Willie Mullins' mare Reine Angevine won a couple of minor events quite comfortably but had no answer to her very classy stablemate Pont Alexandre at Navan. Touch The Eden also represents the champion trainer and he wouldn't be running here without good reason though he'll need to improve massively from his maiden success here in November. BRIGHT NEW DAWN is progressing nicely and produced a fine effort when a close second to Champagne Fever in the Grade 1 Deloitte at Leopardstown. It will take a very strong performance to lower his colours in that kind of form though Venture Capital is another very progressive type who gave Inish Island a fright in a Grade 3 at Clonmel and should be suited by this shorter trip. Shrapnel has the edge over Rory O'Moore on their 1-2 at Galway in October but both need to find more.
Bright New Dawn (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd 2 out and ridden to try and challenge approaching last, kept on same pace under pressure but no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Champagne Fever (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) sft.
Rory O'Moore (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Led and soon clear, reduced lead from before 3 out where mistake, soon headed and lost place, kept on again into moderate 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 5, 18l behind So Young (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m hdl G2 (1) hvy.
Seefood (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Held up, 6th halfway, badly hampered 3 out, soon ridden and no extra, 6th of 8, 44l behind Pont Alexandre (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) in Jan.
Shrapnel (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Raced 2nd early, gradually dropped to rear from 3rd, under pressure in last 5 out, no impression from 3 out, 5th of 7, 30l behind Inish Island (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 6f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy.
Touch The Eden (FR) 4-7fav (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, improved to lead after 3 out, ridden clear from 2 out, ran on strongly, eased close home, won at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov beating Raise Hell (11-4) by 8l, 18 ran.
Venture Capital (IRE) 2-1 (11-2) Held up in 6th, headway into 4th 3 out, led entering straight, ridden and joined 2 out, headed last, kept on run-in, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Inish Island (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 6f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy.
Mala Beach (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders on inner, went 2nd 2 out, ridden entering straight, led before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Jan beating Foxrock (11-9) by 4l, 13 ran.
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 2nd from 4th, led 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Glens Melody (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mares Listed nov hdl (1) in Jan.
Reine Angevine (FR) 12-1 (10-13) Chased leaders in 3rd, 4th before straight, no extra from before 2 out, 3rd of 5, well behind Pont Alexandre (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f nov hdl G1 (1) hvy in Dec.