Bat Masterson sets the standard for those with experience on his excellent run behind the useful One Cool Shabra at Gowran in December. He flopped when odds-on at Limerick a couple of weeks later and Noel Meade resorts to first-time blinkers for him. Wingtips, a promising stayer in France, made an eye-catching debut over timber at Leopardstown and is certain to have come on for the run while Gentleman Duke has shown a little promise in good-class maidens and can do better but there are several very interesting newcomers engaged including the former Luca Cumani-trained MIDNIGHT OIL, twice a winner in the UK and taken to make a winning start for new connections. Shamar and Shamkhal were both with Alain Royer-Dupre in France and the former had much the better form while Time To Work was a decent handicapper for Andrew Balding.
Appletime (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 7th approaching straight, no extra from over 2f out, 10th of 11, 25l behind Too Scoops (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Dec.
Boss Croaker (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Ww, tr ldrs gng well 3out, ld easily bef last, row, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec beating Streams Of Whiskey (10-11) by 4l, 12 ran.
Captains Dilemma (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on inner, 3rd halfway, weakened approaching straight, 7th of 9, 26l behind Toner D'Oudairies (10-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Dec '10.
Chance A Grand (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, no extra from 3 out, 9th of 15, 34l behind Tackmaster (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Corbally Cross (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 10th halfway, ridden and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 21, 38l behind Monksland (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Dec.
Dara Tango (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, no extra 4 out, tailed off, 12th of 17, well behind Argocat (10-5) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Moyvore Sam (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 19th of 20, well behind Snow Spell (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Treat Yourself (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division best, never a factor, tailed off, 11th of 17, well behind Argocat (10-5) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Waterhouse (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 4th before 4 out, struggling from next, soon no extra and fell 2 out, in a race won by Cash And Go (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo nov hdl sft in Nov, 17 ran.
Annie Alainn (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) In rear, behind from before 4th, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Dressedtothenines (11-1) at Clonmel 2m mrs nov hdl hvy.
Chestnut Kate (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Always behind, 11th of 13, 31l behind Burn And Turn (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Miss Formidable (IRE) 33-1 (8-3) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and no impression before straight, 10th of 12, 20l behind Shisha Threesixty (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan (flat).
Bat Masterson (IRE) 8-11fav (11-0) Well off pace in mid-division, progress 6 out, 3rd approaching straight, no extra when hampered 2 out, 5th of 15, 16l behind Arnaud (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Bulgaden (IRE) 80-1 (11-0) Mid-division best, ridden and no impression 2 out, 15th of 25, 23l behind Darroun (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
Cool Kid 50-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, refused last, in a race won by Chill (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Dec, 15 ran.
Gentleman Duke (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, ridden and some headway entering straight, 12th last, kept on run-in, 8th of 25, 18l behind Darroun (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
Midnight Oil 4-1fav (9-7) Keen in rear, effort on outer when edged right over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind Caravan Rolls On (8-8) at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep (flat).
Military Bowl (USA) 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden in 13th approaching 2 out, no impression in 8th last when mistake, 12th of 25, 22l behind Darroun (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
Red Calima (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, ridden and no extra approaching 2 out, 13th of 25, 23l behind Darroun (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
Shamar (FR) (8-13) 5th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Prince D'alienor (9-4) at Longchamp(FR) 1m con stks gs in Oct (flat).
Shamkhal (FR) (9-2) 4th of 0, 2l behind Golden Mirabelle (8-7) at Vittel(FR) 1m 2f 3yo stk sft in Aug (flat).
Time To Work (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Samsons Son (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Sep (flat).
Wingtips (FR) 40-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway entering straight, ridden into 7th last, kept on same pace, 5th of 25, 13l behind Darroun (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
Magda Lena (GER) (8-8) 6th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Ulieska (8-11) at Nancy(FR) 1m 4f stk gd in Sep (flat).
Tarkeeba (IRE) 100-1 (10-4) Mid-division, weakened before 2 out, 19th of 25, 33l behind Darroun (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.