MOST PECULIAR was held up at the back on his debut at Fairyhouse and couldn't quite pick up when asked. He'll be better for the experience and can see off Perfect Promise, who has run well enough but is looking exposed. Honey Pound has also had his chances and was just behind Positive Approach at Limerick in December. Drunken Counsel ran a bit better at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day and has Nina Carberry in the saddle while the newcomer Cappal Gan Ainm has a decent pedigree and is one to note in the market.
Bay Sly (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along 5f out and soon no extra, moderate 11th entering straight, kept on one pace, 9th of 14, 37l behind Victoria Hill (11-11) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Jan.
Cappal Gan Ainm (IRE) Milan gelding out of Fair Ava.
Honey Pound (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Mid-division, progress approaching straight and went 3rd 2 out, no impression on winner approaching last, kept on one pace run-in, 3rd of 16, 7l behind Sizing Codelco (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Illusion Of Time (IRE) 8-1 (12-2) Ww, gd prog to chall aftr 3out, on terms 2out, no ex last, 2nd of 17, 1 1/2l behind Blackjack Rebel (12-2) at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gs in Oct.
Isaac Bell (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division, progress into 5th 6f out, 2nd 4f out, ridden 3f out, no extra in 3rd 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 32l behind Twentytwo's Taken (11-4) at Down Royal 2m N H flat sft in Dec.
Positive Approach (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 6th approaching halfway, no impression on winner and kept on same pace from under 2f out, 3rd of 17, 14l behind Stack The Deck (11-11) at Limerick 2m nhf hvy in Dec.
Bohilla (IRE) 66-1 (11-6) Always rear, no extra approaching straight, weakened, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Vigil (11-13) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat.
Drunken Counsel (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Held up towards rear in 7th, progress in 5th entering straight and 3rd 2f out, soon ridden and no impression on winner, no extra from over 1f out,, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Cillian's Return (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat in Jan.
Most Peculiar (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders, close 5th 4f out, ridden in close 3rd 2f out, disputed lead 1 1/2f out, headed under 1f out, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Grand Partner (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Jan.
Fiord Cottage (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Alw pr & ld, adv & still held chance when fell 3out, in a race won by Winnie Cooper (11-1) at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gd in Dec, 14 ran.
Perfect Promise (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Tracked leader in 2nd, disputed briefly approaching straight, ridden and no impression on winner 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Miss Mardan (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m mares n h flat in Jan.
Maryjean (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, ridden 4f out and no extra approaching straight, weakened, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Miss Mardan (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m mares n h flat in Jan.