Aug (flat).
Tale Of Fame (ITY) 100-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, moderate 12th before straight, soon no impression, 16th of 22, well behind Ivan Grozny (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Flosshilde (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Soon mid-division, 8th early, no extra from before straight,, 10th of 13, 42l behind Windsor Queen (10-7) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
R U Sirius (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression after 4 out, weakened and tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Orgilgo Bay (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Secret Seven (USA) 3-1fav (9-8) Dwelt and settled rear of mid-division, ridden 3f out, no impression, 11th of 14, 18l behind Hangar Five (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct (flat).