Prince Jock and Waydownsouth have both won four times on the Flat and have similar ratings while Bell Weir has progressed really well in bumpers scoring comfortably at Cork three weeks ago. Back Off Mate showed the benefit of his opening run over timber with a fine effort at Limerick where he only ran out of steam from the last. Old Pride made a very promising debut behind the top-class Jezki in a Leopardstown bumper last March and is one to note but Willie Mullins has introduced several useful perfumers from France this season and UN BEAU ROMAN looks another. He finished a close runner-up behind Un Beau Matin in a bumper at Lyon just over a year ago and that winner has turned out to be a very decent performer.
Prince Jock (USA) 3-1 (9-2) Soon led, joined approaching straight, soon strongly pressed, headed under 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Fluidity (9-3) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gs in Aug (flat).
Waydownsouth (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Mid-division, ridden into 5th 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on final furlong to 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Heavy Weight (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Nov (flat).
Bell Weir 6-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway in 8th before straight, 5th 3f out, improved to challenge 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Cork 2m N H flat sft in Dec beating Aerlite Supreme (12-0) by 3l, 15 ran.
Bottle Rattler (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Always behind, tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind Ally Cascade (11-7) at Thurles 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Asktheyank (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, no extra 4f out, weakened, completely tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Byerley Babe (11-2) at Thurles 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Fla's Long Shot (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, no extra 5 out and behind when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Captain Canada (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Perfect Focus (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Soon prominent, in front 3rd, soon clear, jumped right 5 out, reduced lead 3 out, soon headed and no extra, 6th of 10, 25l behind Wingtips (11-9) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Softboiledsergeant (IRE) 10-3fav (12-0) Settled towards rear, 7th halfway, headway approaching straight and went 5th 2f out, no impression in 3rd 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Killyglass (11-11) at Wexford 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Vinniespride (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 11th of 16, 46l behind Moscow Mannon (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Zane Grey (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Close 2nd, led 4 out, ridden and headed after 3 out, 4th next, soon no extra, mistake last, 6th of 18, 31l behind Touch The Eden (11-12) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Back Off Mate (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway after 3 out and led next, soon edged right over to rail, strongly pressed and headed last, soon dropped to 3rd and no extra run-in, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Courageous Cry (11-2) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Golden Heron (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Mstke & ur 2nd, in a race won by On The Shannon (11-7) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec, 13 ran.
Old Pride (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Led, strongly pressed and headed 2f out, dropped to 3rd under pressure over 1f out, no extra, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Jezki (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf gd in Mar.
Un Beau Roman (FR) (9-10) 2nd of 10, 3l behind Un Beau Matin (10-1) at Lyon-parilly(FR) 1m 4f 3yo nhf in Nov '11.
Black Spice (IRE) Bishop Of Cashel mare out of Nivalis.