Willie Mullins introduces another potentially useful ex-French performer in COQUIN MANS, who made a successful debut in a bumper in May of last year. He looks to have been found a reasonable opportunity to make a winning start for new connections. Nanny Stone is progressing fast and had a subsequent winner behind when runner-up to Sutton Manor at Wexford so she should be in the shake-up while that winner's trainer Gordon Elliott is represented by Calin Des Ongrais, who hasn't quite made the expected progress after a good run at Navan. Athloman Cottage is well exposed but could prove best of the remainder.
Coquin Mans (FR) (10-1) won at Paray-Le-Monial 1m 4f sft in Mar
Bulls Head (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Rcd 2nd, lft in ld 5th, mstk 7th, 2l adv 6out & mstk 4out, hdd 2out, sn no ch with 1st 2, ko onepcd, 3rd of 9, 6 1/2l behind One Forty Seven (11-10) at Dawstown 3m mdn in May.
Calin Des Ongrais (FR) 10-3 (11-2) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, ridden and dropped to 5th 2 out, no extra, 6th of 12, 18 1/2l behind Aretesone (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn gd in Oct.
Cloudybackwest (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Pearlsforthegirls.
Gatacre Street Lucarno gelding out of Sherry Darling.
Grandads Choice 50-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden and no impression before straight, soon no extra, 12th of 18, 30 3/4l behind Riven Light (11-7) at Thurles 2m mdn Yielding in Dec.
Indian Monsoon (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division, slight mistake 2nd, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression 3 out, soon no extra, 10th of 14, 23 3/4l behind Cadeau Du Bresil (11-4) at Limerick 2m mdn Yielding in Dec.
Iusetaluvheronce (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and no impression after 3 out, 9th of 14, 21 1/2l behind Cadeau Du Bresil (11-4) at Limerick 2m mdn Yielding in Dec.
Leah's Little Star (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 20th of 24, dist behind Peace News (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Mon Lino (FR) 33-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, pushed along in moderate 8th 3 out, no impression, 8th of 30, 29 3/4l behind Brelade (11-9) at Navan 2m mdn Yielding - Soft in Nov.
Ocean Explorer (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Led, ran freely and carried head awkwardly, headed 3 1/2f out, soon ridden, no extra in 4th 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, dist behind Hardline (11-11) at Thurles 2m gd in Nov.
Surf Instructor (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up, 9th from 3rd, no extra 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Gowran Park 2m Good - Yielding in Nov.
Whitango (IRE) Whitmore's Conn gelding out of Fairy Tango.
Athloman Cottage (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden in 5th after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, no impression, 6th of 14, 16 1/4l behind Forge Meadow (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Nanny Stone (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 4 out, went 4th after next, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression on winner before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 14, 5 1/2l behind Sutton Manor (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Princess Mahler (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on inner, 6th halfway, pushed along and no impression approaching straight, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 16, 12l behind Jelan (11-5) at Galway 2m fll Yielding in Oct.