Popcorn made a very impressive chasing debut when beating Rathlin by just over five lengths at Thurles and looks a bright prospect. However, JIM WILL FIX IT also beat Rathlin by a similar margin when runner-up to the potentially top-class Bishopsfurze on the same track and with a 6lb pull should just about come out on top here. This is by no means a two-horse contest as Foildubh has come up against some classy opposition so far over fences and ran well in a Grade 2 at Punchestown last time. Headford Flyer should do best of the remainder.
Popcorn (FR) 11-4 (11-12) Always prominent, led briefly from 6th until after 7th, regained lead approaching 4 out, joined 2 out, led narrowly last and driven out to assert run-in, won at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs sft in Nov beating Rathlin (11-12) by 6l, 16 ran.
Foildubh (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Chased leaders early, 6th halfway, headway into 4th after 5 out, 3rd 4 out, ridden in 4th and slight mistake 3 out, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Days Hotel (11-4) at Punchestown 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) sft in Nov.
Headford Flyer (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Towards rear, closed to chase leaders from 5 out, ridden to challenge in 2nd 2 out, struggling when slight mistake last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 18, 3 1/2l behind Call The Police (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f beg chs sft in Nov.
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Led early, 2nd halfway, no extra in 5th after 4 out, weakened, poor 4th after 2 out, 4th of 6, well behind Bog Warrior (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft.
Jim Will Fix It (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Led and disputed, narrow leader approaching 4 out, pressed and jumped badly right 2 out, just headed when awkward jump last, on terms and every chance run-in, no extra and kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Bishopsfurze (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Fearnwood Girl (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no impression 5 out, kept on one pace, fell last, remounted to finish completely tailed off, 16th of 18, well behind Bog Warrior (11-12) at Navan 2m beg chs in Nov.