MONKSLAND makes his eagerly-awaited reappearance after his unfortunate experience when strongly fancied for the Neptune Investment Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham where he had no luck in-running before finishing third to Simonsig and Felix Yonger. He should have a big season starting here though Miley Shah has been making great strides and followed a decent effort in a Grade 2 at Tipperary by landing a Punchestown Grade 3 in the easiest fashion imaginable, making all and coming home an incredible 32l clear of the odds-on Trifolium. Shadow Eile has been in very good form all year and won her last two starts over timber before a moderate run in the Irish Cesarewitch. Edeymi couldn't cope with Grade 1 company at Punchestown in April and was behind One Cool Shabra at Gowran in December while Joxer needs to improve and might just need the run.
Monksland (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Mid-division on inside, closed after 5th, headway when not fluent 4 out, hampered by loose horse after 2 out, soon went 3rd, stayed on, no impression on fornt pair, 3rd of 17, 18l behind Simonsig (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Joxer (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Alderwood (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Apr.
One Cool Shabra (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Chased leader, moderate 2nd from 4th, closed 4 out, led after 3 out and clear, reduced advantage before straight, ridden and disputed before 2 out, headed 2 out, no extra in 2nd before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Mulleady (10-7) at Limerick 2m 2f 4yo hdl sft in Oct.
Miley Shah (IRE) 3-1 (10-11) Made all, 6 lengths advantage halfway, awkward 4 out, travelling best entering straight and soon drew clear, stayed on well, very easily, won at Punchestown 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Oct beating Trifolium (11-10) by 32l, 6 ran.
Shadow Eile (IRE) 2-5fav (11-8) Waited with, slight mistake 4 out, soon improved, challenged next, ridden in 2nd approaching 2 out, on terms from before last, soon led and stayed on well, won at Bellewstown 2m 1f hdl in Aug beating Spring Hawk (10-9) by 1l, 8 ran.
Edeymi (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Waited with, towards rear approaching 3 out, no extra from next, 11th of 13, well behind Hisaabaat (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy in Apr.