Noble Endeavor gained a shock victory in a Leopardstown bumper before a fair effort on his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse. Bless N' Ject was attempting to concede 11lb to Pairofbrowneyes when beaten a neck at Fairyhouse but has a penalty for a bumper success almost three years ago. RED FLIGHT had Spa Hill nine lengths behind when they occupied the places in the race won by Gambling Girl at Gowran in October. The latter has made the greater progress but the former should again have his measure on the same terms and her light weight is a bonus in these conditions so she's given the nod.
Bless N'ject (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Mid-division, pushed along in 7th entering straight and progress into 3rd before last, under pressure and kept on well run-in, not reach winner, 2nd of 16, nk behind Pairofbrowneyes (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jan.
Noble Endeavor (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, soon ridden, 4th next, no impression before last, 4th of 22, 10l behind Waxies Dargle (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Spa Hill (IRE) 13-2 (11-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th and slight mistake 3 out, moderate 5th entering straight, stayed on into 3rd last, kept on run-in to 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 20, 8l behind Champagne James (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl.
Above The Ground (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Led, headed 5 out, weakened before 2 out, 14th of 17, well behind Mister Nibbles (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Fiscal Nomad (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Towards rear, ridden and some progress approaching straight, 10th before 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 18, 30l behind Don Poli (11-1) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Jan.
Garri Rua (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders, 5th halfway, led before straight, headed 2f out, soon no impression in 3rd, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Killultagh Vic (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat sft in Jan.
Rue Hill (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, slight mistake 4th, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th and no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, well behind Indian File (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Samanntom (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Soon led, extended advantage 6th and 12 lengths clear 5 out, reduced lead next and soon headed, under pressure and no extra in 5th after 3 out, remote 7th when blundered last, 9th of 18, well behind Urano (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Thoonavolla (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Led, headed after 1st, 2nd halfway, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 14th of 20, 37l behind The Winkler (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Upstager (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders, closer in 5th approaching straight, not fluent 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 23, 24l behind Aklan (11-10) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Tides Out (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Red Bit.
Ttebbob (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) In rear, never a factor, ridden and kept on one pace in straight,, 12th of 16, 19l behind Noble Endeavor (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec.
Vision Du Coeur (FR) 11-4 (11-13) Held up, 5th halfway, ridden into 2nd entering straight, no extra in 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 7l behind Hairy O'malley (11-10) at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy.
Mrs Mcquaid (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Alw twrds rr, pu 6out, in a race won by The Bomber Ryan (11-6) at Ballinaboola 3m ire ptp sft in Jan, 12 ran.
Red Flight (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Led, a little awkward 2nd,still in front approaching straight, headed when bad peck 2 out, soon no extra, 8th of 16, 16l behind Art Of Payroll (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Oct.