Un Beau Roman has been beaten a long way on both starts for Willie Mullins over the minimum trip and connections will be hoping the extra half-mile brings about major improvement. It isn't the toughest of maidens and BLAZING SONNET deserves to get her head in front and this looks a good opportunity. She has been beaten for a turn of foot in her last four starts but the longer trip should help and her rider's claim is a plus. Noble Pageant has now gone 21 starts over hurdles without winning and was beaten a long way at Limerick last time while Tabac Brun is penalised for landing a bumper at Tramore, though he did run well over hurdles there on New Year's Eve. Hunting Party and Angelas Money have shown a glimmer of ability which may be enough to get them involved in a moderate contest.
Tabac Brun (FR) 6-1 (11-5) Prominent, on terms 4th, soon led, looked to be fending off all rivals last, kept on well run-in, caught near finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Indelible Run (10-6) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Angelas Money (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden in 11th 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace straight, 8th of 20, 28l behind Legal Exit (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Austerity Measures (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Prominent and disputed early, tracked leaders in 4th halfway, ridden in 8th entering straight and soon no extra, weakened, 13th of 22, well behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Fort Carson (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 7th 3 out, no impression next and kept on one pace, 6th of 20, 22l behind Curvacious (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Hard Bought (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Soon chased leaders, not always fluent jumping, no extra from 3 out, 10th of 14, well behind The Paparrazi Kid (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Hunting Party (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Mid-division, remote 6th and no impression on leaders 3 out, left remote 3rd at last, kept on one paced, 3rd of 14, 35l behind Defy Logic (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Made In China (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Mid div best, 6th from 1/2way, fair 6th & no impr 4out, to 5th aftr 3out, ko onepcd, 6th of 11, 34l behind Carli King (12-0) at Avaune 3m ire ptp sft in Dec.
Noble Pageant (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Soon tracked leaders, not fluent 6 out, weakened 3 out, 12th of 14, well behind All The Way Home (10-13) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan.
Un Beau Roman (FR) 5-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, ridden from next, no impression before straight, 4th of 15, 24l behind Balnagon Boy (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Blazing Sonnet (IRE) 5-2fav (10-4) Towards rear, headway on outer halfway and tracked leaders approaching 2 out, ridden in 2nd early straight and soon no impression on leader, kept on same pace under pressure, dropped to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 17, 2 3/4l behind Summer Star (10-1) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mares hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Lady Boulea (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 3 out and no extra in 5th early straight, weakened, 5th of 14, well behind Captain Canada (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Zarzamora (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, no extra entering straight, 7th of 19, 10l behind Millie Le Bach (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 2f mrs N H flat gf in May.