Asitsohappens ran so well behind City Slicker at Punchestown in May that he started a short-priced favourite at Clonmel a month later but was beaten when falling at the last. Benrouge has been coming up against useful opposition without threatening and this looks a slight drop in class. BOONDOOMA ploughed through the LImerick mud last week to gain a very easy success in a bumper and though this is a much stiffer test he's in good heart and is taken to follow-up. Connaught Manor hasn't shown much since making a winning bumper debut in July 2102 but Defining Year, placed numerous times in Listed and Group company on the Flat, is surely better than he showed on his hurdling debut at Leopardstown last week.
Asitsohappens (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along approaching straight, no impression from before 2 out, moderate 4th when fell last, in a race won by Another Rebel (11-7) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Jun, 18 ran.
Bar Stool Bob (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Close up and disputed lead, headed before halfway, 3rd before straight, no impression from under 3f out, 8th of 18, 19l behind Montys Meadow (11-9) at Cork 2m N H flat sft in Dec.
Benrouge (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Soon chased leaders, closed into 5th 2 out but no impression, soon 4th and kept on same pace, 4th of 24, 14l behind Rathvinden (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Boondooma (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Led in at start, held up towards rear, closer order from before halfway, 2nd from 4f out, on terms approaching straight, soon led, clear under 2f out, stayed on well, easily,, won at Limerick 2m N H flat hvy in Dec beating Fulton (11-8) by 13l, 7 ran.
Concordin (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, 8th approaching 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 6th of 15, 46l behind The Housekeeper (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Connaught Manor (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Settled towards rear, some headway 3 out but no extra from next, kept on one pace, 9th of 17, 19l behind Mireya (10-12) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Deano (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Held up, progress into 7th 3 out, ridden in 6th and no impression before straight, weakened, 9th of 18, well behind Indian File (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Defining Year (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up, went moderate 5th 2 out, soon no extra, 5th of 8, 48l behind Double Irish (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Fort Carson (IRE) 28-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd 3 out but ridden and dropped to 5th before next, no extra, 5th of 11, 23l behind Blazing Sonnet (10-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Feb.
Knowhentofoldem (IRE) 6-1 (12-2) Cl up, 4th 6out, dropped 7th aftr 4out, prog bef 2out & much clser in 3rd bef last & so to go 2nd flat, not reach wnr, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Valentino's Choice (12-2) at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp gd in Dec.
Mardar (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Took keen hold early, held up, soon towards rear and never a factor, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Moonshine Lad (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f 5yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Oscar's Fancy (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and weakened after 4 out, eased after 2 out, completely tailed off, 16th of 17, well behind Apache Jack (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl in Dec.
Paddy's Faith (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden in 11th 3 out, soon no impression, 7th of 18, well behind Indian File (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Sea Of Steel (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, no threat from 3f out, 14th of 15, 39l behind Wrath Of Titans (11-4) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Nov.
Touchforcengage (IRE) Gamut gelding out of Alexandra Parade.
Shantou Shine (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, no extra approaching straight, 19th of 30, well behind Sizing Tennessee (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Dec.