MITCHOUKA is penalised for his two very easy victories and he's since been placed twice at graded level behind the classy Espoir D'Allen, form that should prove good enough for this. He easily holds Mastermind in the latter of those runs at Leopardstown and Pronounced on an earlier run at Punchestown but his stable companion Veneer Of Charm made a very encouraging start on testing ground at Punchestown when defying inexperience to beat what looked a decent field of maidens. He'll need to improve again but has every chance of doing so.
Mitchouka (FR) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, soon 3rd, challenged in 2nd approaching last, kept on same pace run-in and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Espoir D'allen (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m (1) Yielding in Dec.
Mastermind (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) In rear, slight mistake 2 out, soon one pace under pressure, 6th of 7, 12l behind Espoir D'allen (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m (1) Yielding in Dec.
Pronounced (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and no impression 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 11th of 14, 8 1/4l behind Teo's Music (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Nov.
Veneer Of Charm (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Towards rear, some headway before 2 out, pushed along and progress to challenge last, soon led, ridden and kept on well run-in, won at Punchestown 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Dec beating Les Arceaux (11-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Alohamora (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 7 1/2l behind Shake The Bucket (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Nov.