ELIMAY was left to pick up the pieces when Sinoria had a fatal fall at the second last on her chasing bow at Cork. However, she was going best at the time and would have won anyway so it was an impressive performance. She holds Agusta Gold on that run though the latter will be much better suited by this longer trip. Tintangle was well beaten and looks held but the selection's stable companion Cut The Mustard looked a fine chasing prospect when scoring easily at Limerick. Caravation made most and came home in good style at Naas and should be winning again soon, though she takes on much better class.
Elimay (FR) 9-4 (10-11) Held up in rear, 4th after 4th, closer in 3rd 4 out, improved to challenge travelling well 3 out, soon narrow lead, left with clear advantage 2 out, steadied last, pushed out briefly run-in, easily, won at Cork 2m 1f (1) sft in Dec beating Agusta Gold (10-11) by 5l, 5 ran.
Agusta Gold (IRE) 2-1 (10-8) Tracked leader in 2nd, pushed along briefly at 8th, led 3 out, ridden and joined next, headed entering straight, no impression on winner at last, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 3 1/4l behind Salsaretta (11-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f Yielding in Dec.
Cut The Mustard (FR) 7-2 (11-7) Rear, mistake at 2nd, 5th to clear leaders after 4th, progress to 3rd at 8th, travelled well into 2nd after 3 out, soon 3rd, improved to lead before 2 out where jumped right, asserted and kept on well, easily, won at Limerick 2m 4f Soft - Heavy in Dec beating Denham Hana (11-7) by 14l, 6 ran.
Grey Waters (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, never a factor, pecked slightly 1st, not fluent 4 out and no extra after next, last of 8, dist behind Stormy Ireland (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4f (1) Yielding in Dec.
Tintangle (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, progress to 3rd and in touch with leaders when fell 5 out, at Limerick 2m 4f (1) hvy in Dec.
Western Victory (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leader in 2nd early, led from 3rd, joined 4 out, ridden and headed 3 out, soon dropped to 4th, moderate 4th 2 out, no impression, 4th of 5, 26 1/2l behind Coeur Sublime (10-13) at Down Royal 2m (1) Yielding - Soft in Nov.
Caravation (IRE) 6-5 (11-7) Disputed lead, led from 3rd, headed 6th, close 2nd when left well clear 3 out, well clear entering straight, stayed on well from 2 out, eased run-in, easily, won at Naas 2m Yielding in Jan beating Goodnightngodbless (11-7) by 9l, 5 ran.