mid-division early, 6th from 4th, closed travelling smoothly straight, soon one pace and no extra when slight mistake last
soon tracked leaders, 4th from 4th, closed up approaching straight, soon on terms, headed between last 2, no extra, one pace
mid-division early, 8th from 4th, closed up when mistake 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from between last 2
chased leaders, 5th from 4th, weakened straight, soon eased
towards rear, headway approaching straight, soon tracked leaders, chased winner and kept on same pace from before last
soon led, inclined to jump right, not fluent 5th and 6th, soon joined, headed before straight, no extra
held up, 11th approaching 4th, improved to track leaders before straight, closed 3 out, on terms next, led travelling smoothly between last 2, stayed on well run-in, easily
held up, 9th approaching 4th, closed straight, no impression when slight mistake last, one pace
mid-division early, 7th approaching 4th, no extra from 3 out
soon prominent, 2nd from 4th, not fluent 6th, on terms approaching straight, headed before 2 out, soon no extra
towards rear, some headway when slight mistake 2 out, soon one pace
towards rear when fell 1st
held up in touch, jumped right 2nd, 7th from 4th, no extra and eased from 3 out
held up, 12th approaching 4th, pushed along 7th, no extra into straight, not fluent 3 out
led early, 3rd from 4th, on terms 6th, headed before straight, soon no extra
Oscar Sam is the only course and distance winner and will be better for a recent run at Thurles while Charlie Stout won a lucrative handicap at Down Royal and was staying on at the finish in an equally tough event at Fairyhouse. She's A Star is closely matched with the latter on their last two runs and has to be respected while HIGHLAND FLING is back over a more suitable distance and the heavy ground will play to his strengths. The latter is handed the vote though Diamond Cauchois has changed stables and reappeared with a fine effort over this trip at Naas so he's another on the shortlist along with The Kings Baby, who has really found her form having completed a double before running well in a Listed contest at Punchestown. Fine Rightly is better known as a chaser but is 16lb lower over timber so is another to consider.
Oscar Sam (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra before next, weakened, 8th of 12, 36l behind Monksland (11-0) at Thurles 2m 7f Yielding in Oct.
Charlie Stout (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Close up and disputed lead, 3rd before straight, kept on same pace from 2 out, 7th of 20, 5 1/4l behind Davids Charm (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp sft in Dec.
Grand Partner (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Rear, 9th after 6th, took closer order in 5th 3 out, soon ridden, no impression, kept on one pace to moderate 4th run-in, 4th of 9, 28 3/4l behind Granny Biddy (10-10) at Cork 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
She's A Star (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Raced in 6th early, effort straight, kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 20, 3 1/4l behind Davids Charm (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp sft in Dec.
Fine Rightly (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway into 3rd 4 out, ridden in 2nd next, dropped to 3rd and slight mistake 2 out, no extra, 3rd of 9, 24l behind Polidam (10-12) at Navan 2m 4f hcp sft in Dec.
Highland Fling (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, no impression when not fluent last, one pace, 9th of 20, 6 3/4l behind Davids Charm (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp sft in Dec.
Diamond Cauchois (FR) 11-4fav (11-2) Mid-division on inner, headway entering straight, ridden in 3rd after 2 out, 2nd at last, no impression on winner run-in and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Oscar Knight (10-6) at Naas 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Drumacoo (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) In rear, mistake 1st, blundered badly and unseated rider 3rd, at Newbury 2m 7f (2) gs in Dec.
Kauto Grand Mogol (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway before 3 out and led briefly approaching straight, ridden and no extra after 2 out, 6th of 14, 20 3/4l behind Folsom Blue (11-1) at Clonmel 3m hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Jimmy Breekie (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Mid-division on outer, 9th 3 out, ridden and headway into 3rd before 2 out, 2nd after 2 out, dropped to 3rd at last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Out Of The Loop (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp sft in Dec.
Racing Pulse (IRE) 5-2fav (10-0) Rear of mid-division, 7th before 8th, 12th before 8th, dropped to rear and detached after 13th, pulled up after 15th, at Cork 3m 4f hcp sft in Nov.
Camelia De Cotte (FR) 7-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, ridden after 3 out, no impression, never a factor, 7th of 14, 11 1/4l behind Out Of The Loop (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp sft in Dec.
Tourboy (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Towards rear, not fluent 1st and 4th, closer in 7th from 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, soon no impression in 5th and pulled up before last, at Kilbeggan 3m 1f Yielding in Jun.
Crosshue Boy (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Held up, mistake 5th where 9th, chased leaders and no impression from before straight, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 14l behind Highland Fling (10-11) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.
The Kings Baby (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Soon raced in 5th, slight mistake 4th, impeded 7th, ridden to chase leaders straight, soon no impression, slight mistake last, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 11 1/2l behind Forge Meadow (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f lst (1) Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Rightdownthemiddle (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, weakened quickly after 4th, trailing in rear when pulled up after 6th, at Navan 2m 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.