RAISE HELL hardly looks a typical Willie Mullins bumper type having run out on his debut between the flags but someone has obviously seen something in him subsequently and in the absence of any likely looking opposition he's given the vote, Royal Vic appeared to find 2m2f on testing ground too much for him at Limerick and should do better while Royal Sam, who fell on his point-to-point debut when going strongly before scoring at Sligo Points, could make his presence felt. Caballo De Marcus and Golden Firth should both have come on for their debuts though the market could provide the best guide to the event.
Bigfellatrix (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mid div, wknd to rr by 7th, mstk 8th, sn pu, in a race won by Only Witness (12-0) at Lingstown 3m ire ptp sft in Nov '10, 12 ran.
Royal Sam (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Ww, cl up aftr 4out, eff aftr 2out, ld last, qknd well, won at Sligo 3m ire ptp gf in May '10 beating Survival (12-0) by 5l, 12 ran.
Caballo De Marcus (USA) 12-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway to track leaders approaching straight, no impression in 8th 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 20l behind Venture Capital (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec.
Clar Na Mionn (IRE) Witness Box gelding out of Playtime Girl.
Jock Wilkinson (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Pr & ld, disp 4out, ev ch 2out, not go with wnr last but kow, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Howaboutnow (11-7) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp sft in Oct.
Raise Hell (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Ld/disp until ld when fell 6th, in a race won by Merry King (11-7) at Lismore 3m ire ptp gs in Mar, 9 ran.
Royal Vic (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Waited with towards rear, travelling well and good progress from 4f out, soon on terms, led over 2f out, headed and no impression from 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 12l behind Pride Ofthe Parish (12-0) at Limerick 2m 2f N H flat hvy in Dec.
Golden Firth (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, 4th 5f out, ridden in 5th 3f out, no impression in 4th 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 19l behind Mount Colah (11-7) at Down Royal 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
It Could Be Worse (IRE) Revoque mare out of Beaufort Lady.
Kaylas Charm (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Towards rear, closer in moderate 10th approaching 4f out, soon no impression, 9th of 18, 49l behind Hidden Identity (11-9) at Limerick 2m mrs nh flat hvy in Dec.