There are lines of form that suggest this will be another for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh via ROYAL MOLL. She made a winning debut in a Sligo bumper in August in which subsequent hurdles winner Oscar's Passion was 9l behind. Then sent to Galway for her debut over hurdles, she had to fight hard to hold off Catimini, who then proceeded to beat Diyala by just over 5l. The latter made several mistakes including one at the last and should make a race of it with her allowance. Kilbarry Beauty would be a major threat if in the kind of form that saw her beat the long odds-on Urano at Killarney in May but she reportedly finished lame when tackling Grade 3 company at Down Royal on the first day of the month.
Kilbarry Beauty (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Mid-division, pushed along and no extra in 9th when not fluent 2 out, eased, 9th of 10, 48l behind Gambling Girl (10-7) at Down Royal 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1).
Royal Moll (IRE) 4-5fav (11-7) Close up and disputed lead, headed 4th where slight mistake, remained prominent, slight mistake 3 out, slight mistake again next, led last, stayed on well run-in, won at Galway 2m mares mdn hdl hvy in Oct beating Catimini (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Sultana Belle (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden in 10th 2 out, 7th last, kept on run-in to 3rd close home, 3rd of 16, 6l behind Mrs Mac Veale (10-13) at Naas 2m mares hcp hdl 8Evens23.
Coolharbour Breeze (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 6th 5 out, soon ridden, weakened from 3 out, 15th of 16, well behind Evesham Star (10-13) at Wexford 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Oct.
Diyala (IRE) 11-8fav (11-4) Led racing keenly, jumped left, slow 5th, challenged when collided with rival 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last where pecked badly on landing, not recover, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Catimini (11-0) at Thurles 2m mares mdn hdl gd.
Oscar's Passion (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd 2 out, improved to dispute lead on inner before last, led early run-in, stayed on well under pressure, won at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl beating Moreece (11-0) by 3/4l, 13 ran.