Il Fenomeno, a Grade 3 winner on the Flat in France, will relish the conditions and showed class and battling qualities to hold off stablemate Dylan Ross in a Navan Grade 3. He'll improve again but will need to in this higher class. Miss Nomer also won a Grade 3 last time when comprehensively landing a mares' event at Down Royal with the odds-on Dazzling Suzie, who set off like a scalded cat and was soon done with, well beaten. Sous Les Sioux looks a potentially useful staying type and had no problems landing a maiden over 2m4f here last month. He can take care of stablemate Midnight Game but it's GALILEO'S CHOICE who gets the vote as he beat Drumfire on his hurdling debut at Galway and had his sights set on the Melbourne Cup subsequently. He didn't get to Australia but he's very highly regarded and could well turn out to be something special.
Galileo's Choice (IRE) 4-6fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to 2nd after 3 out, challenged 2 out, ridden to narrow lead approaching last, kept on run-in, all out close home, won at Galway 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul beating Drumfire (11-12) by nk, 11 ran.
Il Fenomeno (ITY) 13-8fav (11-1) Chased leader in 2nd, close up 3 out, improved to narrow lead 2 out, soon ridden and kept on well from before last, asserted run-in, won at Navan 2m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) in Nov beating Dylan Ross (11-1) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Sous Les Cieux (FR) 3-10fav (11-12) Settled mid-division, 9th halfway, headway into 4th 3 out, challenged 2 out and soon led, clear before last, not extended, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov beating Rourke's Cross (11-12) by 7l, 13 ran.
Midnight Game 6-5fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, smooth headway into 2nd 2 out, soon challenged, under pressure when hampered after last, led briefly, headed and no impression closing stages, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Corbally Ghost (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Dazzling Susie (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression before straight, moderate 9th last, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 14l behind Dare To Doubt (11-7) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Nov.
Miss Nomer (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Chased clear leader, 4th halfway, close 3rd before 3 out, headway to lead after 2 out, soon asserted and kept on well run-in, won at Down Royal 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) sft in Nov beating Noras Fancy (11-0) by 4l, 6 ran.