led, slight mistake 1st and headed, prominent, on terms from 4th, led again 5th, not fluent 4 out, joined before 3 out, soon headed, no impression from after 2 out, one pace and dropped to 3rd closing stages
Stoughan Cross has won over the course and distance on heavy going and is just 2lb higher than his last winning mark. Final List had some smart hurdles form but has so far run poorly over fences while Persian Wind, who scored over hurdles at Downpatrick in October, is unpredictable. Enduring Love went up 6lb for a surprise victory at Fairyhouse and has been unable to cope but Fairly Legal returned from a break with a good run at Naas and looks likely to get into contention. SHANROE AL C completed a hat-trick over hurdles in the spring and made a successful handicap debut over fences at Tipperary. He was going best when left clear for a very easy victory that day and, though a 16lb rise looks harsh, can complete a five-timer.
Final List (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, dropped to rear of mid-division and mistake 3 out, never a factor, 12th of 14, dist behind Ronald Pump (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hvy in Nov.
Cle En Main (FR) 100-1 (11-12) Waited with, 15th after 4th, not fluent 9th, no impression before next, one pace, 11th of 18, dist behind Carefully Selected (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f sft in Nov.
Fairly Legal (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, slight mistake 6th, 3rd halfway, switched left to close before 2 out, pressed leaders 2 out, soon ridden, under pressure in 4th before last, no extra and kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 12, 8 1/2l behind Fiveaftermidnight (10-7) at Naas 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Persian Wind (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Led and disputed, headed before 5 out, slight mistake 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, at Clonmel 3m hcp sft in Oct.
Shanroe Al C (IRE) 11-8fav (10-2) Mid-division early, 6th from 2nd, closer in 3rd from 8th, travelling smoothly from before straight, on terms before 2 out, left clear from last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp Yielding in Oct beating Glorious Galway (11-10) by 17l, 12 ran.
Stoughan Cross (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Soon chased leaders, pushed along at stages from early, 4th from 5th, reminders after 6th, no impression from 4 out, weakened, tailed off, 10th of 12, dist behind I'm An Izz Wizz (11-9) at Downpatrick 2m 3f hcp Yielding in Jun.
Enduring Love (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Towards rear, 6th halfway, pushed along after 4 out and closer next, soon ridden and left 4th 2 out, no impression approaching last where slightly hampered and left 3rd, no extra, 3rd of 7, 13 1/2l behind Cusp Of Carabelli (11-6) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp sft in Nov.