Authorative is better over further but was leading at this trip when headed at the last over 2m4f at Punchestown and will make a bold bid despite being put up another 2lb. Hallmark has been improving with each run after a long break but had no answer to TEQANY at Gowran and there isn't much in it at the weights. The winner is only four and progressing nicely so will be difficult to beat. Just A Normal Day scored over fences here last month before swapping stables and carrying a big weight into second over hurdles at Downpatrick. He looks certain to go well while Cairnhill doesn't look badly treated for his handicap debut.
Hallmark (IRE) 4-1jfav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 2 out and disputed lead early straight, soon ridden and 4th bypassing last, no impression closing stages, 4th of 11, 4l behind Teqany (11-4) at Gowran Park 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Dia Del Sol 16-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden into 7th 2 1/2f out, no impression 2f out, soon no extra, 10th of 15, 12 1/2l behind Prosecution (9-7) at Listowel 1m 1f hcp hvy in Sep.
Just A Normal Day (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, dropped to 3rd before last and soon ridden, kept on into 2nd inside final 100 yards, not threatening winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Muroor (11-8) at Downpatrick 2m 3f hcp sft in Oct.
Patsio (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Mid-division early, 8th halfway, switched left towards inner approaching 3 out, no impression before straight, last of 12, dist behind Brex Drago (11-5) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp Yielding - Soft in Sep.
Khudha (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) 2nd early, soon raced in 3rd, 4th straight, pushed along 3f out, soon no impression, 6th of 7, 10 3/4l behind Constancio (9-8) at Navan 1m 5f hcp gf in Jun.
Soleglad (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, in touch after 3 out, outpaced after next, soon weakened, last of 8, 28 1/4l behind Vivant (12-5) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Cairnhill (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Soon disputed lead, slight mistakes 5th and 6th, bumped with rival after 2 out and soon headed, dropped to 3rd and not fluent last, one pace, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Aoibhe's Beau (11-5) at Tramore 2m mdn gd in Oct.
Teqany (IRE) 11-4 (10-9) Soon raced in 2nd, 3rd when left 2nd again from 4 out, slightly slow next, pushed along before 2 out, not go with leader when left in lead last, kept on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m gd in Oct beating Whatsinthecorner (11-10) by 18l, 6 ran.
Shamash (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Rear of mid-division, some headway on inner early straight, pushed along and no impression over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 11th of 12, 10 1/2l behind Sheila's Hope (9-7) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gd in Aug.
Nulife (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) A little keen and slightly impeded early when 8th, soon raced in 7th, improved and on terms before straight, headed over 1f out, soon no impression, one pace, 3rd of 15, 8 3/4l behind Acclamatio (9-13) at Thurles 1m 4f hcp gf in Oct.
Authorative (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Soon led, joined approaching 3 out, soon regained narrow lead until joined again before straight, narrowly headed before last, kept on without matching front pair closing stages, 3rd of 16, 1 3/4l behind Messie (11-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp gd in Oct.
Xinbama (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) In rear, headway into 5th after halfway, ridden in 5th after 2 out, moderate 4th before last, went 3rd early run-in, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 10 1/2l behind Milliner (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn gd in Oct.