prominent, on terms from 8th, headed approaching 3 out where mistake, challenged and on terms again between last 2, led from last, soon strongly pressed, headed and one pace closing stages
Golden Boot only had two rivals to beat at Gowran in February and was well beaten on his only subsequent start. Better Back Bob was a shock winner of his only start over fences at Downpatrick in October then failed to take advantage of a much lower rating over hurdles. ROLLING ROCKET just failed to get to Effernock Lad at Naas and there's little between them again, though the runner-up was having his first start since April and can gain revenge. Third-placed I Knew Well wasn't beaten far and was also returning from a break but successful point-to-pointer I'm An Izz Wizz has been well beaten in his last two starts under Rules.
Rendezvous Peak 9-4fav (11-12) Held up in 4th, 3rd 4 out, ridden and no impression 3 out, no extra in 4th 2 out and mistake, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 16l behind Kilcarry Bridge (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f gd in Nov.
Deano (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, on terms 6th, headed 2 out, no impression approaching last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 16 1/4l behind Rebel Cry (9-10) at Thurles 2m hcp Yielding in Mar.
Golden Boot (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, pushed along and pecked 3 out, no impression in 4th before next, no extra, last of 5, 20l behind Kylestyle (11-3) at Down Royal 2m 4f sft in Mar.
Better Back Bob (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, pushed along 3 out and no impression in 5th approaching next, kept on run-in, 5th of 17, 8 1/4l behind Wolfslair (11-8) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp gd in Nov.
Rolling Rocket (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division, closer in 5th 3 out, ridden and went 2nd 2 out, disputed lead approaching last, headed run-in, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Effernock Lad (10-11) at Naas 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.
Donnellan (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, pushed along and no impression in 7th approaching 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 11, 32 3/4l behind Nambour (11-12) at Galway 2m 7f Yielding in Oct.
Fergiethelegend (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Prominent, tracked leader, 4th halfway, ridden and lost place after 4 out, soon in rear, no extra, 14th of 16, dist behind The Jazz Singer (11-0) at Navan 2m 7f hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.
I Knew Well (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Towards rear, 9th 3 out, headway entering straight, pushed along in 5th 2 out, went 3rd at last, kept on, 3rd of 13, 3 3/4l behind Effernock Lad (10-11) at Naas 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.
Effernock Lad (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, headway to lead after 3 out, soon ridden, joined approaching last, regained lead run-in and kept on close home, won at Naas 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov beating Rolling Rocket (11-7) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
The Shepherd King (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Prominent, disputed lead from 3rd, headed and ridden after 3 out, weakened, 11th of 13, dist behind Effernock Lad (10-11) at Naas 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.
I'm An Izz Wizz (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Close up early, soon tracked leaders, slow jump 5th, mistake 3 out, soon no extra, 4th of 11, dist behind Blessed King (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 7f mdn gd in Jul.
Notimetoserve (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Prominent, on terms briefly from 6th, soon headed, pushed along 4 out, soon lost place and no impression, no extra and jumped right last 2, 7th of 9, dist behind Samanntom (11-7) at Tipperary 2m 1f hcp Yielding - Soft in Oct.
Blackwater Bridge (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Mid-division, 8th 3 out, soon pushed along, no impression from 2 out, 5th of 13, 7 1/2l behind Effernock Lad (10-11) at Naas 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.