AP McCoy takes the ride on COLLEGE BOY and his mount is taken to follow up last month's victory at Fairyhouse where he won much more easily than the official margin suggests. Good As Gold is still a maiden but should be winning soon and this looks her trip as she finished runner-up at Naas last month. Akinspirit has returned after a break to run well but Director's Forum could have done without an 8lb rise for narrowly beating Hop In at Punchestown. Mireya looks the biggest threat as she beat a decent type in a maiden at Listowel and showed herself in very good heart by scoring on the Flat at Galway in October.
Blacklough (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, 5th after 3 out, dropped to moderate 6th and no extra from before straight, eased, 6th of 8, 43l behind Nearly Nama'd (10-10) at Galway 2m hcp hdl hvy in Oct.
Balnagon Boy (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, hampered 5 out, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 17th of 22, well behind Acapulco (11-4) at Punchestown 3m hvy in Apr.
All The Aces (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Led in at the start, raced in 3rd, dropped to last before 6th, trailing 4 out, left poor 3rd from last, 3rd of 4, 30l behind Ally Cascade (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft in Nov.
Courtly Conduct (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 5th, some headway approaching straight and pushed along in 4th after 2 out, no impression on winner in 3rd at last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 6l behind City Slicker (10-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 in Nov.
Akinspirit (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Soon behind in rear, trailing from before 4th, pushed along before straight, no impression, last of 4, 41l behind Upsie (11-9) at Cork 2m hdl in Nov.
Casimir Road (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 10th early, dropped behind from before straight, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Hurricane Ridge (11-3) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Oct.
College Boy (IRE) 7-2fav (11-7) Waited with, 9th early, closer in 6th before straight, soon 3rd, challenged travelling well before last where on terms where not entirely fluent, soon led and pushed out to assert closing stages, won at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov beating Bahati Boy (11-6) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Glen Beg (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, jumped left, not fluent 4th, not fluent 4 out and soon pushed along, 6th approaching straight, soon no impression, 7th of 16, 28l behind Dick Dundee (10-10) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Director's Forum (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Mid-division, headway from 3 out, improved to lead travelling well entering straight, ridden from last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov beating Hop In (11-6) by 1l, 13 ran.
Mireya (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, closer in 3rd 3 out, ridden to dispute lead briefly entering straight, 2nd before 2 out, dropped to 3rd at last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Courtncatcher (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 sft in Oct.
Good As Gold 7-2fav (11-7) Held up, soon towards rear, slightly hampered 3rd, closed from 4 out, 5th approaching straight, challenged and on terms 2 out, soon headed and no impression in 4th from before last, 4th of 13, 11l behind Emily Gray (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m 4f in Nov.
Speed Dial 33-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, moderate 8th early straight, kept on one pace,, 7th of 12, 17l behind Sitcom (11-5) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs gd in Nov.
Kilmainham (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Mid-division early, towards rear halfway, ridden and no extra before 3 out, 10th of 15, 32l behind Sullane Chief (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116.
Hop In (IRE) 2-1fav (11-6) Disputed lead, ridden and strongly pressed from 3 out, headed entering straight, rallied and kept on well under pressure from last, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Director's Forum (11-7) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Wells China (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, improved into straight, 2nd before 2 out, challenged and on terms last, soon gained narrow lead, kept on same pace and headed near finish,, 2nd of 15, hd behind Afatcat (10-11) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-102.
Westerners Son (IRE) 17-2 (9-11) Chased clear leaders, closer in mid-division halfway, no extra from 3 out, 14th of 18, 23l behind Spacious Sky (10-2) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.