chased leader in 2nd, dropped to 3rd from halfway, ridden in 4th from 3 out and soon no extra, kept on same pace from next
chased leaders, not fluent 4th, 4th from halfway, went 3rd from 4 out and ridden after next, no impression and kept on same pace from before last
mid-division, not fluent 4th, improved into 2nd from halfway, not fluent 4 out and ridden from next, no impression and kept on same pace from before last where jumped slightly left
towards rear and 7th from halfway, dropped to rear and ridden before 4 out, soon no extra, tailed off
mid-division, bad mistake 3rd and soon dropped towards rear, pulled up after 5th
mid-division, not fluent 2nd, 6th from halfway, pushed along in 5th from 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next
mid-division and 5th from halfway, dropped towards rear and ridden in 7th from 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next
towards rear and in rear from halfway, pushed along in 6th from 4 out and no impression from next
led and soon clear, mistake 3rd, reduced advantage before 4 out, soon went on again and clear before 2 out, kept on well run-in, easily
MOONBALL can take this as he won a Tramore handicap over hurdles in August and very nearly made a successful chasing bow here a fortnight ago, just caught in the closing stages by Ard Na Carraig. He's only four and has plenty of scope while Famous Day beat a huge field in a Navan handicap over hurdles last month and makes her debut over fences. Ashjan was also making his chasing debut when fourth in Moonball's race here and looks certain to improve but Joseph O'Brien complicates matters with three entries. Ballybrowney Jack just failed to hold off Georges Conn at Sligo and should be winning soon while Border Control should be capable of improving on a moderate debut over the bigger obstacles at Listowel. Touch Base won over hurdles here in the summer and his pedigree suggests he'll make a chaser.
All Good Things (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Towards rear, some headway and kept on without threatening straight, 8th of 12, 13l behind Fred The Foot (11-10) at Clonmel 3m hcp Good - Yielding in Sep.
Ashjan 8-1 (11-12) Mid-division and 7th from halfway, pushed along from 4 out and some progress on outer, 6th before 2 out and ridden in 4th before next, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Ard Na Carraig (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 1f gd in Sep.
Ballybrowney Jack (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on outer, 5th 3 out, went 3rd next, soon ridden, disputed lead at last, headed narrowly inside final furlong, kept on close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Georges Conn (11-12) at Sligo 2m 5f gd in Sep.
Black Label 9-1 (9-7) Dwelt and towards rear, ridden 3f out, stayed on into 7th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 5 1/4l behind Schoolboy Error (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Sep.
Border Control (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division early, slight mistake 3rd, not fluent 4th, slight mistake 4 out, no impression when slightly impeded 2 out, kept on without threatening run-in, 6th of 13, 16 1/4l behind Orion D'Aubrelle (11-12) at Listowel 2m 6f sft in Sep.
Punches Cross (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up, 8th from 5th, pushed along and some headway but no impression from 4 out, bad mistake next, not fluent 2 out, one pace, 6th of 9, dist behind Le Richebourg (11-12) at Listowel 2m 1f Yielding - Soft in Sep.
Touch Base (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Mid-division early, no impression from 3 out, not fluent 2 out and no extra, 9th of 14, 36 1/4l behind Vent De La Cote (10-9) at Listowel 3m hcp sft in Sep.
Alice Johnston (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Chased leaders on outer, improved to dispute lead before 4th, headed after 2 out, pushed along and weakened from before last, 6th of 13, 20 1/2l behind Silver Star (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn gd in Sep.
Moonball (FR) 6-1 (10-9) Mid-division and 4th from halfway, improved to dispute lead from 3 out and led before next, pressed and headed before last, ridden run-in and kept on well without matching winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Ard Na Carraig (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 1f gd in Sep.
Famous Day (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Soon chased leaders, 8th at 5th, improved and on terms 2 out, gained narrow lead from last and came close with rival, soon joined, stayed on well to just prevail at the finish, won at Navan 2m 6f hcp gf in Sep beating Brave Love (10-7) by hd, 27 ran.