DARROUN fell on his chasing bow and made mistakes on his only subsequent start but was getting the hang of things when the race was all over and looks ready to gain his first success over fences. Jimmy The Hat scored over hurdles at Perth recently and his pedigree suggests he'll do better over fences, a remark that also applies to Carhue, who didn't get far on his chasing bow at Listowel, the race where Reafadda was well beaten. The latter ran much better behind Rattan at Downpatrick subsequently and could provide the main threat.
Arnima (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Mistake 1st, prominent, not fluent 5 out, soon lost place and no impression, 11th of 14, well behind Alexander Leaving (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f beg chs gd in Sep.
Blue Vic (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, never a factor, completely tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Alexander Leaving (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f beg chs gd in Sep.
Carhue (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) A bit slow 3rd, bad mistake and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Minella For Value (11-12) at Listowel 2m 4f beg chs in Sep, 16 ran.
Dark Vagabond (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along before straight, ridden in close 4th 3 out, stayed on to 2nd last where rider lost irons, kept on same pace run-in, no impression winner, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Dont Tell De Purty (9-7) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Apr.
Jimmy The Hat (IRE) Evensfav (11-4) Tracked leaders, in rear from 3rd but in touch, blundered 8th, rallied in 3rd 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 4, 13l behind Emily's Flyer (10-5) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Sep.
Reafadda (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) 4th of 10, 6l behind Rattan (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chase gd in Sep.
Rising Altitude (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Soon tracked leaders, lost place approaching 3 out, soon no extra, 7th of 11, 49l behind Street Runner (10-5) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Aug.
Darroun (IRE) 7-4 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not great at the 6th and niggled along into next, slight mistake last, no impression under pressure in 5th from before straight, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 8l behind Rockshandy (11-5) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs gd in Sep.
Harangue (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 4 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Blackwell Synergy (11-4) at Listowel 3m hcp hdl sft in Sep, 17 ran.