Another moderate handicap but ZEKARYA would have a good chance if able to recapture his form of earlier this year and is taken to do so. It's over a year since Sword Fish last ran over hurdles and he's won twice over fences subsequently so, racing off a 14lb lower mark, he has to be a threat to all. Provincial Pride made a promising handicap debut when runner-up to Tidy Zag in a big field at Cork and couldn't get much lower in the ratings while Annie Oakley was staying on strongly at Fairyhouse a couple of weeks ago, her first start since January.
Medicinal Compound 10-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, 6th 6 out, lost place and dropped behind from before straight, 8th of 10, well behind Coolmill (10-3) at Cork 2m 4f in Nov.
Malt Gem (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Prominent, on terms 5th, soon headed, on terms again after 7th, headed and dropped to 5th before straight, no impression, 6th of 15, 26l behind Miss Xian (11-5) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 80-116.
Annie Oakley (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders but no impression from before straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 25l behind Miss Xian (11-5) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 80-116.
Sword Fish (IRE) 3-1fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, ridden entering straight and 4th 2 out, under pressure and no extra in 5th approaching last, 5th of 14, 16l behind Thelobstercatcher (9-10) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140.
Pencilhimin (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Soon mid-division, improved to track leaders before straight, no extra 2 out, 5th of 16, 23l behind Not For Changing (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Sherika (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Soon tracked leaders, slight mistake 5th, 7th before 7 out, no impression 5 out, soon no extra, tailed off,, 6th of 12, well behind Baily Dusk (10-10) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Nov.
St Maxime (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden before 3 out, no impression in 10th 2 out, kept on same pace straight, 7th of 15, 10l behind Sullane Chief (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116.
Zekarya (FR) 16-1 (11-11) In rear, no impression from 5 out, never a factor, 11th of 19, 32l behind Good Egg (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116.
Knock Beauty (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, 2nd 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before straight, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Lord Alfie (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 gs in Apr, 20 ran.
George Fernbeck 16-1 (11-8) Towards rear, 9th halfway, ridden and no impression approaching 3 out, kept on one pace in straight,, 7th of 12, 20l behind Tidy Zag (11-12) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Carrow Queen (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mistake and reminder 1st, soon mid-division, not fluent 6 out, chased leaders from before straight, soon no impression, 9th of 23, 33l behind Tidy Zag (11-6) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Brown Eyed Joe (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along in 11th after 3 out, ridden and no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 9th of 13, 13l behind La Femme Blanche (10-8) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Provincial Pride (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Soon tracked leaders, moderate 4th and no impression from before 2 out, left moderate 3rd from last, kept on same pace into 2nd close home, 2nd of 23, 10l behind Tidy Zag (11-6) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Gone Bust (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Some Officer (11-5) at Sligo 2m 4f mdn hdl in Aug.
No More Vino (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Soon in rear, last and no impression when mistake 4 out, no extra,, 13th of 15, well behind Sea Light (11-4) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Nov.
Minella Gathering (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, led briefly before 3 out where not fluent, soon headed, under pressure and no impression in 5th approaching 2 out, kept on one pace,, 4th of 9, 20l behind Gold Patrol (11-9) at Tramore 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Nanos Witness (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 4 out, 14th of 17, well behind Araku Valley (10-13) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.