ANDY DUFRESNE has hardly been out of a canter to win a point, a bumper and a maiden hurdle over the course and distance. He takes on better company here but has to be followed until beaten. His stable companion Conflated tackles a new trip after beating a huge field of maidens in good style at Fairyhouse but will need to step up a gear but Latest Exhibition beat a decent sort at Galway on his hurdling debut before running into the very smart Abacadbras in a Group 3 here. Dual bumper winner Sixshooter made a successful hurdling debut at Punchestown but didn't appreciate front-running on heavy ground at Gowran.
Andy Dufresne (IRE) 9-10fav (11-12) Disputed lead early, led from 3rd and made rest, slight mistake 5th, went clear travelling well from 2 out, stayed on strongly run-in, impressive, won at Navan 2m 4f mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov beating Cobbler's Way (11-12) by 11l, 18 ran.
Conflated (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Raced in 9th early, good progress to lead between last 2, jumped slightly left last, stayed on well to assert run-in, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m mdn sft in Nov beating January Jets (11-12) by 5l, 25 ran.
Latest Exhibition (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Held up behind leaders disputing 4th, in touch in last at halfway, progress 3 out, disputed lead approaching next, ridden before last, not fluent at last and headed, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Abacadabras (11-1) at Navan 2m (1) Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Sixshooter (IRE) 11-8 (11-9) Led, slight mistake 3rd and headed, disputed 2nd when mistakes 5th and 6th, disputed lead before 3 out, ridden and strongly pressed 2 out, headed before last, 3rd and mistake at last, no impression, 3rd of 7, 7 3/4l behind Franco De Port (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m hvy in Nov.