Castlerock Rose gained her only hurdling success in a maiden here last month and ran quite well in a handicap on a return visit. The Shoe Doctor looked as though he needed a longer trip when staying on over 2m7f at Fairyhouse but Western Man has been disappointing despite slipping down the weights. War did a bit better on heavy going at Tramore and has had a run on the all-weather subsequently but this looks destined for PONMEWORD. He's been chasing and scored here last month before slipping up at Tramore. He can race from a 9lb lower mark back over timber and with his young rider claiming 3lb this should be the day he loses his maiden tag over hurdles.
Castlerock Rose (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, progress 4 out, soon chased leaders, moderate 4th 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 10l behind Backinthere (11-7) at Cork 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 9-109.
Native Court (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Towards rear, never a factor, pushed along 5 out and no impression in 12th next, kept on one pace in straight, 8th of 13, 27l behind Moving On (10-11) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102.
Scrapper Jack (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Waited with, moderate 6th from 3 out, no extra into straight, 7th of 12, 35l behind Henrietta's Way (10-11) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-103 hvy in Dec.
The Shoe Doctor (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Waited with towards rear, closer in 5th before 3 out, struggling to get there from 2 out, kept on same pace in 4th from before last, 5th of 9, 2l behind Miss Xian (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.
Clonmore Lad (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Close up, no impression from 3 out, moderate 5th and no extra from before straight, 13th of 18, 25l behind Playtime Ben (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Ponmeword (IRE) 4-5fav (10-10) Waited with, closed up going well to track leaders from 6 out, every chance still travelling nicely when slipped up before 2 out, in a race won by Count Salazar (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Western Man (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Raced in 3rd, not fluent 1st and similar jump next, went 2nd 3 out, 3rd again after next, dropped last of the 4 approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on, 3rd of 4, 28l behind Mazuri Cowboy (11-7) at Limerick 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Written Inthestars (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Settled towards rear, headway after halfway, went 2nd briefly 4 out but no extra in 5th after next, weakened, 6th of 10, 44l behind Rocknrollrambo (10-13) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl.
Day Dream Boy (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division when mistake and almost unseated rider 2nd, dropped to rear, headway 4 out and went 5th next, ridden in 4th 2 out and no impression approaching last, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 17l behind Moving On (10-11) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102.
Swift Lady (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no extra approaching 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 24l behind Key Account (10-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Aug.
War (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Towards rear, 8th before 4 out, no impression and kept on without threatening from before 2 out, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Ballyquin Queen (11-7) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Stabilo (GER) 22-1 (9-7) Settled towards rear in 8th, ridden 3 out and no extra in 7th next, left moderate 5th after last, 5th of 9, 25l behind Rockyaboya (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy.
Lion Valley (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Soon prominent, ridden after 3 out, no impression from before straight, 5th of 12, 13l behind Dazzlers Day (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.
Zero Point Seven (USA) 25-1 (9-13) Waited with, closer order from before 5 out, no impression from before straight, fell 2 out, in a race won by Dazzlers Day (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Adroon Bridge (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Soon led, headed 2nd, bad mistake next, lost place and no extra 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind Goodtime Boy (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.