Winning point-to-pointer Champagne Classic could hardly have been more impressive in a Fairyhouse bumper last month and should do even better over obstacles. Jimmy Breekie had been threatening to win for some time before landing a bumper on this track so he should make a hurdler while dual bumper winner New To This Town will have come on a bundle for last month's run over timber at Gowran. The Rory Story attracted strong support on his bumper debut at Navan and won in the style of a potentially useful performer while Turcagua is another who has already shown enough over hurdles to be given a chance. TOE THE LINE, a Listed winner on the Flat in October, was making her hurdling debut when beaten a short-head by Forge Meadow in a huge field at Wexford and, with that under her belt, can land this much stronger than average maiden.
Ballyadam Oscar (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, mistake 1st and soon mid-division, dropped towards rear halfway, no impression 6 out, 13th of 17, dist behind Noble Emperor (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn Soft - Heavy in Apr.
Champagne Classic (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Held up in rear, closer order 6f out, improved to challenge 2f out, led over 1 1/2f out, asserted over 1f out, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f sft in Nov beating Some Neck (12-0) by 10l, 8 ran.
Close Shave 50-1 (11-12) Mid-division, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 8th of 13, 20 1/4l behind Monalee (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn sft in Nov.
Crehelp (IRE) Milan gelding out of Newhall.
Doldrum Bay (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Not fluent 1st and pushed along, soon mid-division, pushed along again 3 out and no impression, no extra and slight mistake 2 out, 15th of 21, dist behind Three Wise Men (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn Yielding in Mar.
Glenabo Bridge (IRE) 5-1 (12-1) Ld/disp, mstks 4out & 3out, ld aftr 3out, chall frm 2out, sl adv when faster jump last, sow, won at Bandon 3m mdn hvy in Feb beating No Secrets Here (12-1) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Jimmy Breekie (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to challenge 1 1/2f out, disputed over 1f out, asserted final 100 yards, kept on well closing stages, won at Punchestown 2m sft in Nov beating Triolet (12-0) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
King's War (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Towards rear, impeded 3rd where mistake and unseated rider, at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn Yielding in Dec.
Like A Flash (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression after 3 out, 11th of 13, dist behind Aussie Reigns (11-12) at Thurles 2m mdn Yielding in Dec.
New To This Town (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, not always fluent jumping, pushed along from 3 out, no impression and one pace approaching last, 3rd of 11, 12 3/4l behind Invitation Only (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn Good - Yielding in Nov.
Palmabad (FR) 100-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division on outer, fell 6th, at Navan 2m mdn Yielding - Soft in Nov.
Play The Part (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Chased leaders and ran freely, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 3f out, under pressure 2f out, stayed on into 3rd 1f out, ran on well final furlong to lead near line, won at Wexford 2m gd in Oct beating Gleesons Tipp (12-0) by hd, 5 ran.
Playbook (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 7th after 3rd, slight mistake 3 out, disputed 5th at last and no impression, one pace, 5th of 30, 13 3/4l behind Our Boy Boru (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn Yielding in Sep.
The Rory Story (IRE) 6-4fav (12-0) Soon raced in 8th at sedate pace to before halfway, ridden over 2f out in 3rd, led under 1f out, kept on well, won at Navan 2m Yielding in Sep beating Agent Boru (12-0) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
There You Go (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Held up in touch, closer order 6f out, ridden in 4th from 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 8, 28 1/2l behind Champagne Classic (12-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f sft in Nov.
Turcagua (FR) 6-4fav (11-12) Towards rear, some progress from 5 out, ridden in 3rd from last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 13, 3 3/4l behind Monalee (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn sft in Nov.
Cagliostro (FR) 66-1 (11-2) Towards rear for most, ridden and no impression before straight, 13th of 18, 32 3/4l behind Riven Light (11-7) at Thurles 2m mdn Yielding in Dec.
Kilfenora (IRE) Yeats gelding out of Blazing Liss.
Toe The Line (IRE) 6-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders on outer, 6th on outer 4 out, pushed along and progress into before straight, went close 3rd 2 out, ridden to dispute lead approaching last, not fluent at last and headed narrowly inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, 2nd of 14, shd behind Forge Meadow (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Burrows Spring (FR) 40-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, ridden into 9th 4f out, no impression in 8th 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 24 3/4l behind Monastery (11-6) at Limerick 2m Yielding in Dec.