Aidan O'Brien has much bigger fish to fry over the weekend but he can have some fun over the winter with CARRIGANOG, who was a very impressive winner of a Clonmel maiden and looks destined for better things. Theatre Mill had shown little in his first two starts over timber but it was a different matter at Fairyhouse on his return from a break where he won convincingly. Araku Valley went to Clonmel for his third start over hurdles and produced a real shock. There was no fluke about the victory as he was eased right down and another bold bid is expected.
Araku Valley (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Mid-division, good headway approaching 3 out and led after flight, ridden 2 out, kept on strongly from before last, eased close home, comfortably, won at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft beating Who's That (10-4) by 8l, 17 ran.
Balynaclash Warior (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Mid-division and 8th halfway, blundered 5 out and moderate 10th approaching 3 out, kept on one pace in straight, 8th of 17, 16l behind Tabhachtach (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd.
Theatre Mill (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Made all, not fluent 4th, asserted approaching straight and kept on well from 2 out, ridden out final 100 yards to maintain advantage, won at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl gf beating Bishopslough (11-4) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Carriganog (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Mid-division early, 5th halfway, headway to lead entering straight, ridden 2 out, ran around before last, kept on strongly run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft beating Roman General (11-2) by 5l, 16 ran.
Andreas Pride (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Waited with, closer in 5th before straight, no impression from 3 out, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 17l behind Go Deimhin (11-2) at Cork 2m 4f mares mdn hdl gd in Aug.
The Cookie Jar (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders in 5th, went 4th 4 out, ridden from next, weakened before straight, 6th of 8, 17l behind Cailin Annamh (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hdl sft.