WELLS CHINA's only victory to date came over this course and distance in June and, though now 10lb higher, he's been running well enough to double his winning tally. Kick Start has yet to win a race but ran so well behind Might Be Magic at Fairyhouse a fortnight ago that he's an obvious danger. The Conker Club has a course and distance victory to his credit and, though hardly consistent, it would be no surprise if he bounced back from a poor run at Cork. Silver Chief and Afatcat are others to consider along with the four-year-old Benalex Park, who hasn't had much experience but starts from a low enough mark.
Jacks Island (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 10th of 15, 33l behind Wilde Sapphire (10-12) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Silver Chief (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Rear of mid-division, 12th before 6 out where a little slow, closer in 5th approaching straight, no impression from 2 out, 8th of 13, 18l behind Danequest (11-3) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Oct.
Curragh Golan (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, slight mistake 3rd, 3rd halfway, mistake 5 out, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra before next, weakened, 8th of 9, 44l behind Sizing Australia (10-13) at Wexford 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) sft in Oct.
The Conker Club (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Attempted to make all, clear approaching 6 out, slight mistake next, reduced lead before straight, headed before 2 out, soon no extra, 6th of 12, 28l behind Alpha And Omega (10-3) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gd in Oct.
Heads Or Tails (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 9th halfway, no impression in 8th 2 out and kept on one pace,, 7th of 18, 24l behind Giantofaman (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Kalaroa (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, on terms 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon headed and no extra from before last, 8th of 10, 21l behind Ange Balafre (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo nov hdl in Nov.
Oscar Zulu (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, 14th before straight, soon no impression, kept on without threatening, 6th of 18, 17l behind Fantasy King (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl gf in Sep.
Kick Start 7-1 (11-6) Soon mid-division, closer in 6th approaching 4 out, challenged in 2nd from before last, led run-in, headed and kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Might Be Magic (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov.
Wells China (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Settled towards rear, good headway 4 out and disputed next, not fluent 2 out and headed, soon ridden and no impression in 3rd when not fluent last, no extra run-in, 4th of 15, 9l behind Presenting Beara (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
The Hamptons (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Waited with towards rear, went 8th before straight, soon no impression, 7th of 12, 31l behind College Boy (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Afatcat 10-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, some headway in 8th after 2 out but moderate 6th entering straight, no extra, 10th of 16, 20l behind Vicalus (11-5) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep.
Catchin Time (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Towards rear, no danger from after 6 out, 14th of 19, well behind Real Steel (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Cheap As Chips (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Held up, mistakes 5th and 5 out, ridden and no impression 3 out, 8th of 12, 47l behind Hospital (11-11) at Wexford 2m 1f beg chs sft in Oct.
Real Appeal (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Soon towards rear, no extra from before 3 out, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Zane Grey (11-6) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Jul.
Benalex Park 16-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden 3 out, weakened from next, 11th of 13, 21l behind Director's Forum (11-7) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.