Nina Carberry, who has won this twice in the past four years, was on board Under The Arch when he ran in a strong Limerick bumper won by Hidden Universe in May. This time, however, she takes the ride on Enda Bolger's POCKET READER and the move can be successful. A winner between the flags at Ballingarry in June, he ran very well when just touched off by One Fine Morning over timber at Galway last month and should have enough pace for this. Watchmetal made a fair start to his career at Punchestown though he was a long way behind the winner Staying Article. Charlie Swift didn't disgrace himself in a huge field at Navan in September and will have come on for the experience.
Ahyaknowyerself (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, closer in 6th before straight, 5th 1 1/2f out, kept on under pressure without getting to leaders inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Moymore Lad (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat gf in Oct.
Ample Appeal (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Chd ldrs, ld 4out, jnd 3out & still disp until no ex flat & hdd cl home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind On Trend (11-7) at Kill 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.
Art Music (USA) El Prado gelding out of Loving Pride.
Brick Hill (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Settled 2nd, dropped to 5th 6f out, ridden and no impression from over 3f out, 6th of 9, 28l behind Staying Article (11-9) at Punchestown 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Charlie Swift (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Towards rear, headway on inner entering straight, 6th over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 29, 14l behind Shuil Sheeran (11-2) at Navan 2m N H flat sft in Sep.
Kastani Beach (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Prominent, 3rd from 6f out, in touch when swerved left and ran out early straight, in a race won by Foildearg (10-11) at Roscommon 2m 4yo nhf gf in Sep, 11 ran.
Pocket Reader 6-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th entering straight, kept on well run-in to 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind One Fine Morning (11-8) at Galway 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Steele's Rock (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Mid-division, some headway 3 out, moderate 6th approaching last, kept on, 3rd of 20, 15l behind Smokey Joe Joe (11-3) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Oct.
Tadhg (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Mid-division, not too far off pace when pulled up after 2 out, dismounted, in a race won by Force Of Habit (11-0) at Galway 2m 4yo nov hdl in Jul, 17 ran.
The Scowrogue (IRE) Blueprint gelding out of The Cloosaun.
Under The Arch (USA) 4-1 (11-2) Mid-division, 7th under pressure 4f out, no extra early straight, 7th of 10, 23l behind Hidden Universe (11-6) at Limerick 2m 4yo nhf sft in Apr.
Watchmetail (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Held up, progress into moderate 5th and ridden 3f out, stayed on well from 1 1/2f out to go moderate 2nd well inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 14l behind Staying Article (11-9) at Punchestown 2m N H flat gd in Oct.