Lagostovegas did very well when runner-up to a couple of useful types on her opening runs over hurdles but didn't appear to appreciate the very testing ground when third to Ivanovich Gorbatov at Leopardstown. With the ground again riding heavy and a stiff track to contend with she may not be able to cope with that winner's stable companion BEST KEPT SECRET. A low-class handicapper on the Flat, Aidan O'Brien's charge made an excellent start over timber on heavy ground at Punchestown where he had his much better fancied stablemate King Of Aragon behind and looks like making a much better hurdler. Newberry New and Ainslie were a long way behind in that event and the former Italian Flat winner Authorized Cadeaux looks best of Gordon Elliott's trio but Vocal Heir has yet to encounter this sort of ground.
Ainslie (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mistake 1st, towards rear for most, poor 12th entering straight, tailed off, 10th of 18, dist behind Ivanovich Gorbatov (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hvy in Dec.
Authorized Cadeaux Authorized colt out of Nord's Cadeaux.
Best Kept Secret (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, improved to dispute lead on inner 2 out, led and ridden entering straight, joined at last, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Jazz Ranger (11-0) at Punchestown 2m mdn (1) hvy in Dec.
Boost Buddy (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden towards rear 3 out, no extra and weakened, tailed off, 13th of 18, dist behind Ivanovich Gorbatov (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hvy in Dec.
Buonarotti Boy (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside 4f out, soon pushed along, outpaced 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, 7th of 12, 14 3/4l behind Bess Of Hardwick (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Free State 50-1 (9-5) Led, ridden entering straight, headed 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 14, 7l behind Rock On Rosie (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn pol in Jan.
Indian Monsoon (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 8, 9 3/4l behind Ladurelli (9-5) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
King Of Aragon (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders and took keen hold, mistakes 3rd and 5th, ridden in 3rd 2 out, no impression in 3rd when bad mistake at last, soon dropped to 4th, 4th of 10, 12l behind Jazz Ranger (11-0) at Punchestown 2m mdn (1) hvy in Dec.
Newberry New (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Led and 5-lengths clear for most, slight mistake 2nd, reduced advantage 2 out, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra before last, 6th of 18, 19 1/2l behind Ivanovich Gorbatov (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hvy in Dec.
Rock Lobster 33-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, moderate 11th after 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 11th of 18, dist behind Ivanovich Gorbatov (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hvy in Dec.
Tiger Moon (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Mid-division, moderate 6th and no impression under pressure approaching straight, not fluent 2 out, no extra, 5th of 10, dist behind Tocororo (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hvy in Jan.
Azamesse (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight, soon no extra and in rear 2f out, eased final furlong, tailed off, last of 9, 33 3/4l behind Taglietelle (9-10) at Dundalk 2m hcp pol in Nov.
Krissy's Kisses (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Led early, headed after 3rd, mistake 4 out, dropped to 6th next, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 10, 26 1/2l behind Jazz Ranger (11-0) at Punchestown 2m mdn (1) hvy in Dec.
Lagostovegas (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Soon chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden entering straight, kept on into 3rd before last, no impression on leaders, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 9 1/4l behind Ivanovich Gorbatov (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hvy in Dec.
Sarah Joyce (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Towards rear, pushed along and some progress over 3f out, no impression in 7th over 1f out, no extra, 6th of 10, 18 3/4l behind Pullman Brown (9-3) at Gowran Park 1m 1f Yielding in Sep.
Vocal Heir (IRE) 11-2 (10-5) Chased leaders, moderate 2nd halfway, closed before 3 out, joined leader and left in lead 2 out, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra in 2nd and slight mistake last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 7 1/2l behind Sports Barrow (10-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn gd in Oct.