KOREAN was one of the busiest horses in training last year with 19 runs. His one success came over timber at Thurles in November but he had two chasing victories to his credit in France and looks on a fair enough mark to take this. Gentleman Jim wore blinkers for the first time at Punchestown a fortnight ago and they certainly had the desired effect, though he's suffered in the weights as a consequence with a 9lb rise. Gold Cygnet has more scope than most of these and produced a very good effort when runner-up to Waltzing Tornado at Tramore, only his third start over fences. It's a surprise to see Burnt Oil Babe racing over the minimum trip as she's been going really well over much further and may struggle to go the pace.
Flag Of Honour (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Always in rear, blundered and unseated rider 5 out, in a race won by Gentleman Jim (10-8) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Dec, 5 ran.
Gold Cygnet (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Close up in 2nd, disputed lead travelling well 3 out, led approaching 2 out where not fluent, headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Waltzing Tornado (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase hvy.
Splurge (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Led, strongly pressed and joined 3 out, headed after 2 out, soon no extra under pressure, weakened, 7th of 8, 26l behind Jumbo Rio (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Dec.
Burnt Oil Babe (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) Held up, headway into 9th halfway, good progress after 5 out to dispute 3 out, led travelling best next, ridden approaching last, headed run-in and no extra under pressure, 2nd of 17, 3l behind Betheholygobbs (10-13) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 sft.
Code Of The West (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up, moderate 8th halfway, no impression from 4 out, 7th of 11, 17l behind Waltzing Tornado (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase hvy.
Benbradagh (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Disputed lead clear of remainder, reduced lead 5 out, headed after 3 out, soon dropped to 4th and eased, jumped left last 2, 4th of 7, well behind Information (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 gf in Oct.
Gentleman Jim (IRE) 10-3 (10-8) Made all, jumped well, clear from 3rd, extended advantage after 3 out, steadied approaching last, kept on well, easily, won at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Dec beating Second Glance (11-12) by 15l, 5 ran.
Fiery Oscar (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 7th 4 out, ridden in moderate 5th after 3 out, no impression, 4th of 10, 15l behind Drive On Jim (10-4) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-109 in Dec.
Melchizedek (IRE) 9-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 16, 9l behind Ephorus (11-9) at Limerick 2m 2f Handicap Hurdle (80-102) (3yo+) in Dec.
Wicklow Lad 7-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, 3rd 4 out, soon ridden, no impression before straight, 5th of 10, 22l behind Drive On Jim (10-4) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-109 in Dec.
Korean (FR) 9-2 (11-10) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd halfway, closer 4 out, 2nd entering straight, soon no impression on winner, kept on one pace, 2nd of 12, 8l behind Koshere King (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Matchbook (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 9th halfway, went 5th entering straight, no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 21, 13l behind Arguidos (11-0) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Oct.
Rakamasi 6-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway in 5th 5 out, ridden next, no extra in 6th 3 out, weakened, 8th of 10, well behind Tiernan's Terror (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Dec.
Some Legend (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and slight mistake 3 out, soon no extra and kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 42l behind Tiernan's Terror (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Dec.