It wasn't surprising when Tim's Approach was sent off favourite at Naas in August as he'd made a very promising debut behind Tornado Bob at Cork in May. He's surely better than he showed last time and could be good enough to make amends though ACADEMY ROSE gets the nod. Tom Mullins' mare showed only moderate form in three Punchestown bumpers before an excellent run over timber at Thurles last month and with that under her belt she can revert to this sphere with a victory. Raggletagglegypsy appeared to enjoy stepping up to 2m3f at Limerick last time and may get outpaced here. Schinkel is bred to be useful over jumps and is one to note for the future.
Schinkel (IRE) Subtle Power gelding out of Last Sprite.
Tim's Approach (IRE) 3-1fav (11-11) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway to 2nd 6f out, ridden entering straight, no extra in 3rd 2f out, kept on one pace, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 12, 29l behind Miss Hyland (11-6) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat gd in Aug.
Flying Light (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, moderate 9th halfway, 6th after 4 out, no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 22, 34l behind Zaidpour (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Kastani Beach (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, close 8th halfway, no extra from over 3f out and soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Under The Arch (11-2) at Thurles 2m 4yo nhf sft in Nov.
Marshal Dillon (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden over 4f out, no extra from early straight, 9th of 20, 30l behind House Rules (11-3) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo nhf in Oct.
Raggletagglegypsy (IRE) 2-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, progress 6f out, closed to track leaders over 4f out, under pressure in 4th 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Quaquo De Flotte (12-0) at Limerick 2m 3f N H flat sft in Nov.
Academy Rose (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway to track leaders approaching 3 out, left 2nd next, ridden to challenge approaching last, no extra and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 18, 6l behind Quiet Thought (10-8) at Thurles 2m mares mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Simon Says (IRE) Beneficial mare out of Carrigkem.