Those who backed MOONSHINE LAD at Fairyhouse last time will be looking for compensation though are unlikely to be offer much in the way of value. Gordon Elliott's winning point-to-pointer and bumper was travelling easily in the lead when falling at the second last and there doesn't look much to prevent him taking this. Highbrow Blue was beaten a very long way into second by Wicklow Gold at Tramore so Afterclass may be more of a threat as he made a very encouraging debut over hurdles before surprisingly running in a bumper at Fairyhouse where he didn't have the pace. Massini Girl is one to keep an eye on as she makes her debut as she has a very smart jumper's pedigree.
Afterclass (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, 10th after halfway, some headway approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 11, 26l behind Royal Caviar (12-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f N H flat sft in Nov.
Fluspar (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Led, joined from under 6f out, headed approaching straight, soon no extra, 8th of 11, 34l behind Royal Caviar (12-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f N H flat sft in Nov.
Highbrow Blue (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and no impression on winner in 2nd approaching 2 out, kept on one pace,, 2nd of 10, 27l behind Wicklow Gold (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl sft.
Just A Birdie (IRE) Coin Silver gelding out of Windmillviewclaire.
Makethedifference (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Soon chased leaders, moderate 9th approaching straight, moderate 7th and no impression from before 2 out, kept on same pace, 8th of 30, 35l behind Sizing Tennessee (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl.
Mardar (IRE) Turtle Island gelding out of Awesome Miracle.
Moonshine Lad (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Soon chased leaders, 5th approaching 4 out, on terms next, led straight, every chance when fell 2 out, in a race won by The Housekeeper (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov, 15 ran.
Once And Always (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd approaching straight, no impression from 3 out, 9th of 24, well behind Rathvinden (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft.
Red Solo Cup (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight, no extra from 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 11l behind Ebazziyr (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat gd in Apr.
Sadler's Stripes 33-1 (10-11) Soon mid-division, under pressure from 7th, soon weakened, tailed off,, 11th of 12, well behind Gort An Chnoic (10-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f gd.
Upstager (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 13th of 18, 49l behind Theos Well (11-7) at Listowel 2m N H flat in Sep.
Vinnie Trenta (IRE) 7-1 (12-2) Twrds rr, mod 6th by 4th, 7th 6out & mstk 5out, clser aftr 4out, cl en 6th, mstk 3out, wknd 2out, ko up fin, 5th of 10, 19l behind Le Feu Garde (12-2) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp.
Massini Girl (IRE) Dr Massini mare out of Miss Toulon.
Monroe's Live (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, moderate 7th early straight, soon no impression, fell last,, in a race won by Sitcom (11-5) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs gd in Nov, 12 ran.