Winning point-to-pointer Trendelenburg appeared to need every yard of 2m6f when scoring at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day and the shorter trip allied to a 7lb rise makes life tougher. It was only a maiden that GOBAN SAOR won at Tramore last time but the manner of his victory suggested there is much more to come from Edward O'Grady's charge. This is a stiffer task with recent Thurles runner-up The Breathalyser a major threat, though he should be up to it. Muzak sneaks into the bottom of the handicap and it's about time he was losing his maiden tag though heavy ground could be a problem. Away We Go has been chasing but his handicap mark over timber is 27lb lower and he can probably improve.
Ponmeoath (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Close 2nd, slight mistake 8th, 4th when mistake 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, 7th of 8, 34l behind Barker (11-12) at Tramore 2m 5f lst chs (1) hvy.
Away We Go (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Held up, some progress 6 out, 10th 4 out, ridden and weakened next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Majestic Concorde (11-9) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Dec, 28 ran.
Goban Saor (FR) 6-4fav (10-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway to lead after 3 out, ridden next, stayed on well, eased near finish, comfortably, won at Tramore 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Granaruid (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Passing Through 14-1 (11-9) Chased leaders early, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th entering straight, no extra and kept on one pace, 8th of 10, 16l behind William Wordsworth (10-12) at Naas 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) sft.
Andlau (FR) 14-1 (11-12) Prominent, 5th before straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 4th of 16, 8l behind Big Secret (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Captain Declan (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Towards rear, progress into 5th after 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 17, 25l behind Flemensford (11-0) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 in Dec.
Sumkindasuprstar (IRE) 11-2fav (11-12) Led and disputed, headed after 7th, chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 10th of 20, well behind Noble Prince (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Apr '09.
Rockers Field (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 5th, lost place halfway, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Jack Absolute (11-4) at Limerick 2m 3f cnd hcp chs sft in Apr, 16 ran.
Soldier Bay 16-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, 7th before 4 out, no extra approaching straight, 9th of 12, 50l behind Jacks Island (9-10) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
The Breathalyser (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Always prominent, close 5th 4 out, disputed lead briefly 3 out, soon ridden in 2nd, not fluent 2 out, strongly pressed winner when slight mistake last, kept on well run-in, 2nd of 18, 3/4l behind Ballinahow Lady (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102.
Bean Chroi Bhriste (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, led briefly approaching 5th, 2nd halfway, ridden in 6th entering straight, no extra and kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 25l behind Lucky Spring (11-1) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Dec.
Railway Road (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 11th of 18, 26l behind The Pier (11-10) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl.
De Dodger (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Towards rear, some headway approaching straight, kept on without threatening, 8th of 18, 26l behind Skorcher (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl.
Katie's Jem (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Slowly away and towards rear for most, never a factor, 12th of 20, 25l behind Killeenmore (11-6) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Knockieran (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) In rear, some progress into mid-division 6 out, kept on one paced from 3 out, 7th of 18, 12l behind Ballinahow Lady (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102.
Whatsabillion (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Towards rear for most, no impression straight, 12th of 14, 21l behind Le Marquis (11-8) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Dec.
Trendelenburg (IRE) 4-6fav (10-2) Held up towards rear, moderate 10th 4 out, closer entering straight, went 3rd 2 out, ridden to challenge at last, kept on well under pressure run-in to lead closing stages, won at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens16 beating Catleen (10-0) by nk, 15 ran.
Muzak (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Led and tended to hang away from rail, ridden after 3 out, strongly pressed and headed approaching last, soon dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Dream Champion (10-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd in Aug.
Ambershan (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Led, headed and ridden entering straight, no impression from 3 out, 5th of 18, 29l behind Indifference Curve (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f beg chase hvy in Apr.
Moving On (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, 7th halfway, under pressure in 6th entering straight, no impression from 2 out, 7th of 12, 13l behind Mr Eko (11-4) at Thurles 2m cond hcp hdl 80-95.
Brookville (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Led, headed 2nd, remained prominent, 3rd approaching 3 out, lost place before next, one pace, 8th of 25, 23l behind Old McDonald (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl.