Dermot Weld has been in very good form over the holidays and looks to have found an ideal opportunity for RAINFOREST MAGIC to make a winning start over timber. The son of Montjeu didn't have much experience on the Flat but showed enough in big fields at Galway and Leopardstown to suggest he would have a future. Quarton is still a maiden on the Flat after nine starts but looked a better hurdling prospect in a decent maiden won by Mister Carter at Leopardstown on Tuesday. Tinas Exhibition, a very good fourth behind the useful Toner D'Oudairies at Down Royal in November, didn't show that level of form behind Kristal Komet at Clonmel subsequently. Dual Flat winner Femmi Sognare should have come on for her opening run over timber behind Silas Mariner at Punchestown.
Horsewithnoname (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, went 5th entering straight, no impression from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 4l behind Zulu Principle (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo mdn stks pol in Dec (flat).
Madera Drawn (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Never better than mid-division, reminders 4th, soon tailed off, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Kristal Komet (10-9) at Clonmel 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Dec, 15 ran.
Quarton (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, 6th of 15, 8l behind Mister Carter (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Dec.
Rainforest Magic (IRE) 6-1fav (9-7) Chased leaders in 6th, ridden over 3f out, 4th straight, kept on same pace from 1 1/2f out, 6th of 22, 1 1/2l behind Leah Claire (9-10) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp 55-80 gf in Oct (flat).
Whitehead Lad (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) In rear, some headway into moderate 7th after 3 out, slightly hampered next, no impression, 5th of 15, 32l behind Kristal Komet (10-9) at Clonmel 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Cyrus (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, 4th before straight, soon no impression under pressure and kept on same pace, 7th of 16, 22l behind Ainm Spartacus (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Driveheron (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th when short of room and checked 5f out, 3rd and ridden 2 1/2f out, 2nd and challenged straight, led narrowly inside final furlong, edged right close home, just held on, won at Sligo 1m 4f hcp 47-65 in Sep beating Aliwiyya (8-12) by shd, 16 ran (flat).
Dromore Lass (IRE) Revoque filly out of Kinswoman.
Ebony Cat (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Mid-division, progress 4 out, on terms when not fluent 3 out, soon no extra, 12th of 16, 48l behind Ainm Spartacus (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Fammi Sognare (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, moderate 4th halfway, no extra in 5th after 2 out, 5th of 12, 30l behind Silas Mariner (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 3yo hdl in Nov.
Johnston's Best (IRE) King's Theatre filly out of Johnston's Crest.
Tinas Exhibition (IRE) 11-2 (10-2) Tracked leaders, ridden in 5th 4 out, no impression from next, left moderate 4th 2 out, slight mistake last, 4th of 15, 24l behind Kristal Komet (10-9) at Clonmel 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.