held up, towards rear halfway, good progress into 4th after 3 out, challenged before 2 out, disputed 2 out, ridden before last, slight mistake last, soon jinked left and rider briefly unbalanced, soon headed and kept on same pace closing stages
Knockraha Boss makes a quick reappearance after a good run at Cork on Sunday but he's never won under Rules in 31 starts. Barna Venture has been chasing and reverts to hurdles on a 20lb lower mark so has to go on the shortlist though it's about time last year's runner-up LORD BORU was winning another race. Placed on his next start here on New Year's Day, he ran very well at Ballinrobe when last seen in May and should be good enough if ready after his break. Captain Cobajay won over fences at Fairyhouse in October and has had a confidence booster on the Flat since falling at Thurles. He's 10lb lower back over timber and though Musical Ava has had her moments she's now 0-25 and has a poor jumping record.
Red Lemonade (IRE) 80-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, some headway after 4 out, moderate 5th after 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 5th of 17, 22l behind Fan De Blues (11-9) at Thurles 2m mdn sft in Nov.
Barna Venture (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 2nd 4 out, disputed lead 3 out, soon ridden, headed after 2 out, 2nd at last, 3rd and no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 11 1/2l behind Allardyce (11-4) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hvy in Nov.
Knockraha Boss (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Held up early, soon mid-division, 6th halfway, closer in 3rd 4 out, closed up behind leader on inner 3 out, 3rd and slight mistake 2 out, soon ridden, no impression last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 6 1/2l behind Southerner (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hcp sft in Dec.
Lord Boru (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden to dispute before last, headed 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 3l behind Weekend Offender (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 2f hcp gd in May.
Captain Cobajay (IRE) 40-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, never a factor, pushed along and no impression approaching straight, no extra, 10th of 14, 17l behind Grandmaster Flash (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn pol in Nov.
Western Rambler (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden in 6th after 3 out, no extra before 2 out, 8th of 14, dist behind Young Dev (12-4) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Black Ice (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Mid-division early, towards rear halfway, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 10th of 17, 21l behind Cher Why Not (11-4) at Thurles 2m 7f hcp gd in Feb.
Sabichi (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division, slightly hampered and rear of mid-division after 8th, mid-division after 4 out, no extra after next, weakened, completely tailed off, 14th of 18, dist behind Mossy White (11-11) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp sft in Nov.
Musical Ava (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Led from 1st, headed approaching 3 out, soon pushed along and no extra from 2 out, 6th of 18, 15 1/2l behind Arizengo (10-11) at Thurles 2m hcp Good - Yielding in Oct.
Elusive Intrusive (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, ridden along and no impression before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, completely tailed off, 13th of 14, dist behind Peaches And Cream (11-6) at Downpatrick 2m 3f hcp gd in Jul.
Lady Of The Rea (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) In rear, struggling from 5 out, last of 9, dist behind Monthyne (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (5) gd in May.