Willie and Patrick Mullins won this with a 1/8 chance last year and PINK HAT will start at short odds for her hurdling debut. A couple of bumper victories will ensure she's ready to start her new career in top condition and she cannot be realistically opposed. Winning point-to-pointer Tikka Light has gradually improved over timber, though this may prove on the short side, but Theatre Bird has shown some potential and will be suited by the trip. Fair Funny was 11 lengths behind the selection at Wexford in August but showed much improved form at Punchestown last time and may get closer.
Pink Hat (IRE) 4-6fav (11-6) Tracked leader in 2nd and took keen hold, led after 5f, kept wide entering straight and wandered slightly 1f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Wexford 2m mrs N H flat gd in Aug beating Angel Chorus (10-1) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Bennys Girl (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Mid-division, improved on outer into 5th before straight, no impression from 2 out, badly hampered at last, 8th of 12, 17l behind Emily Gray (11-7) at Limerick 2m mares mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Crabtrees Glory (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Held up, reminder after 4th, under pressure from next, trailing when slow jump 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Ballyroe Rambler (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Diamond Gesture (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th 3f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, no extra 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 10l behind Romantic Fashion (11-4) at Limerick 2m mares n h flat sft in Nov.
Emmy Lou 50-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 17th of 19, well behind Moyle Park (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Fair Funny (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased leader in 2nd, led entering straight, soon ridden and challenged, headed over 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 20, 6l behind Shesafoxylady (11-9) at Punchestown 2m mrs N H flat gf in Oct.
Kala Brandy (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, close up 5f out, 3rd 4f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, challenged for 2nd briefly 1f out, no extra final furlong and kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 23l behind Ballykeereen (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 2f mrs N H flat hvy in May.
Lindas Choice (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, pushed along briefly halfway, ridden in 7th 3f out, soon no impression, 7th of 11, 9l behind Mr Boss Man (11-7) at Punchestown 2m N H flat in Nov.
Littlegrace Lady (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 6th 4f out, ridden in 6th entering straight, kept on without threatening final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Mr Boss Man (11-7) at Punchestown 2m N H flat in Nov.
Optimistic Mag (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 7th of 19, 34l behind Ballinalacken (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f 5yo mdn hdl gf in Jun.
Shesadingdong (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Held up, 11th approaching 4 out, weakened next, completely tailed off, 9th of 15, well behind The Housekeeper (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Theatre Bird (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Led, headed 4f out, ridden and no extra over 3f out, 9th of 14, 23l behind Romantic Fashion (11-4) at Limerick 2m mares n h flat sft in Nov.
Tikka Light (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leaders and 6th halfway, ridden after 4 out and went 3rd next, no impression on winner and moderate 2nd 2 out, kept on one pace,, 2nd of 14, 9l behind Our Katie (11-7) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Nov.
Anastasia Elizabet (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, ridden 5f out and no extra approaching straight,, 9th of 14, 40l behind Western Boy (11-11) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Nov.
Crazy Diva (IRE) Saddlers' Hall filly out of Crazy Falcon.
Hell Cat Maggie (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) In rear, pushed along briefly after 5 out, went moderate 5th 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 22l behind Briar Hill (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Idontdalaay (IRE) Medaaly filly out of Asset Dancer.