URANO was a short-priced favourite over this course and distance last month and on the heels of the leading pair approaching the last when slipping up. He hasn't had much luck throughout his career but this looks another great chance to get off the mark. Stoney has been quite highly tried and may have a bit more to give in first-time blinkers while winning pointer Sizing Coal was sent off favourite on his hurdling debut at Down Royal and showed some promise. Halls Bridge and Fair Funny have also hinted at ability and Company Coming is certainly worth monitoring for future reference.
Agent James (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, moderate 4th from 7 out, no extra 3 out, pulled up before 2 out,, in a race won by Captainofthefleet (11-12) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Urano (FR) 11-8fav (11-12) Settled in mid-division, progress approaching straight and 5th 2 out, close 4th when clipped heels and slipped up approaching last,, in a race won by Thunder And Roses (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Dec, 18 ran.
Alwasey (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Held up, 10th after halfway, no danger approaching straight, 6th of 11, well behind No More Heroes (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec.
Company Coming (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Rcd 3rd, disp 6out, cl 3rd 4out, disp 3out, rddn in 3rd 2out, sn cl 2nd & ev ch when outjumped last, sn no ex, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Rocky Stone (12-0) at Inch 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Dan's Rolls (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) In rear, no impression from 3 out, some late progress from last, 10th of 17, 26l behind Festive Felon (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Fiscal Nomad (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Mid-division, 7th approaching straight, no impression approaching last where left moderate 4th, kept on one pace,, 4th of 18, 16l behind Thunder And Roses (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Gowanauthat (IRE) 6-4 (12-2) Twrds rr of mid div, 9th 6out, wknd aftr 4out, to when pu bef 2out, in a race won by The Horsechesnut (12-2) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec, 13 ran.
Halls Bridge (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 5th from 3 out, no impression and hampered 2 out, kept on one pace,, 4th of 12, 8l behind Gort An Chnoic (10-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f gd in Dec.
Knockrea (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Mid-division, progress to go 2nd 4 out, ridden in 4th 2 out and no impression before last where left moderate 5th, kept on one pace,, 5th of 18, 21l behind Thunder And Roses (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Samanntom (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Led or disputed lead with rival and soon clear of remainder, headed after 5f but remained prominent until losing place after halfway, soon weakened, completely tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Racing Pulse (11-10) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct.
Silver Tara 33-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace straight, 4th close home, 4th of 7, 27l behind Shanahan's Turn (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Sizing Coal (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, squeezed for room approaching 2 out and lost place, kept on into 4th approaching last where not fluent, no impression run-in, 4th of 11, 12l behind Doesheeverstop (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 6f mdn hdl in Nov.
Stoney (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to lead briefly 2 out, soon headed, no extra in 4th before last, kept on one pace, lost 4th close home, 5th of 7, 27l behind Shanahan's Turn (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
The Grey Guy (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 4th from 7th, ld/disp 4out until hdd brfly 2out, sn ld again & 2l adv gng best bef lat, sow, won at Kilworth 3m ire ptp in Mar beating Saddlers Job (12-0) by 2l, 13 ran.
Contadina (IRE) 50-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, under pressure in 4th approaching straight, soon no extra, 7th of 17, 42l behind Horendus Hulabaloo (11-8) at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Fair Funny (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Close up and soon disputed lead, led 4 out, attempted to assert before 2 out, headed approaching last where dropped to 3rd, kept on same pace run-in,, 3rd of 18, 3 1/2l behind Romantic Fashion (11-7) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Inarticulate (IRE) 2-1 (11-11) Chsd ldrs until 2nd from 6th, 4l 2nd aftr 6out, chall when outjumped 3out, ld aftr 3out, sl adv last, just held on, won at Boulta 3m ire ptp gd in Nov beating For Gortnatona (11-11) by hd, 11 ran.
Without Wings (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Mid-division best, ridden in moderate 10th 3 out, no impression, 10th of 18, 41l behind Man With Van (11-1) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Run With The Tide (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, some progress into 11th 3 out, ridden and no impression from next, 13th of 17, 33l behind Festive Felon (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.