MOSCOW MANNON's winning run came to an end in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham but he still finished a creditable fourth. He's clearly the one to beat if taking to hurdles and gets the vote. Killarney bumper winner Aonvarr could go well but the main threat is likely to come from those with experience over timber. Appletime ran well for third at Fairyhouse in October only to disappoint in a handicap at Punchestown last time but Ok Oscar showed little on his hurdling bow. Reafadda's earlier second at Tipperary gives him a shout while The Paparrazi Kid was sent off odds-on favourite for his hurdling debut last month only to finish a well beaten runner-up, though his yard has hit form since.
Aonvarr (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Soon prominent, ridden to challenge and lead from 2f out, clear over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat gd in May beating Cnoc Na Sioga (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Appletime (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to lead before 2 out, mistake 2 out, soon headed, ridden and no extra, 8th of 9, 23l behind Grange (11-8) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Bold Owenie (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Tr ldrs early, dropped to rr and under press from 1/2way, pu 5out, in a race won by Missing The Babe (12-0) at Monksgrange 3m ire ptp gs in Mar, 14 ran.
Bunty Eile (IRE) Great Palm gelding out of Garw Valley.
College Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, moderate 6th entering straight, no extra, 6th of 14, 24l behind Clonbanan Lad (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Moscow Mannon (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with leading trio from over 1f out, 4th of 20, 6l behind Champagne Fever (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Not For Changing (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, moderate 4th 4 out, soon ridden, no impression straight, 7th of 15, well behind Don Cossack (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Oiche Maith (IRE) Indian River gelding out of Keep The Pearl.
Ok Oscar (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, moderate 8th 4 out, kept on one paced from next, 6th of 15, well behind Don Cossack (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Potts Bridge (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Always behind, 13th of 15, well behind Don Cossack (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Reafadda (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Led, joined after 3 out, soon ridden, headed 2 out, soon weakened, dropped to remote 5th run-in, last of 5, 14l behind Seefood (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft in Nov.
The Paparrazi Kid (IRE) 1-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, left moderate 2nd 6 out, ridden and no impression before straight, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 21l behind Dushybeag (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Vinniespride (IRE) 66-1 (10-6) Mid-division on inner, no impression from 4f out, 16th of 25, well behind Texas Jack (11-4) at Punchestown 2m nhf gd in May '11.
Wells China (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Led in at the start, towards rear, some headway from before straight, kept on without threatening, 7th of 15, 24l behind High Desert (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Yippee Kiyay (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 10th after 4 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 11th of 22, 44l behind Champagne Fever (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Geraldine Gold (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders in 5th, some progress 3 out, moderate 3rd after 2 out, no extra from last, 5th of 18, 24l behind Annie Power (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.