A tough opener where the market is likely to prove the best guide under the circumstances. More Madness landed plenty of hefty bets when successful in a bumper at Limerick in May but that race hasn't worked out as anticipated and he was well held when trying to defy a penalty at Listowel. STARKIE looked to need his reappearance run in a decent contest at Punchestown as he shaped well before fading out of contention. He's likely to have come on for that run and has to be the percentage call. Shamar won a couple for Alain De Royer-Dupre when trained on the Flat in France though he ran no sort of race on his hurdling debut for current connections. Fickle Fortune is held in high regard in the Noel Meade team and ran well when runner-up at Navan yesterday.
Ainroe (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Always behind, last of 11, well behind Prince Ludovic (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Apr.
Beyond The Tunnel (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Alw in rr, nev a dngr, 7th of 13, 25l behind Louis Phillipe (12-0) at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gd in Oct.
Clar Na Mionn (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 3f out, no extra over 2f out, weakened, 7th of 9, well behind King Of Firth (12-0) at Galway 2m N H flat in Oct.
Coolmill (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, led or disputed lead until headed before 5th, remained prominent until struggling 4 out, weakened quickly and pulled up before next, in a race won by Steady Ed (11-12) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Nov, 7 ran.
Icthec (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 29l behind Courageous Cry (11-2) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
More Madness (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Soon disputed lead, headed from before halfway, remained prominent, ridden in 2nd approaching straight, soon lost place and no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 10l behind In The Well (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f N H flat in Jun.
Starkie 7-2 (11-12) Prominent, led from 5th, headed 2 out, no impression into straight, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 16l behind Just A Par (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
The Bugler (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, no extra approaching 3f out, completely tailed off, 11th of 17, well behind Railway Icon (11-7) at Down Royal 2m N H flat gs in Aug.
Adroon Bridge (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, went 3rd 3 out but no impression on first 2 entering straight, no extra, 3rd of 9, 27l behind Living Next Door (11-4) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Foolish Notions (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Always behind, tailed off, 15th of 18, well behind Ally Cascade (11-7) at Thurles 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Jubilee Year (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Mid-division early, moderate 5th halfway, pushed along in moderate 3rd 3f out, ridden and no extra 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 14l behind Posiden Sea (11-4) at Clonmel 2m N H flat in Nov.
Rebel Again (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Always behind, weakened before 4 out, completely tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind Ally Cascade (11-7) at Thurles 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Roadtotheisland (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Mid div, wknd from 5out, rr & pu 3out, in a race won by Sergeant Mattie (11-7) at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp hvy, 15 ran.
Shamar (FR) 2-1fav (11-7) Prominent, raced green and jumped left, led from 3rd, joined 3 out, headed before next and soon no extra, weakened, 7th of 17, 37l behind Ballynacree (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Feb.
Shanpallas (IRE) Golan gelding out of Evnelu.
Strategic Bid 33-1 (10-13) Held up and failed to settle, never a factor, eased when beaten in straight, completely tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Jezki (10-13) at Naas 2m hdl Grade 3 (1) in Nov.
Wasgo (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Led, headed from 5th, 4th 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 19l behind Just A Par (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
C'est La Mode (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Mid-division, 6th halfway, 4th 3 out no extra approaching straight, no threat in 6th from 2 out, 6th of 11, 29l behind Backinthere (10-13) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Grange Queen (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Soon mid-division, 6th 4 out, no impression next, 11th of 14, 46l behind Missunited (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jun.
Way Up In The Air (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Waited with until rapid headway to lead from 5f out, travelling best from 2f out, asserted and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Cork 2m N H flat hvy in Nov beating Lord Of Tara (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Fickle Fortune (IRE) 3-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, good headway travelling well into 8th on outer 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, soon ridden, 2nd inside final furlong, kept on without reaching winner, 2nd of 19, 4l behind Joanne One (10-13) at Navan 2m mrs N H flat lst (1) hvy in Nov.
Piece D'or (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) Prominent in chasing group, well off the pace, lost place and no extra 4 out, 10th of 17, 46l behind The Boys Dont Know (10-13) at Thurles 2m mares mdn hdl in Nov.
Profoundly (IRE) 66-1 (10-6) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 8th of 14, 15l behind Cloudgazer (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf in Sep.
Overbury Prince (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Not fluent 4th, never better than mid-division, 10th of 22, 36l behind Champagne Fever (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Perfect Focus (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Ld & disp til ran off track 4out, in a race won by Ballybough Gorta (11-7) at Oldcastle 2m ire ptp gd in Apr '11, 8 ran.
Crowned Supreme (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Towards rear, 10th approaching straight, no threat from 2 out and kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 18l behind Bullet Street (11-9) at Limerick 2m cond mdn hdl hvy in Nov.