FAANAN ALDAAR came off second best in a fight for the line over track and trip last month. Beaten only a neck, he can go one better here as third-placed The Crafty Butcher has since boosted the form with a win. Drumgooland wasn't far behind in fourth and should go well again while Best Value's latest fourth at Cork was his best effort so far. Un Beau Roman has proved disappointing over timber so far and Timely Decision makes more appeal on January's fifth at Leopardstown. The more exposed Shershewill could prove best of the remainder on her latest third at Fairyhouse.
Drumgooland (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Led, strongly pressed when jumped left last, headed under pressure over 100 yards out and no extra closing stages, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Golden Firth (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 2f 4yo mdn stks in Mar.
Best Value (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway into 4th before straight, ridden in 3rd 3 out, no extra in 4th next, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 11l behind Clar Na Mionn (11-8) at Cork 2m 4f Conditional Maiden Hurdle (6yo+) hvy in Mar.
Boxwood Boy (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Led, headed and ridden after 3 out, soon no impression, moderate 3rd after 2 out, left 2nd and badly hampered at last, dropped to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 19, 35l behind Mad Brian (11-5) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Buster Molloy 66-1 (11-12) Took keen hold early and soon led, headed 4 out, weakened quickly from next, last of 15, well behind Juan De Gracia (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Derryarkin (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Soon towards rear, never a factor, 11th of 15, well behind The Conker Club (10-8) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Mar.
Dream Crusher (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Always behind, 13th of 16, well behind King Of Firth (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Golden Heron (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, 15th of 18, well behind Rolly Baby (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Sceptre And Crown (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Waited with, headway in pursuit of leaders before straight, soon no impression, 13th of 20, well behind Lughnasa (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Timely Decision (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Waited with, closer in 8th approaching 3 out, chased leaders and no impression from next, kept on, 5th of 16, 11l behind Mister Hotelier (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Un Beau Roman (FR) 6-1 (11-2) Held up, 9th halfway, some headway into 5th approaching straight but no extra from 2 out, weakened, 6th of 11, 25l behind Blazing Sonnet (10-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Feb.
Flagstaff Surprise (IRE) Touch Of Land gelding out of Flaggora.
Grinan Gael (IRE) Whitmore's Conn mare out of Dis Phar.
Shershewill (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Mid-division, progress into 4th 3 out, soon ridden, went 3rd from last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Annie Oakley (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mares mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Valley View Lady (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased clear leader in 4th halfway, ridden and no threat from 3 out, 4th of 8, 47l behind Ma Belle Amie (10-13) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl in Mar.
Faanan Aldaar (IRE) 7-2 (10-2) Tracked leaders in 6th, went 3rd before last, ridden early run-in and kept on well under pressure closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 12, nk behind Golden Firth (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 2f 4yo mdn stks in Mar.